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Am J Prev Med. 1997 Jul-Aug;13(4):240-3.

Conference report: community-based health promotion--state of the art and recommendations for the future.

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Department of Health Services, University of Washington, Seattle 98195, USA.


The evaluators of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Community Health Promotion Grants Program in the West and the Foundation brought together 21 researchers, funders, and community organizers with a variety of perspectives on community-based health promotion to share what has been learned to date and how that knowledge should be applied in the future. The two-day conference was divided into three sessions, covering conceptual, implementation, and evaluation issues. Specific topics were selected by the organizers with input from participants. Two papers were presented in each session, followed by comments from discussants and a general discussion involving the entire group. The dominant theme of the conference was the relationship between communities and outside institutions, focusing on problems with the current state of relations and how they might be improved in the future. All viewed building partnerships between communities and institutions as a desirable goal; however, the challenges involved in building effective partnerships are considerable and require a substantial investment to make them work. Recommendations that emerged from the discussions included explicitly acknowledging the diverse interests of the parties in community-based programs at the earliest stages of program planning; making a concerted effort to bridge the cultural gaps that exist among the parties; structuring funding to allow enough lead time for partnerships to develop or using social reconnaissance to identify strong existing partnerships; and integrating the evaluation more closely into the process of program development.

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