Community Capacity Building for Health: A Critical Look at the Practical Implications of This Approach

Lay Summary 

There is a great deal of literature examining the benefits and relevance of community participation and community capacity building in health promotion and disease prevention endeavors. Academic literature embracing principles and commitment to community participation in health promotion practices often neglects the complexities involved and the flexibility required to work within this approach. This article addresses some of these challenges through a case study of two projects funded by Provincial Wellness Grants in Newfoundland and Labrador, a province in Canada with a strong tradition of community ties and support systems. In addition to addressing the unique circumstances of the community groups, this research allowed the authors to examine the situational context and power relations involved in the provision of services as well as the particular forms of subjectivity and citizenship that the institutional practices support. Recognizing this complex interdependency is an important step in creating more effective intervention practices.

Published in: Sage Open April- June 2012: 1-12

Community Health and Humanities
Industrial Research And Innovation Fund (IRIF) And Faculty Of Medicine Start-up Fund
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Social Conditions
Health Promotion
Health Research
Qualitative Research
Industry Sectors 
Scientific Research and Development Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Start date 
1 Jan 2012