Toward resourcefulness: Pathways for community positive health

Laura E. R. Peters*, Geordan Shannon, Ilan Kelman, Eija Meriläinen

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Communities are powerful and necessary agents for defining and pursuing their health, but outside organizations often adopt community health promotion approaches that are patronizing and top-down. Conversely, bottom-up approaches that build on and mobilize community health assets are often critiqued for tasking the most vulnerable and marginalized communities to use their own limited resources without real opportunities for change. Taking into consideration these community health promotion shortcomings, this article asks how communities may be most effectively and appropriately supported in pursuing their health. This article reviews how community health is understood, moving from negative to positive conceptualizations; how it is determined, moving from a risk-factor orientation to social determination; and how it is promoted, moving from top-down to bottom-up approaches. Building on these understandings, we offer the concept of ‘resourcefulness’ as an approach to strengthen positive health for communities, and we discuss how it engages with three interrelated tensions in community health promotion: resources and sustainability, interdependence and autonomy, and community diversity and inclusion. We make practical suggestions for outside organizations to apply resourcefulness as a process-based, place-based, and relational approach to community health promotion, arguing that resourcefulness can forge new pathways to sustainable and self-sustaining community positive health.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Artikelnummer1051370
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftGlobal Health Promotion
Volym29
Nummer3
Sidor (från-till)5-13
Antal sidor9
ISSN1757-9759
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 22.11.2022
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift

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