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Public Health Advocacy

Regina A. Galer-Unti

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0028
Public Health Advocacy

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The term “public health advocacy” refers to educating, organizing, and mobilizing for systems change in population health. Current and future threats to the health of the community are identified and public health advocates work to inform, create, and influence legislation and change the environment in order to create circumstances in which optimal health is possible. Public health advocacy occurs through media, legislative, and grassroots efforts. Although individual health advocacy for patient and client can be practiced, it should be stressed that public health advocacy, like the core discipline of public health, is undertaken to enhance the health of communities through improved health policies and programs. This article provides a collection of resources (books, journal articles, websites, etc.) selected to provide insight into public health advocacy as fundamental to the discipline of public health. In addition, sources that demonstrate the successful use of advocacy in influencing systems change are provided.

Article.  7757 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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