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The Power of Trading: Exploring the Value of a Trading Shop as a Health-Promoting Community Engagement Approach

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NUTRIM, Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University, 6229 HA Maastricht, The Netherlands
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CAPHRI, Department of Health Services Research, Maastricht University, 6229 HA Maastricht, The Netherlands
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CAPHRI, Academic Collaborative Center for Public Health, Public Health Service Southern Limburg, 6411 TE Heerlen, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4678; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134678
Received: 29 April 2020 / Revised: 12 June 2020 / Accepted: 27 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Participation in Health Promotion: Challenges and Successes)
Involving and engaging vulnerable communities from the very beginning is important if we wish to enhance general well-being. With a focus on equal partnership with low-socioeconomic status (SES) families, a Trading Shop in Vaals was developed as a community engagement initiative. In the current study, we focused on the participation process, from preparation to sustaining the Trading Shop, in order to define whether the Trading Shop can be successful in engaging families through focusing specially on their needs and perceived positive health. A formative case study design was carried out to monitor, evaluate, and timely adjust the developments within the Trading Shop by using participatory action research. The Trading Shop was monitored from its preparation to its opening, as well as during the start and the steps taken towards continuation in the form of municipal policy. The results showed one central theme during all phases: the optimal navigation between top-down support from professionals and bottom-up developments among the volunteers in the Trading Shop. With the input from both approaches, it was possible to create an optimal environment for the volunteers to achieve personal development. The inclusivity and accessibility of the Trading Shop as a community engagement initiative offered the opportunity to volunteers to enhance their needs, realizing personal growth and development of their talents in several positive health domains. View Full-Text
Keywords: community engagement; positive health; low-SES families; partnership community engagement; positive health; low-SES families; partnership
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Prevo, L.; Kremers, S.; Jansen, M. The Power of Trading: Exploring the Value of a Trading Shop as a Health-Promoting Community Engagement Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4678.

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