Community Development

1846 WordsMay 23, 20108 Pages
A written proposal outlining a project based on community development principles to assess and address health inequalities within a particular community. Health inequalities are likely to affect different population groups in a variety of ways. Certain groups of people and particular factors are linked to an increased risk of experiencing health problems. Commentators such as McKeown (1979) have made the case that medicine has a small impact as a determinant of health. Others have also argued that aspects of living conditions, associated with varying levels of economic and social development are more significant in determining whether or not people become ill (Curtis, S. 2004) (Check Clark Sociology text book to identify groups that…show more content…
At his stage design will be translated into effective operating programs. Priority intervention activities will be determined and the pro’s and cons of each possible activity considered ie what is most likely to succed Some obstacles: Top-down approaches. For instance, not consulting the community on projects, imposing solutions to problems and a failure to respond to community aspirations. Being too ambitious and unrealistic on what can be achieved. For instance, setting up unrealistic time frames for project completion. At the outset timescale should be agreed along with required actions and regular review dates. An absence or unwillingness to engage with the community by the project leads. Without community engagement, strategies to address health inequalities are unlikely to succeed. Lack of trust in the project lead. A lack of policy interventions to back up public information campaigns or social advertising. Information campaigns (or social advertising) that are not integrated into wider measures, or that are not supported by other policy interventions, are likely to fail to achieve lasting benefits. They are likely to reach only the “worried well” or better-off members of society. V6oluntary and community sector organisations can lobby for policy change in tandem with running
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