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Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health [Hardcover]

Paul A. Gaist

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March 24 2010 038798156X 978-0387981567 2010

Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health introduces readers to the pursuit and potential of community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations to transform global public health. At a time of unprecedented challenges, economic crises, social inequalities, environmental stressors, emerging health threats, these organizations are initiating and driving change, often being the first to call attention to the issues and increasingly forging significant and sustainable solutions.

Through concrete examples, success stories, and cautionary tales from experienced practitioners, Igniting the Power of Community demonstrates why understanding the roles of the diverse organizations of this sector is vital to anyone concerned with improving health and public health today. This forward-thinking book explains how citizen sector organizations work, their immediate and long term impact on public health, and the key players and business dynamics involved. With an emphasis on innovative approaches, it provides an "insiders view" into practical considerations regarding organizational structure, financing, and operations. A sampling of the coverage:

The new era of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy

Sustainability in international public health NGOs

Front-line perspectives from both well-established and grassroots CBOs

Faith-based organizations and public health

NGOs and the military: evolving relationships in conflict and disaster zones

Understanding the environmental health movement and its impact

Project YEAH: a youth AIDS organizations story.

Whether you are involved in clinical care, health research, public health programs, or policy development and implementation, this book provides key insights and skills, and will serve as an invaluable resource in working most effectively with and within these dynamic organizations.

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"Origins and impacts of health and disease exist in diverse communities throughout the world. Igniting the Power of Community clearly describes the organized response of persons and communities at all levels of society and the challenges they face in reaching their potential to have maximum impact on protecting and preserving the public health. An important book to read."
–James W. Curran, MD, MPH, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

"This book is a guide to understanding, working with, and improving nongovernmental and community-based organizations. For those of us interested in improving the health of populations, Igniting the Power of Community should be required reading."
–Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"This book is a valuable resource for anyone who wishes to become involved in global health, as a student, a professional, a researcher, a community activist, or a policy maker. Igniting the Power of Community is, indeed, a formidable and inspiring force for good." -Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies

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Igniting the Power of Community
The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health

Edited by Paul A. Gaist, PhD, MPH
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Igniting the Power of Community: The Role of CBOs and NGOs in Global Public Health introduces readers to the pursuit and potential of community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations to transform global public health. At a time of unprecedented challenge economic crises, social inequalities, environmental stressors, emerging health threats these organizations are driving change, often being the first to call attention to the issues and increasingly forging significant and sustainable solutions.

Igniting the Power of Community demonstrates why understanding the roles of the diverse organizations of this sector is vital to anyone concerned with improving health and public health today. This forward-thinking book explains how citizen sector organizations work, their immediate and long term impact on public health, and the key players and business dynamics involved. A sampling of the coverage:

The new era of social entrepreneurship and philanthropy

Sustainability in international public health NGOs

Front-line perspectives from both well-established and grassroots CBOs

Faith-based organizations and public health

NGOs and the military: evolving relationships in conflict and disaster zones

Understanding the environmental health movement and its impact

Whether you are involved in clinical care, health research, public health programs, or policy development and implementation, this book will serve as an invaluable resource in working most effectively with and within these dynamic organizations.

"The origins and impacts of health and disease exist in diverse communities throughout the world. Igniting the Power of Community clearly describes the organized response of persons and communities at all levels of society and the challenges they face in reaching their potential to have maximum impact on protecting and preserving the public health. An important book to read."James W. Curran, M.D., M.P.H., Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

"This book is a guide to understanding, working with, and improving nongovernmental and community-based organizations. For those of us interested in improving the health of populations, Igniting the Power of Community should be required reading."Michael J. Klag, M.D., M.P.H., Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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5.0 out of 5 stars From a CBO in the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Saba July 20 2012
By Teodor Stan - Published on Amazon.com
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Through its various contributions this book stresses the primacy of community based agency in defining not just local but global public health responses to present challenges. It highlights how community mobilization affords a level of self-reliance that is essential to the success of international and public institutions in advancing global health agendas. The insights provided may have a great impact on any individual interested in public health, researcher, student or policy maker. Skillfully edited for clarity and structure, broadly inclusive, the volume drives the point that citizen sector buy-in defines outcomes. Citizen sector organizations are portrayed as vital drivers and implementers of good health practices.
Countless stories can be added to this book reaffirming its premise. My first-hand experience of running a CBO in the tiny Dutch Caribbean island of Saba would be among such. In the time spent on this island I've seen this resilient community`s ability to skillfully pursue its various health challenges and interests at local, regional and international levels, and noticed how sustainable changes come from within the tight-knit community, driven-in by a few determined individuals. When there is no local buy-in and dedication from community organizations, internationally or nationally funded public health agendas tend to fail despite substantial resource backing. This is still not fully grasped at times by visiting civil servants or representatives of international funding agencies arriving on a tiny Caribbean island.
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