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Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being, 2nd Edition

Prevention Is Primary: Strategies for Community Well Being, 2nd Edition

Larry Cohen, Vivian Chavez, Sana Chehimi

ISBN: 978-0-470-55095-3

Sep 2010, Jossey-Bass

464 pages

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The new edition of Prevention Is Primary provides models, methods, and approaches for building health and equity in communities. This comprehensive book includes the theory, concepts, and models needed to harness social justice and practice primary prevention of unnecessary illness and injury. Ideal for students as well as practitioners, this thoroughly revised and updated second edition combines an overview of advances in the field with effective approaches in the current economic and health care climate.

With contributions from noted experts, Prevention Is Primary shows practical applications of intervention science to social and health problems and issues facing at-risk and vulnerable groups. The book describes the overarching framework and principles guiding prevention efforts, including a focus on social justice and health equity, and community resilience. It explores the transition from prevention theory to implementation and practice and from interdisciplinary collaboration to evaluation. Highlighting the book's usefulness as a teaching and learning tool, Prevention Is Primary has real world examples, learning objectives, and review questions for each chapter.

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Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.


Foreword (Georges C. Benjamin).

The Contributors.

Introduction (Larry Cohen, Vivian Chávez and Sana Chehimi).

Part One: Defining the Issues.

1 The Imperative for Primary Prevention (Larry Cohen and Sana Chehimi).

2 Achieving Health Equity and Social Justice (Wayne H. Giles and Leandris C. Liburd).

Sidebar: Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Nancy McArdle, Theresa L. Osypuk, Bonnie Lefkowitz and Barbara Krimgold.

3 Individual, Family, and Community Resilience (Bonnie Benard).

Part Two: Key Elements of Effective Prevention Efforts.

4 Community Organizing for Health and Social Justice (Vivian Chávez, Meredith Minkler, Nina Wallerstein and Michael S. Spencer).

5 Working Collaboratively to Advance Prevention (Larry Cohen and Ashby Wolfe).

Sidebars: Deborah Balfanz, Soowon Kim and Ellen Wu.

6 The Power of Local Communities to Foster Policy (Makani Themba-Nixon).

7 Using Media Advocacy to Influence Policy (Lori Dorfman).

8 The Impact of Corporate Practices on Health and Health Policy (Nicholas Freudenberg and Sandro Galea).

9 Primary Prevention and Program Evaluation (Daniel Perales).

Part Three: Prevention in Context.

10 Preventing Injustices in Environmental Health and Exposures (Stephanie Ann Farquhar, Neha Patel and Molly Chidsey).

Sidebars: Nancy M. Goff and Peter Murchie.

11 Health and the Built Environment (Howard Frumkin and Andrew L. Dannenberg).

12 Creating Healthy Food Environments to Prevent Chronic Disease

(Leslie Mikkelsen, Catherine S. Erickson, Juliet Sims and Marion Nestle).

13 A Public Health Approach to Preventing Violence (Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Rachel A. Davis).

Sidebar: Dionne Smith Coker-Appiah, Mysha R. Wynn and Donald Parker.

14 The Limits of Behavioral Interventions for HIV Prevention (Dan Wohlfeiler and Jonathan M. Ellen).

15 Mental Health in the Realm of Primary Prevention (Anita M. Wells, GiShawn A. Mance and M. Taqi Tirmazi).

Sidebar: Joseph P. Gone.

Name Index.

Subject Index.