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Social movements and public health advocacy in action: the UK people's health movement

17 Oct 2016


Abstract

There are growing calls within public health for researchers and practitioners
working to improve and protect the public's health to become more involved in
politics and advocacy. Such a move takes practitioners and researchers beyond
the traditional, evidence-based public health paradigm, raising potential
dilemmas and risks for those who undertake such work. Drawing on the example of
the People's Health Movement, this short paper argues that advocacy and social
movements are an essential component of public health's efforts to achieve great
health equity. It outlines how the Scottish branch of the People's Health
Movement sought to overcome potential tensions between public health evidence
and advocacy by developing a regional manifesto for health via transparent and
democratic processes which combine empirical and experiential evidence. We
suggest that this is an illustrative example of how potential tensions between
public health research and advocacy can be overcome, through bottom–up movements
of solidarity and action.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Journal of Public Health