CEHE Knowledge Leader André-Anne Parent has recently published an article in the journal Community Psychology in Global Perspective, stemming from her PhD research at Université Laval. The article “Considering culture and context when supporting the development of communities” reviews the ethnographic case study conducted by Parent et al. which examined how the “Support for the development of communities” strategy was brought to life in an inner-city neighbourhood of Quebec City.
Adopted by public health authorities in 2003, this innovative strategy was inspired by the Healthy Cities movement and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. One of its five key principles is the reduction of poverty and inequities. Parent spent 32 months doing participant observation with members of the initiative, participating in steering group meetings, attending activities, and conducting interviews with citizens, key actors, community workers, and the community organizer. The authors found that the initiative provided a space for the interviewees and other actors to work together, reducing isolation and creating opportunities for networking and information sharing. However, they highlighted that contextual factors – social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, historical – need to be more carefully considered when implementing this kind of initiative, if it is to be most effective at reducing health inequities.
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Parent, A-A., Simard, P., Roy, M., & O’Neill, M. (2015). Considering culture and context when supporting the development of communities. Community Psychology in Global Perspective, 1 (1), 50-63.