Tackling health inequalities through asset-based approaches, co-production and empowerment: ticking consultation boxes or meaningful engagement with diverse, disadvantaged communities?

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Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 24(2), 2016, pp.127-141.
Policy Press

'Empowerment' and 'engagement' are regulatory responses to tackling health inequalities. This paper explores how communities and practitioners are engaging with co-produced, person-centred, asset-based approaches in real-life settings through 35 semi-structured interviews alongside a six-month ethnography in an ethnically diverse, disadvantaged Scottish neighbourhood. Iterative analysis identified emergent themes. Deductive, theoretical analysis followed using the CHOICE (capacity building, human rights, organisational sustainability, institutional accountability, contribution, enabling environment) framework linking community empowerment and health equity. Asset-based methodological and evaluative issues; views on individual choice versus structural drivers of inequalities; and asset-based approaches through the lens of human rights and social justice are discussed. (Publisher abstract)

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asset based approach, health inequalities, empowerment, co-production, black and minority ethnic people, strengths-based approach, community development, capacity building;
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