In this Assignment, you will explore the connection between helping groups and communities to
gain empowerment through capacity building and community action. As a current or future public
health practitioner, you will continually be called upon to identify the common needs and shared
concerns of a community in the management of health programs.
Over the next two Modules you will complete a multi-part assignment.
To prepare for this assignment:
? Analyse the different levels of community-based interaction in health programs; use
Laverack’s (2007, Chapter 2) ladder to help with your thinking on this complex subject.
? Analyse the different theories and models of health promotion practice.
? Critique the link between capacity building and empowerment.
Write a 2,000-word paper that uses your professional judgement and the evidence provided in the
Learning Resources in Modules 1 and 2 to address the following:
Part 1: Identify a preventable health concern in which you are interested, such as dengue fever or
type 2 diabetes. Using Laverack’s ladder of community-based interaction as a guide, describe three
key strategies that you might use to engage with a community to implement a program to address
this health concern (Module 1).