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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social movements and public health advocacy in action: the UK people’s health movement
Author(s): Kapilashrami, Anuj
Smith, Katherine
Fustukian, Suzanne
Eltanani, Mor Kandlik
Laughlin, Sue
Robertson, Tony
Muir, Janet
Gallova, Eva
Scandrett, Eurig
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Keywords: advocacy
people's health movement
public health research and practice
social movements
Issue Date: Sep-2016
Date Deposited: 10-Mar-2016
Citation: Kapilashrami A, Smith K, Fustukian S, Eltanani MK, Laughlin S, Robertson T, Muir J, Gallova E & Scandrett E (2016) Social movements and public health advocacy in action: the UK people’s health movement. Journal of Public Health, 38 (3), pp. 413-416.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv085
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