Healthier Societies

From Analysis to Action
Author: Jody Heymann
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019517920X
Category: Medical
Page: 417
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Extensive research has shown that social factors are as important as biological ones in determining health. This work addresses the fundamental questions which will lead the way toward countries investing seriously in improving social conditions, as a way of improving population health.

Building better societies

Promoting social justice in a world falling apart
Author: Atkinson, Rowland,Mckenzie, Lisa
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447332040
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
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What would it take to make society better? For the majority, conditions are getting worse and this will continue unless strong action is taken. This book offers a wide range of expert contributors outlining what might help to make better societies and which mechanisms, interventions and evidence are needed when we think about a better society. The book looks at what is needed to prevent the proliferation of harm and the gradual collapse of civil society. It argues that social scientists need to cast aside their commitment to the established order and its ideological support systems, look ahead at the likely outcomes of various interventions and move to the forefront of informed political debate. Providing practical steps and policy programmes, this is ideal for academics and students across a wide range of social science fields and those interested in social inequality.

Successful Societies

How Institutions and Culture Affect Health
Author: Peter A. Hall,Michèle Lamont
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139479784
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Why are some societies more successful than others at promoting individual and collective well-being? This book integrates recent research in social epidemiology with broader perspectives in social science to explore why some societies are more successful than others at securing population health. It explores the social roots of health inequalities, arguing that inequalities in health are based not only on economic inequalities, but on the structure of social relations. It develops sophisticated perspectives on social relations, which emphasize the ways in which cultural frameworks as well as institutions condition people's health. It reports on research into health inequalities in the developed and developing worlds, covering a wide range of national case studies, and into the ways in which social relations condition the effectiveness of public policies aimed at improving health.

Security, with Care

Restorative Justice and Healthy Societies
Author: Elizabeth M. Elliott
Publisher: Fernwood Publishing
ISBN: 9781552664254
Category: Interpersonal relations
Page: 239
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"Restorative justice, as it exists in Canada and the U.S., has been co-opted and relegated to the sidelines of the dominant criminal justice system. In Security, With Care, Elizabeth M. Elliott argues that restorative justice cannot be actualized solely within the criminal justice system. If it isn't who we are, says Elliott, then the policies will never be sustainable. Restorative justice must be more than a program within the current system -- it must be a new paradigm for responding to harm and conflict. Facilitating this shift requires a rethinking of the assumptions around punishment and justice, placing emphasis instead on values and relationships. But if we can achieve this change, we have the potential to build a healthier, more ethical and more democratic society."--Publisher's website.

Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics - Third Edition


Author: Michael Yeo,Anne Moorhouse,Pamela Kahn,Patricia Rodney
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1460400747
Category: Philosophy
Page: 420
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Concepts and Cases in Nursing Ethics is a case-based exploration of the core principles of health care ethics applied to nursing. The book is a collaboration between philosopher-ethicist Michael Yeo and nurse-ethicist and educators Anne Moorhouse, Pamela Khan, and Patricia Rodney. It thus combines philosophical and ethical analysis with extensive knowledge and experience in nursing and health care. The book is organized around six main concepts in health care ethics: beneficence, autonomy, truthfulness, confidentiality, justice, and integrity. A chapter is devoted to the elucidation of each of these concepts. In each chapter, historical background and conceptual analysis are supplemented by case studies that exemplify issues and show how the concept applies in health care and nursing practice. In this new edition, the conceptual analysis throughout has been updated and reworked in view of changes in the health care system. In addition, there is a new chapter specifically devoted to recent developments affecting nursing and other health professions. Previous case studies have been modified and new ones added to address current and emerging issues. Although the text focuses mainly on the social and political situation of nursing, the analysis has relevance also for medicine and the allied health professions, and indeed for anyone working in the health system.

Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies


Author: Raj S. Bhopal
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191644803
Category: Medical
Page: 408
View: 2007

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The globalization of trade and increasing international travel and migration poses huge challenges for health practitioners and policy makers who have to meet legal and policy obligations to provide health care of equal quality and effectiveness for all. Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies provides an accessible introduction to the complex issues of race, ethnicity and minority populations. The book explains the process of migration and the uses and misuses of the key concepts of race and ethnicity, illustrating their strengths and weaknesses in epidemiology, policy making, health service planning, research, health care and health promotion. Including many examples from around the world to demonstrate the theory in a practical way, and written in a clear and straightforward style with all terminology explained, this is an ideal book for all students and professionals in the field of migration, ethnicity and race in the health care context. "Bhopal's important and comprehensive Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies challenges us to achieve better health for ethnic minority populations... provides critical and thought-provoking insights into public health research and clinical practice with multi-ethnic populations." - The Lancet "Professor Bhopal has produced an invaluable addition to the growing mountain of resources on ethnicity and health...One of the greatest merits of this text is that it is written by someone who has been involved in high-quality research on ethnicity and health in many contexts and for many years. The author therefore is able to draw upon first-hand experience or research with which he has been associated, as well as providing examples from other key players in the field." - Diversity in Health and Social Care

A Big Fix

Radical solutions for Australia’s environmental crisis, expanded and revised edition
Author: Ian Lowe
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1863953833
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 116
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'If civilisation is to survive, this century will have to be a time of dramatic transformation, not just in technological capacity but also in our approach to the natural world - and each other. The road we are travelling now can only end in disaster.' - Ian Lowe The warnings from scientists are urgent and unequivocal- our civilisation is unwittingly stepping in front of an ecological lorry that is about to fl atten us. We are using resources future generations will need, damaging environmental systems and compromising social stability by increasing the gap between rich and poor. In short, we are eating up the future. Without a radical rethinking of the way we currently live, our society is doomed. In A Big Fix, pre-eminent scientist and environmentalist Ian Lowe tackles this problem head on and offers far-reaching solutions to our environmental and social crisis. He advocates a fundamental change to our values and social institutions and offers a vision of a healthier society - one that is humane, takes an eco-centric approach, adopts long-term thinking, uses our natural resources responsibly and is informed about the workings of our natural systems. History has shown that human systems can change quickly and radically. We are a resilient, resourceful and highly adaptable species. Once we recognise the need for fundamental change - and act on it - an equitable and sustainable Australia can be within reach.

Community Health and Wellness

Primary Health Care in Practice
Author: Anne McMurray,Jill Clendon
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
ISBN: 0729579549
Category: Medical
Page: 432
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A new edition of the esteemed nursing text exploring social, cultural and political issues affecting individual and community health What makes a healthy community? And how can nurses and midwives support community health and wellbeing? In Community Health and Wellness, 4th Edition: Primary health care in practice, authors Anne McMurray and Jill Clendon advance the discussion of health as a product of the interaction between people and their environment. Engagingly written and based on extensive research, this valuable nursing textbook is ideal for nursing students as well as those working in the field. Issues such a gender and cultural inclusiveness provide essential backdrops to evidence-based policy, research and the provision of equitable health care for all. The Miller Family case study This new edition of Community Health and Wellness features a common family case study running throughout the text. The Miller family crosses Australia and New Zealand; providing examples of primary health care issues in both countries. These include child health services, accessing care, adolescent health, contemporary family issues, ageing, cultural support and inclusive health care. • global insights with a focus on primary health care practice in Australia and New Zealand • promotion of community health care across the lifespan • a unique socio-ecological approach to community health • the Ottawa Charter, the Jakarta Declaration and the Bangkok Charter are included as contemporary health promotion guidelines for practice • extensive references providing current, specific source information • an emphasis on health literacy, intervention and health promotion • an evolving case study in each chapter, with links to reflective activities • a focus on learning outcomes to facilitate the integration of policy, research and practice • exploration of Australian and New Zealand nursing and midwifery roles in primary health care practice • strong pedagogy to increase engagement and emphasise key community health issues • reflective exercises and action points encouraging readers to consider key issues, their implications and next steps • research studies exemplifying each chapter’s central theme and promoting evidence-based practice

The Mother and Child Project Discussion Guide

Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope
Author: Zondervan,
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310344174
Category: Religion
Page: 48
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A discussion guide specifically written as a companion piece to The Mother and Child Project that will prompt helpful conversations for book clubs, small groups, and others interested in the topic of women and child health throughout the world and how the church community should get involved. The discussion guide is divided into four sessions-- one to complement each section of the book, The Mother and Child Project. Each session is divided into two parts: “At Home”—several suggested essays to read from the book prior to the gathering to discuss—and “In Your Small Group”—several discussion questions, often supplemented by a pertinent quote from the book, plus a follow-up activity to become personally involved. Dozens of influential leaders have heard the pleas of mothers and children in developing countries. Raising their voices to inspire a movement to increase healthy pregnancies and lower death rates, Melinda Gates, Kay Warren, Bill Frist, Kimberly Williams Paisley, Michael W. Smith and more speak out about why people of faith must get involved in The Mother and Child Project: Raising Our Voices for Health and Hope. Almost 287,000 women die each year because of pregnancy and birth complications. Many orphans are left behind in the wake of this tragedy, and without a mother, many of those children die as well. If only enough people knew. We have the resources to prevent this crisis, but we must take action. Fortunately, Hope Through Healing Hands, a nonprofit organization promoting awareness for healthy mothers and children worldwide, is already spreading the word. Not only can we save lives, reduce abortions, and decrease death rates, but also we can help build healthier, thriving families and bring stability and sustainability to families, communities and nations. The question is, will you join them?

Social Inequality and Public Health


Author: Salvatore J. Babones
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 9781847423207
Category: Medical
Page: 243
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This book brings together the latest research findings from some of the most respected medical and social scientists in the world, surveying four pathways to understanding the social determinants of health.

Geographies of Health

An Introduction
Author: Anthony C. Gatrell,Susan J. Elliott
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118274857
Category: Science
Page: 424
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Setting out the debates and reviewing the evidence that links health outcomes with social and physical environments, this new edition of the well-established text offers an accessible overview of the theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and research in the field of health geography Includes international examples, drawn from a broad range of countries, and extensive illustrations Unique in its approach to health geography, as opposed to medical geography New chapters focus on contemporary concerns including neighborhoods and health, ageing, and emerging infectious disease Offers five new case studies and an fresh emphasis on qualitative research approaches Written by two of the leading health geographers in the world, each with extensive experience in research and policy

The Impact of Inequality

How to Make Sick Societies Healthier
Author: Richard Wilkinson
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595586601
Category: Social Science
Page: 355
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Comparing the United States with other market democracies and one state with another, this book offers irrefutable evidence that unequal societies create poor health, more social conflict, and more violence. Richard Wilkinson, a pioneering social scientist, addresses the growing feeling—so common in the United States—that modern societies, despite their material success, are social failures. The Impact of Inequality explains why inequality has such devastating effects on the quality and length of our lives. Wilkinson shows that inequality leads to stress, stress creates sickness on the individual and mass level, and overall society suffers widespread unhappiness and high levels of violence, depression, and mistrust across the social spectrum. The evidence he presents is incontrovertible: social and political equality are essential to improve life for everyone. Wilkinson argues that even small reductions in inequality can make an important difference—for, as this book explains, social relations are always built on material foundations.

Health Promotion

Global Principles and Practice
Author: Rachael Dixey
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 1845939727
Category: Medical
Page: 228
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Health promotion is a key mechanism in tackling the foremost health challenges faced by developing and developed nations. Covering key concepts, theory and practical aspects of health promotion, this textbook addresses the topic on a global scale. Suitable for students studying health promotion, public health nursing and related subjects, this book focuses on the key themes central to contemporary health promotion practice, such as social determinants, equality and equity, policy and health, working in partnerships, sustainability, evaluation and evidence-based practice. It outlines the critical application of health promotion to practice throughout the chapters, and summarizes the future directions of professional health promotion practice. Placing a strong emphasis on a global context, this book provides a practical guide to achieving worldwide health as well an accessible and engaging academic resource, also of interest to health practitioners and NGOs.

The Metaphorical Society

An Invitation to Social Theory
Author: Daniel Rigney
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 242
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This book introduces the novice reader to modern social theory through the creative exploration of eight major metaphors that have shaped Western understandings of human society. Rigney vividly yet concisely examines each major theoretical perspective in sociology, including functionalism, conflict theory, rational choice, and symbolic interactionism. He shows how each of these theories is rooted in a particular metaphorical tradition. Over decades and centuries, Rigney argues, social theorists have variously likened societies to organisms and living systems, to machines, battlefields, legal systems, marketplaces, games, theatrical productions, and discourses. Most interestingly, Rigney deftly shows how nearly all Western social theories fit with one or more of the metaphors. He emphasizes a humanistic understanding of society with an emphasis on the creative agency of social actors and communities. The book offers students a rich understanding of social theory, yet it is simultaneously concise and broad ranging, allowing instructors to further pursue detailed exploration of any perspectives they choose.

Global Inequality and Human Needs

Health and Illness in an Increasingly Unequal World
Author: Laurie Ann Wermuth
Publisher: Pearson College Division
ISBN: 9780205343966
Category: Medical
Page: 242
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"Using a critical theoretical perspective and research studies of health inequalities, the author explores the links between social variables like race, class, and gender, and the health of populations around the world."-back cover.

Our backyard

a quest for environmental justice
Author: Gerald Robert Visgilio,Diana M. Whitelaw
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 223
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A comprehensive overview of environmental justices issues with a discussion of the political sustainability of the environmental justice movement.

Toward a Healthy Society

The Morality and Politics of American Health Care Reform
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Medical
Page: 294
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The author reviews the recent history of social policy in terms of health care, analyzes the failure of the Clinton health plan, and "argues that without national health insurance, needless obstacles will stand in the way of a healthy society."--Jackedt.