As my research project comes to a close, I’d like to attempt to make some broad conclusions and tie together the concepts of health promotion and community capacity building one last time. In previous posts I discussed the importance of using research as a link between capacity building and health promotion and examined the sociological concept of community. In this final post I would like to introduce a community based research method that unites concepts in these previous posts and in my opinion, is one of the most promising methods through which to conduct capacity building and health promotion in unison. This method is called community based participatory research, abbreviated as CBPR .
During the past month I’ve been writing, editing and rewriting my research paper, which focuses on the intersection between community capacity building and health promotion. The more I researched, it became clear that I’ve tackled a pretty huge topic that could take volumes to explain. So, I’ve decided to view my Monroe project as an introductory document that provides a simplified explanation of how health promotion and capacity building can be conducted in tandem. Cognizant of the fact that this is only a starting place for much more in depth investigations, it is important to frame my research in the right sociological context before continuing. Thus, in this post I’m going to discuss the concept of community and it’s relevance to capacity building and health promotion. I’ve used some information from people who can explain this more clearly than I, so excuse the citations.
Hello! Since you’ve stumbled upon this blog entry, or perhaps arrived here intentionally, I hope you’ll take the time to read about some of my research! Whether you’re a public health enthusiast, sociology major or are just reading out of curiosity, this blog will provide insight into health promotion strategies, community capacity building, and how they can be united through research.
Health promotion is defined as a means by which individuals in a community are enabled to increase control over their health, largely achieved through health education, public policy measures and increasing access to resources. Health promotion recognizes environmental and social contributions to health in addition to the actions of individuals and is often enacted at the community level. Health promotion efforts may be aided by utilizing sociological ideas such as community-capacity building, which is the engagement of partners and communities in decision-making and taking measures to bring about shared developmental goals. Community capacity building is one of many outcomes of participatory development, a community development strategy that seeks to engage community members in developmental endeavors. This investigation will be an examination of theories, research and projects in public health and community development that aim to intersect participatory development and health promotion strategies.