Advancing the science of community-level interventions

Edison J. Trickett, Sarah Beehler, Charles Deutsch, Lawrence W. Green, Penelope Hawe, Kenneth McLeroy, Robin Lin Miller, Bruce D. Rapkin, Jean J. Schensul, Amy J. Schulz, Joseph E. Trimble

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Abstract

Community interventions are complex social processes that need to move beyond single interventions and outcomes at individual levels of short-term change. A scientific paradigm is emerging that supports collaborative, multilevel, culturally situated community interventions aimed at creating sustainable community-level impact. This paradigm is rooted in a deep history of ecological and collaborative thinking across public health, psychology, anthropology, and other fields of social science. The new paradigm makes a number of primary assertions that affect conceptualization of health issues, intervention design, and intervention evaluation. To elaborate the paradigm and advance the science of community intervention, we offer suggestions for promoting a scientific agenda, developing collaborations among professionals and communities, and examining the culture of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1410-1419
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume101
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Trickett, E. J., Beehler, S., Deutsch, C., Green, L. W., Hawe, P., McLeroy, K., Lin Miller, R., Rapkin, B. D., Schensul, J. J., Schulz, A. J., & Trimble, J. E. (2011). Advancing the science of community-level interventions. American journal of public health, 101(8), 1410-1419. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2010.300113