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The policy and practice of taking energetic action to right perceived wrongs that afflict society or a particular group. Activism is commonly directed to causes such as improving facilities for persons with physical impairments and has often played an honorable role in public health reforms but can have a negative aspect when an influential group promotes a cause that may have unfavorable public health implications, such as the National Rifle Association's successful blocking of much gun control legislation in the United States. See also advocacy.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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