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Key Elements of Community Health Advocacy

Strategies for Developing a Successful Community Health Advocate Program

Maurana, Cheryl A. PhD; Rodney, Marilyn M. MS, RN

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“We want someone who looks and talks like us to help us find ways to be healthier.” This quote, from a Dayton, Ohio, community leader in 1992, led to the development of a community health advocate program with a focus on neighbors helping neighbors to improve health. This article describes advocacy at the individual level and outlines the step-by-step process taken in Dayton to develop a community health advocate program. This process includes: (1) the advocate recruitment and training process; (2) the roles the advocates play; (3) how the investment in them pays off; (4) how students can be included; and (5) how the program is evaluated.

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.



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