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Community health and wellbeing: Action research on health inequalities

Steve Cropper, Alison Porter, and Gareth Williams


Improving health in populations in which it is poor is a complex process. This book argues that the traditional government approach of exhorting individuals to live healthier lifestyles is not enough – action to promote public health needs to take place not just through public agencies, but also by engaging community assets and resources in their broadest sense. The book reports lessons from the experience of planning, establishing, and delivering such action by the five-year Sustainable Health Action Research Programme (SHARP) in Wales. It critically examines the experience of SHARP in relati ... More

Keywords: improving health, healthier lifestyles, public health, public agencies, community assets, SHARP, community health, health inequalities, community-based action, health policy

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9781861348180
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348180.001.0001


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Steve Cropper, editor

Alison Porter, editor

Gareth Williams, editor

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Three Policy innovation to tackle health inequalities

Alison Porter, Chris Roberts, and Angela Clements

Four Action research partnerships: contributing to evidence and intelligent change

Steve Cropper, Helen Snooks, Angela Evans, Janet Pinder, and Kevin Shales

Five Engaging with communities

Bronwen Bermingham, and Alison Porter

Seven Evaluation, evidence and learning in community-based action research

Sandra Carlisle, Helen Snooks, Angela Evans, and David Cohen

Nine Beyond the experimenting society

Gareth Williams, Steve Cropper, Alison Porter, and Helen Snooks

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