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ERIC Number: EJ931983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Adult Learning, Community Education, and Public Health: Making the Connection through Community Health Advisors
Mayfield-Johnson, Susan
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n130 p65-77 Sum 2011
Community health education does more than educate communities about health. In the most basic form, community health education seeks to enable citizens to assume responsibility for their own and their community's health through an understanding of their community's health problems and the societal influences that act upon them. Many community health education programs focus on populations described as minority, at-risk, low-income, and medically underserved. Over 43 million people in the United States are classified as medically underserved, with racial and ethnic minority populations making up a disproportionate percentage of this population. Many community health education programs address these issues through community health workers (CHWs) who lead efforts to increase access to health service delivery and reduce communities' diseases. Known by myriad titles, CHWs are individuals indigenous to their communities who culturally link community members with health service delivery systems through outreach. This chapter provides an overview of community health education; describes efforts occurring within the Mississippi Delta and Alabama to develop individuals as community health advisors for their local areas; and describes the process of their learning to become agents of change in their own lives and in the lives of their community members.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Mississippi; United States