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Jane South, Judy White, and Mark Gamsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305316

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.001.0001

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Benefits and value

Benefits and value

(p.45) Four Benefits and value
People-centred public health

Jane South

Judy White

Mark Gamsu

Policy Press

The main justifications for engaging lay people in the delivery of public health programmes are examined in this chapter. Based on findings from the ‘People in Public health’ study, it presents six key reasons; communication and access, bridging, peer support, service capacity, personal impact and the value of community networks. These justifications are discussed in relation to theory, research and public health practice, while drawbacks are also identified. The evidence base for lay health worker and peer interventions is briefly reviewed, along with a discussion of the potential social and economic benefits. The chapter concludes that the moral and ethical arguments that support greater community participation are underpinned by notions of social justice and democratic rights.

Keywords:   bridging, access, peer support, evidence, community participation, rights

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