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Health Activism

Health Activism
Foundations and Strategies

First Edition

January 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Activism is action on behalf of a cause, action that goes beyond what is conventional or routine and is relative to the actions by others.

Health activism is a growing area of interest for many who work to improve health at both national and international levels because it offers a more direct approach to achieve lasting social and political change. This book, for the first time, provides a clear foundation to the theory, evidence-base and strategies that can be harnessed to bring about change to improve the lives and health of others.

For anyone working to improve the health of groups and communities, this will be thought-provoking reading. It has particular relevance for postgraduate students and practitioners in public health and health promotion.

Foundations of Health Activism
International Experiences of Activism
Activism and the Health Practitioner
Strategies to Influence Healthy Public Policy
Activism and the Social Determinants of Health
Activism and the Media
The Individual as Activist
Community Activism
Networks and Activism
The Future Role of Health Activism

Learning Disabilities nurses have a clear role in challenging the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities. Students are directed to the sections on power, ethics and leadership as part of their studies. An interesting text, and although not specifically learning disabilities focused so much is transferrable.

Mrs Kim Scarborough
nursing, University of the West Of England
October 14, 2014

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