Health Work With the Poor

Health Work With the Poor

A Practical Guide

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Rutgers University Press
Christie W. Kiefer vividly brings home the meaning of poverty in people's lives as he examines both their access to-and their lack of- health care. Health Work with the Poor offers both health workers and activists a wealth of practical information on advocacy for the poor. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter and appendices on Internet resources for the study of poverty and on a proposed government program instruct teachers how to foster social awareness among their students. This book is both a valuable resource for courses on poverty and health and an indispensable manual for anyone who works with the poor.

Christie Kiefer vividly brings home the meaning of poverty in peoples’ lives as he examines both their access to—and their lack of—health care.

Aimed at both students and professionals in the field, this book argues that individuals serving the poor have the means and obligation to address the root causes of ill health of the poor, not just the symptoms. These causes, Kiefer argues, are overwhelmingly social and political. In a ringing indictment of the factors that perpetuate poverty, he declares that the work of healing at its best must include advocacy.

Health Work with the Poor offers to both health workers and activists a wealth of practical information. Kiefer’s trenchant analysis of the factors that help cause and perpetuate poverty offers students the needed intellectual framework not only to accomplish short-term change but also to strive toward long-term social advocacy. Each chapter ends with a set of discussion questions—a real boon for instructors. Appendices on Internet resources for the study of poverty and on a proposed program detailing how to teach health workers in a way that promotes social awareness make this book a valuable resource for courses on poverty and health. It will also be an indispensable manual for all those who work with the poor.


Christie Kiefer vividly brings home the meaning of poverty in peoples’ lives as he examines both their access to—and their lack of—health care.

            Aimed at both students and professionals in the field, this book argues that individuals serving the poor have the means and obligation to address the root causes of ill health of the poor, not just the symptoms. These causes, Kiefer argues, are overwhelmingly social and political. In a ringing indictment of the factors that perpetuate poverty, he declares that the work of healing at its best must include advocacy.

            Health Work with the Poor offers to both health workers and activists a wealth of practical information. Kiefer’s trenchant analysis of the factors that help cause and perpetuate poverty offers students the needed intellectual framework not only to accomplish short-term change but also to strive toward long-term social advocacy. Each chapter ends with a set of discussion questions—a real boon for instructors. Appendices on Internet resources for the study of poverty and on a proposed program detailing how to teach health workers in a way that promotes social awareness make this book a valuable resource for courses on poverty and health. It will also be an indispensable manual for all those who work with the poor.



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Kiefer (anthropology, U. of California, San Francisco) considers the meaning of poverty in people's lives and examines their access to, or lack of, health care. Aimed at students and professionals in the field, the book argues that individuals serving the poor have the opportunity and the obligation to address the root causes of ill health. The book addresses the relationship between the health worker and the low-income client, analyzes the causes of poverty in America, and examines the uses of community organizing for alleviating social problems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2000
ISBN: 9780585276267
0585276269
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 239 pages)

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