Response to Chapter 10 of “Community Organizing and Building for Health and Welfare”

Response to Chapter 10 of “Community Organizing and Building for Health and Welfare”

The 10th chapter of the third edition of “Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare” by Meredith Minkler has provided a newly devised approach to community building and organization. Chapter 10 observes that cooperation and collaboration with the members of the community on assessment of health in the community is a factor that has contributed positively to the community health projects. The assessment and issue selection by the use of channels such as the social media, as well as the incorporation of media advocacy, has also enhanced the effectiveness of delivering community health.

            The chapter presents strong emphasis on the significance of cultural bearing and humility in the delivery of community health. In this case, the chapter talks of the appreciation of the cultures and values of the community in regards to their expectations on the issues of health. It offers a range of case studies in areas such as health care reforms, childhood mortality, obesity, and immigrant worker rights. The tool kits in the appendices gives the guidelines for assessment of organization effectiveness and on the exercises done for training tools, such as the strategy bingo.

            From a personal viewpoint, the chapter offers complete visions and plans in various fields discussed, such as public health, community psychology, urban planning, and social work (Minkler, 2012, p. 16). It shows the ways in which community building can help us address most of obstinate health issues and social problems. Minkler also highlighted the steps and procedures that practitioners and professionals can use so as to make a positive impact on the community. It is a must-read chapter for any person and health educators aiming to bring a change to the community.


Minkler, M. (2012). Community organizing and community building for health and welfare.           New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press.