The introduction of innovative social paradigms that stress community-participation, community-focused empowerment, assets, social and economic justice themes, and in the case of youth, civic participation, represents one of the outcomes of this questioning and bodes well for current and future generations. The subject of how best to address the current and future health needs of this country's urban marginalized comunities is one that has also received considerable attention in academic, policy, and practice arenas in the past decade. A variety of models have been put forth to achieve the goal of health in these communities. One of the most promising recommendations has been the use of health promotion as a vehicle for reaching and empowering communities of color in both rural and urban America. The youth-led environmental justice movement, as it will be addressed in various sections of this book, is one of the latest and most promising approaches towards health promotion that is grass-roots and community participatory based. Youth-led health promotion represents an emerging field with tremendous implications for addressing the health needs of marginalized urban youth of color in the United States.
Melvin Delgado is professor of social work and chair of macro-practice at Boston University of Social Work. Huiquan Zhou is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.
Part 1 List of Figures Part 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Preface Part 4 Contextual Setting Chapter 5 Overview Chapter 6 Health Promotion Field Chapter 7 Demographic Profile of Youth and Trends Chapter 8 Health Care Needs in Urban Communities: A Special Focus on Youth of Color Part 9 Youth-Led Health Promotion Chapter 10 Conceptual Foundation for Youth-Led Health Promotion Chapter 11 Social and Economic Justice Foundation Chapter 12 Principles of Youth-Led Health Promotion Chapter 13 Youth-Led Health Promotion Framework and Strategy Chapter 14 Research and Evaluation of Youth-Led Health Promotion Part 15 Reflections from the Field Chapter 16 Case Illustration Chapter 17 Recommendations for Practice and Research Part 18 Bibliography Part 19 Additional Reading Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Authors