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Community Organizing and Community Building for Healthby Meredith Minkler
Synopses & Reviews
The third edition of Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare provides new and more established ways to approach community building and organizing, from collaborating with communities on assessment and issue selection to using the power of coalition building, media advocacy, and social media to enhance the effectiveness of such work.
With a strong emphasis on cultural relevance and humility, this collection offers a wealth of case studies in areas ranging from childhood obesity to immigrant worker rights to health care reform. A andquot;tool kitandquot; of appendixes includes guidelines for assessing coalition effectiveness, exercises for critical reflection on our own power and privilege, and training tools such as andquot;policy bingo.andquot; From former organizer and now President Barack Obama to academics and professionals in the fields of public health, social work, urban planning, and community psychology, the book offers a comprehensive vision and on-the-ground examples of the many ways community building and organizing can help us address some of the most intractable health and social problems of our times.
Dr. Minkler's course syllabus: Although Dr. Minkler has changed the order of some chapters in the syllabus to accommodate guest speakers and help students prep for the midterm assignment she uses, she arranged the actual book layout in a way that should flow quite naturally if instructors wish to use it in the order in which chapters appear.
Book News Annotation:
The revised edition of Minkler's text on grass-roots public health work provides insights into systems of inequality in the US that have public-health consequences, such as race, class, and gender. Minkler (health and social behavior, U. of California, Berkeley) chose chapters that address areas including the use of community organizing to influence policy; use of the arts in community building and organizing; online activism; and the role of cultural humility and systems change in building effective partnerships between local health departments and community residents. The intended audience is professionals in fields such as health education that lie at the interface of health systems and communities.
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The third edition offers new and more established ways to approach community building and organizing, from collaborating with communities on assessment and issue selection to using the power of social media to enhance the effectiveness of such work. Numerous case studies ranging from childhood obesity to immigrant worker rights to health care reform are provided as well as a andldquo;tool kitandrdquo; of appendixes that includes guidelines for assessing coalition effectiveness, exercises for critical reflection on power and privilege, and such training tools as andldquo;policy bingo.andrdquo;
Since the early twentieth century, politically engaged and socially committed U.S. health professionals have worked in solidarity with progressive movements around the world. Often with roots in social medicine, political activism, and international socialism, these doctors, nurses, and other health workers became comrades who joined forces with people struggling for social justice, equity, and the right to health.
Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown bring together a group of professionals and activists whose lives have been dedicated to health internationalism. By presenting a combination of historical accounts and first-hand reflections, this collection of essays aims to draw attention to the longstanding international activities of the American health left and the lessons they brought home. The involvement of these progressive U.S. health professionals is presented against the background of foreign and domestic policy, social movements, and global politics.
As public health problems such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, violence, and environmental toxins become an ever greater part of our national landscape, grassroots public health work has become all the more important. This updated and revised edition of a highly praised volume provides meaningful insights into the systems of inequality in the United States--such as race, class, and gender--that impact health. The book includes timely and powerful case studies of lessons learned and challenges faced in community building and organizing. Several more theoretical essays offer conceptual tools for creating and implementing strategies for community-based approaches to public health. At a time of unprecedented challenges and opportunities for agencies, outside funders, and policy makers, Community Organizing and Community Building for Heath provides the tools for students and professionals who are working to build healthier communities. In its second edition, this classroom favorite includes updated versions of a number of the original chapters, as well as new chapters and appendixes in areas such as using community organizing to influence policy; using the arts in community building and organizing; online activism; and the role of cultural humility and systems change in building effective partnerships between local health departments and community residents.
About the Author
MEREDITH MINKLER, DrPH, MPH, is a professor of health and behavior at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and the founding director of the universityandrsquo;s Center on Aging. She is the coauthor or editor of numerous books, including Community-Based Participatory Research: From Processes to Outcomes (with Nina Wallerstein).
Table of Contents
List of Figures
1. Introduction: Health Comrades, Abroad and at Home
2. The Making of Health Internationalists
3. The Perils of Unconstrained Enthusiasm
4. American Medical Support for Spanish Democracy, 1936andndash;1938
5. Medical McCarthyism and the Punishment of Internationalist Physicians in the United States
6. Contesting Racism and Innovating Community Health Centers
7. Barefoot in China, the Bronx, and Beyond
8. Medical Internationalism and the andldquo;Last Epidemicandrdquo;
9. Social Medicine, at Home and Abroad
10. Find the Best People and Support Them
11. Cooperantes, Solidarity, and the Fight for Health in Mozambique
12. From Harlem to Harare
13. Brigadistas and Revolutionaries
14. Health and Human Rights in Latin America, and Beyond
15. History, Theory, and Praxis in Pacific Islands Health
16. Doctors for Global Health
17. Doctors Across Blockades
18. Across the Generations
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