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Using Community Involvement Strategies in the Fight against Infant Mortality: Lessons from a Multisite Study of the National Healthy Start Experience

Minkler, Meredith and Thompson, Mildred and Bell, Judith and Rose, Kalima and Redman, Dina (2002) Using Community Involvement Strategies in the Fight against Infant Mortality: Lessons from a Multisite Study of the National Healthy Start Experience. Health Promotion Practice, 3 (2). pp. 176-187.

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Abstract

This article presents the findings of a multisite qualitative study of the community involvement experience of nine Healthy Start sites in their efforts to reduce infant mortality. Empowerment theory was used as a broad theoretical framework, and in-depth interviews, focus groups, observation, and documents review were the primary data collection methods utilized. Six key ways in which community involvement was found to enrich the program are described. These ranged from creating the conditions in which individuals could improve their parenting skills to mobilizing communities to help change programs, practices, and policies. Lessons learned for this program and for other initiatives aimed at eliminating health disparities are discussed.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: community involvement; infant mortality; health disparities
Subjects: Health
Health > Prenatal & Pediatric Health
Practice
Research > studies
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    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2011 14:12
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/941

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