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Engaging with communities

Bronwen Bermingham and Alison Porter

in Community health and wellbeing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348180
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348180.003.0005
Engaging with communities

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This chapter discusses the lessons that can be learned from the Sustainable Health Action Research Programme (SHARP) in Wales about the character of communities and strategies for engaging with communities. It considers community engagement as a continuing process, and one in which initial engagement and re-engagement offer particular challenges to both communities and to the SHARP partnerships. The chapter evaluates the extent to which communities engaged with the various SHARP projects and suggests that the experience of all the projects within SHARP is at odds with unitary conceptions of community and community leadership.

Keywords: SHARP; communities; Wales; community engagement; community leadership

Chapter.  8459 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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