ERIC Number: EJ975260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
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Scientific and Popular Health Knowledge in the Education Work of Community Health Agents in Rio de Janeiro Shantytowns
Zanchetta, M. S.; Kolawole Salami, B.; Perreault, M.; Leite, L. C.
Health Education Research, v27 n4 p608-623 Aug 2012
Health education for socially marginalized populations challenges the efficacy of existing strategies and methods, and the pertinence of the educational and philosophical principles that underpin them. The Brazilian Community Health Agents Initiative (CHAI) hires residents of deprived marginalized communities to undertake health promotion and education in their communities. The ultimate goal of the CHAI is to connect populations with the public healthcare system by promoting social re-affiliation, protecting civil rights and enhancing equity of access to health services. In this article, we present the education work of community health agents through interplay between popular and scientific health knowledge in nine Rio de Janeiro shantytowns. A critical ethnographic research design, using thematic analysis, allowed us to explore agents' education work to enhance family health literacy in shantytowns. Local culture and social practices inspire Agents to create original strategies to reconcile forms of health knowledge in their work.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Civil Rights, Health Education, Health Promotion, Public Health, Ethnography, Disadvantaged, Social Justice, Social Action, Urban Areas, Critical Theory, Cultural Context, Educational Strategies, Community Health Services, Community Programs, Program Descriptions, Access to Health Care, Health Personnel
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil