Health as leverage for inclusion, capacity, wellbeing and development in the local community

  • Pernille Tanggaard Andersen
  • Anette Aagaard Thuesen
Keywords: Rural communities and health, village plans, community development, participation, empowerment and governance.

Abstract

This article examines how local place-based communities create a foundationfor community participation, through which health and well-being becomecentral features. It is based on analysis of interviews with citizens, publicadministrators and politicians in three locations. Discussions in this articledeal with different forms of understanding participation and perspectiveson governance. The analysis also illustrates the different positions of thesecommunities, the role of empowerment, citizenship and health that influenceparticipation, health practice in everyday life, and community building inthree rural Danish villages. There are few studies that analyze the extent towhich community participation can influence the design of health and welfareservices. This is the case when the initiative starts either from the localcommunity or from general authorities. The article provides new insights onthe local community as an arena for capacity, health, well-being and inclusion.

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Published
2020-05-28