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Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun;115(2-3):205-11.

Assets-oriented community assessment.

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Prevention Research Center at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health, Columbia 29208, USA. pasharpe@sph.sc.edu

Abstract

Determining how to promote community health requires that community health workers first assess where the community stands. The authors maintain that Healthy Communities initiatives are better served by assets-oriented assessment methods than by standard "problem-focused" or "needs-based" approaches. An assets orientation allows community members to identify, support, and mobilize existing community resources to create a shared vision of change, and encourages greater creativity when community members do address problems and obstacles.

PMID:
10968755
PMCID:
PMC1308712
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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