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Community-Oriented Health Services

SKU# 9780826198174

Practices Across Disciplines


  • Elias Mpofu PhD, DEd, CRC
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Grounded in a transdisciplinary approach, this groundbreaking text provides extensive, evidence-based information on the value of communities as the primary drivers of their own health and well-being. It describes foundational community health concepts and procedures and presents proven strategies for engaging communities as resources for their own health improvementñan important determinant of individual well-being. It is based on recommendations by the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and on the premise that healthy communities are those with populations that participate in their own health promotion, maintenance, and sustenance. The book is unique in its integration of environmental and social justice issues as they significantly affect the advancement of community health.

The text focuses on community-oriented health interventions informed by prevention, inclusiveness, and timeliness that both promote better health and are more cost effective than individually focused interventions. It addresses the foundations of community-oriented health services including their history, social determinants, concepts, and policies as well as the economics of community-oriented health services and health disparities and equity. It covers procedures for designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating sustainable community health coalitions along with tools for measuring their success. Detailed case studies describe specific settings and themes in U.S. and international community health practice in which communities are both enactors and beneficiaries. An accompanying instructor's manual provides learning exercises, field-based experiential assignments, and multiple-choice questions. A valuable resource for students and practitioners of education, public policy, and social services, this book bridges the perspectives of environmental justice, public health, and community well-being and development, which, while being mutually interdependent, have rarely been considered together.


  • Offers a new paradigm for improving public health through community-driven health coalitions
  • Includes evidence-based strategies for engaging communities in the pursuit of health
  • Demonstrates how to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate community health partnerships
  • Presents transdisciplinary approaches that consider environmental and social justice variables
  • Includes contributions of international authors renowned in community health research and practice

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 08, 2014
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826198174
  • EISBN 9780826198181

Table of Contents 





1. Community-Oriented Health Services: History, Framework, Nature, and Significance

Elias Mpofu, Abdolvahab Baghbanian, Jerome E. Bickenbach, and Jessica Brooks

2. Health Policy Analysis

Ruopeng An, Christina Huang, and Abdolvahab Baghbanian

3. Economics of Community-Oriented Health Services

Tracy Comans, Erika Turkstra, and Paul A. Scuffham

4. Ethics and Equity in Community Health

Jerome E. Bickenbach


5. The Role of Community Health Workers in Implementing Community-Oriented Primary and Preventive Services Across the Lifespan

Bruce Rapkin

6. Monitoring and Evaluation of Community-Oriented Health Services

Elias Mpofu, Mary K. Lam, Ngonidzashe Mpofu, Ebonee T. Johnson, and W. Douglas Evans

7. Environmental Metrics for Community Health

Howard Frumkin

8. Quality-of-Community-Life Indicators

Robert A. Cummins, Elias Mpofu, and Maidei Machina

9. Community-Oriented Health Services in Low-Resource Settings

Susan Williams and Kevin R. Ronan


10. Disability Social Inclusion and Community Health

Debra A. Harley, Elias Mpofu, Justin Scanlan, Veronica I. Umeasiegbu, and Ngonidzashe Mpofu

11. Home-Based Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing Rooted in a Community-Oriented Strategy in Low-Resource Settings

Knut Fylkesnes and Charles Michelo

12. Community Health and Disaster Recovery

Kevin R. Ronan, Barbara Kelly, Jeanne LeBlanc, and Susie Burke

13. International Immigrant and Refugee Health Issues

Lisa Lopez Levers, Beverley-Ann Biggs, and Amy Strickler

14. Community Health Interventions for People With Developmental Disabilities

Gloria K. Lee, Connie Sung, Laura Skotarczak, and Marcus L. Thomeer

15. International Trends in Community-Oriented Mental Health Services

Alan Rosen, Paul O'Halloran, Roberto Mezzina, and Kenneth S. Thompson

16. Epilogue: What Matters in Community-Oriented Health Services?

Abdolvahab Baghbanian, Elias Mpofu, and Syeda Zakia Hossain



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