Special Issue "Community Participation in Health Promotion: Challenges and Successes"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: participatory action reserach; mixed methods; community health promotion; intersectoral collaboration; disadvantaged groups; citizen science; public health policy; physcial activity; sexual and reproductive health; nutrition
2 Faculty of Health, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Tafelbergweg 51, 1105 BD Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Interests: community health; health promotion; neighborhood; disadvantaged groups; urban environment; urban spatial planning; resident engagement; citizen science
This Special Issue seeks to report the challenges and successes of community participation in health promotion programs, research, and policies, with the aim to advance our understanding of best practices and to support future health promotion development.
Community participation is a key element of effective health promotion, ensuring it adequately addresses the needs of community members. ‘Whole-of Society’ approaches that include all community and other stakeholders are broadly advocated. Community members hold important local knowledge that may feed into health promotion programs, research, and policy, contributing to its effectiveness. Equally importantly, community participation has the potential to enhance health literacy, empowerment, and social cohesion, amongst others.
In health promotion, professionals (practitioners, researchers, policymakers) often struggle to engage (sufficient) community members. In the cases where community members participate, their perspectives are usually collected, but often, levels of community participation in subsequent activities remain low. For communities, it is not always clear how their input was used. Insight into best practices, explaining what works, how it works, and in which context, is needed to improve community participation in health promotion. In addition, the values underlying community participation need to be explored and explicated.
We invite you to submit papers about community participation in health promotion that address issues, such as effective approaches for community participation; the societal impact (e.g., health literacy, empowerment, social cohesion) of community participation; practical and ethical challenges; and the role of professionals, researchers, and policymakers. The settings and situations can be diverse, for example, urban spatial planning or community health and welfare programs.
Dr. Annemarie Wagemakers
Dr. Lea den Broeder
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- community participation
- health promotion
- whole of society approach
- urban spatial planning
- health literacy
- social cohesion
- professional skills