The 2004 public health white paper (DoH 2004)sought to enable individuals to make healthier choices, with a particular focus on those living in disadvantaged communities. It builds on the vision of a ‘fully engaged scenario’, in which people take control of their own health and the wider determinants of ill health are addressed. (Wanless 2004) This presentation reports on a project in which academics, regeneration professionals and local residents were brought together to share their professional and lay experiences of health and wellbeing within an area of regeneration. 11 community members acted as peer researchers throughout the process. Their role was to gather ‘stories’ about people’s experiences, using visual recording methods. Interviews were also carried out with key stakeholders (n=13) working or providing services in the area. Regeneration professionals and peer researchers were then brought together in a workshop aimed at sharing perspectives and identifying potential solutions to known problems. The participatory action research methodology proved a valued alternative approach to research health and well being locally. Particular challenges were highlighted, such as the fact that relationship building between academics and local residents proved resource-intensive, requiring trust and a sense of reciprocity to be developed. Nevertheless, residents have benefited from raised awareness about health and well-being in relation to regeneration and physical transformation. Regeneration professionals have benefited from gaining a broader understanding of the role of the community place and the environment as important indicators in the ways that local residents construct their health and well-being. Perhaps central to future regeneration practice, regeneration stakeholders also appreciated the benefits of active resident engagement in the research and extrapolated this to potential insights such engagement might bring to future regeneration practice. These messages are of particular relevance to public health and community practitioners in their partnership building endeavours.
|Publication status||Published - May 2010|
|Event||RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference 2010 - The Sage, Gateshead, UK|
Duration: 11 May 2010 → …
|Conference||RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference 2010|
|Period||11/05/10 → …|