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Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care$
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Jane Banaszak-Holl, Sandra Levitsky, and Mayer Zald

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388299.001.0001

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The Institutionalization of Community Action in Public Health *

The Institutionalization of Community Action in Public Health *

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Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care

Mark Wolfson

Maria Parries

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the institutionalization of community action in public health. To say that some kind of activity is “institutionalized” means that it has become “routine,” a relatively stable and fixed part of supported and required behavior. Community participation in public health activities and policy has become supported and mandated in the public health funded programs of the U.S. government. Social movements have been deeply intertwined with the public health profession and state policy. The paper discusses the adoption, standardization, and dissemination of community action in its several forms (e.g., community organizing, community coalitions, and community‐based participatory research). They are able to chart the dramatic increase in the funding of community action methods, using a data base of federally funded biomedical research.

Keywords:   community collaboration, public health policy, social movements, community organizing, public health research

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