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I agree wholeheartedly with the suggestion that hospital community assessments should be done in collaboration with local agencies and community members. I would also argue that a community-based participatory approach should be required by hospitals in order to accurately identify community problems as well as assets/strengths; these may or may not be related to health care, as pointed out. (See 2008 book edited by Meredith Minkler & Nina Wallerstein: Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: From Process to Outcomes). In one of the chapters of this book, Meredith Minkler & Trevor Hancock state that “We get the kinds of answers we are comfortable dealing with because we ask the kinds of questions that will give us those answers” (p.154). It can be scary—but also potentially liberating—for researchers, health care providers, and hospital administrators to think about the kinds of answers we might get if we truly allow communities to shape and determine what “community benefit” might mean for their lives, their neighborhoods, their families, their schools, their places of work. We know that these are the things that matter for maintaining health, managing chronic disease, fostering aspirations, and enriching quality of life.
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Jul 16, 2010