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Section A
Foundations of Health Promotion

  Module 1
  Definitions and Concepts

--Module 2
--Module 3
--Models of Health
--& Health Promotion
--Module 4

Section B
Health Promotion in Action
--Module 5
  --- Learning Outcomes
  --- Reflective Exercise
  --- Content Discussion
  --- Reflective Exercise
  --- Content Discussion
  --- Reflective Exercise
  --- Readings and Resources
--Module 6
--Module 7
Section C
Building your Health Promotion Practice
--Module 8
--Current Practice
--Module 9
--Future Considerations

Content Discussion - Part 2

Community Mobilization and Partnerships: Some Guiding Principles

Closely tied to the concept of empowerment is the notion of community capacity or problem-solving ability as a central goal and outcome of community organization. By enhancing the leadership, planning, communication, negotiation, advocacy and lobbying skills of participants, community organization strategies strengthen the collective ability of community groups to address their shared concerns (McKnight and Kretzmann, 1997).

In practice, community mobilization involves the formation of partnerships between different interests and organizations. While the language of partnership implies that each stakeholder group has an equal share of decision-making power, responsibilities and benefits, the reality is that community partnerships are seldom conducted on a level playing field.

It is, therefore, important that groups carefully assess the potential benefits and drawbacks as they begin to identify potential partners. From his extensive work in community partnerships, John Lord has designed a helpful series of questions for this purpose (Lord, 1994).

 5.2: Identifying Potential Community Partners

<<Begin Checklist>>

Who will benefit?
Who will be harmed?
Is there a common purpose and value?
What beliefs about people and change are inherent in the project?
How will differences be addressed?
Who will control the process?
How will partners work together so that the experience of each partner is honoured?
How will participation be maximized?
How will valued resources be shared?

<<End of checklist >>



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