Community Organizing and Advocacy - Coggle Diagram
Community Organizing and Advocacy
Participatory health promotion involves a cyclical process of listening, reflection and action which is similar to reflexivity and how important it is for health promotion.
Begins with listening instead of telling people what to do.
This approach helps us to look beyond the individual and consider the environment that communities are in and how it creates health inequities.
Reciprocity is crucial, especially with communities that are over researched and engaged.
Storytelling allows people across different backgrounds to find a common ground and work with their differences.
An example of this is valuing Indigenous communities traditions of history being passed on from generations to generations through stories.
Reinforces that participatory health promotion takes time as relationships need to be built before taking any action.
This relates back to arts-based health promotion in terms of using storytelling to inform the health promotion work.
Community health promotion, organizing and advocacy gives power and voice to communities that have been silenced for many generations.
It can also be a tool to further analyze surface factors more deeply, which more often than not is an outcome of systemic racism, politics, and neoliberalism.
Liberation of communities
Serves as a basis for root cause analysis and relates to equity-centred design
Health promotion can bring communities together to build solutions that meet their needs better.
It can also create an opportunity for social participation that is meaningful for people and ultimately may provide a sense of control, empowerment, and improve health behaviours.
Let communities define their problem, or at least aid in the process so it truly reflects their needs and desires.
It is also important to recognize when people don't feel like they can participate due to personal matters, knowing that they have an option to participate in itself can be empowering.
The different forms of community organization is determined by the intended goals of the community.
A big influence has been what has happened in society during that time e.g. feminist movement, cultural humility
Empowerment is often mentioned within the public health sphere as an intended goal.
Leadership development can encourage traditionally silenced communities to become active participants and collaborators in health promotion work, rather than being the target of a program or initiative.