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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 "tool kit" of appendixes includes guidelines for assessing coalition effectiveness, exercises for critical reflection on our own power and privilege, and training tools such as "policy bingo." 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.

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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 “tool kit” of appendixes that includes guidelines for assessing coalition effectiveness, exercises for critical reflection on power and privilege, and such training tools as “policy bingo.”

 

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 university’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 Illustrations

Acknowledgments

PART ONE

Introduction

1. Introduction to Community Organizing and Community Building

2. Why Organize? Problems and Promise in the Inner City

PART TWO

Contextual Frameworks and Approaches

3. Improving Health through Community Organization and Community Building

4. Contrasting Organizing Approaches

5. Community Building Practice

PART THREE

Building Effective Partnerships and Anticipating and Addressing Ethical Challenges

6. Community, Community Development, and the Forming of Authentic Partnerships

7. Ethical Issues in Community Organizing and Capacity Building

8. Building Partnerships between Local Health Departments and Communities

PART FOUR

Community Assessment and Issue Selection

9. Community Health Assessment or Healthy Community Assessment

10. Mapping Community Capacity

11. Selecting and “Cutting” the Issue

PART FIVE

Community Organizing and Community Building within and across Diverse Groups and Cultures

12. Education, Participation, and Capacity Building in Community Organizing with Women of Color

13. African American Barbershops and Beauty Salons

14. Popular Education, Participatory Research, and Community Organizing with Immigrant Restaurant Workers in San Francisco’s Chinatown

PART SIX

Using the Arts and the Internet as Tools for Community Organizing and Community Building

15. Creating an Online Strategy to Enhance Effective Community Building and Organizing

16. Using the Arts and New Media in Community Organizing and Community Building

PART SEVEN

Building, Maintaining, and Evaluating Effective Coalitions and Community Organizing Efforts

17. A Coalition Model for Community Action

18. Community Organizing for Obesity Prevention in Humboldt Park, Chicago

19. Participatory Approaches to Evaluating Community Organizing and Coalition Building

PART EIGHT

Influencing Policy through Community Organizing and Media Advocacy

20. Using Community Organizing and Community Building to Influence Public Policy

21. Organizing for Health Care Reform

22. Media Advocacy

Appendixes

1. Principles of Community Building

2. Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis Procedure

3. Challenging Ourselves

4. A Ladder of Community Participation in Public Health

5. Coalition Member Assessment

6. Community Mapping and Digital Technology

7. Using Force Field and “SWOT” Analysis as Strategic Tools in Community Organizing

8. A Checklist for Action

9. Criteria for Creating Triggers or Codes for Freirian Organizing

10. Scale for Measuring Perceptions of Control at the Individual, Organizational, Neighborhood, and beyond-the-Neighborhood Levels

11. Policy Bingo

About the Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813553009
Author:
Minkler, Meredith (edt)
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Author:
Minkler, Meredith
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 figures, 8 tables
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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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 “tool kit” of appendixes that includes guidelines for assessing coalition effectiveness, exercises for critical reflection on power and privilege, and such training tools as “policy bingo.”

 

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