health activism

health activism

A stance of political advocacy and active involvement by patients and their supporters in healthcare organisations and financing agencies in furthering research and broadening funding for a particular medical condition.

Examples
AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, breast cancer, lung cancer.
 
Pros
Health activism may result in increased research funding for the condition of interest.
 
Cons
Health activism may alienate healthcare allies (i.e., physicians, health policy makers, scientists) by advocating for unproven and cost-prohibitive therapies at the price of reduced funding for more effective programmes or basic research.
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And as a medical sociologist, I have worked in tandem with the Network on women's health activism, lobbying the Food and Drug Administration to block the rush for the next female Viagra.
The Victory Community Health Centre in Nelson features in the text as a case study of community health activism.
1) A review of health activism in Tamil Nadu from the 1980s onwards demonstrates how activism that explicitly made the connection between the health of the individual body and mobilising for a more just social order has had the greatest continuity and reach.
To see and experience his work is to understand the ongoing need for mental health activism and education, particularly in the most remote of nations.
Health activism is a growing area of interest for many who work to improve health, nationally and internationally, because it offers a more direct approach to achieving lasting social and political change.
In this book, health activism is seen as a legitimate approach to the way health programs are delivered.
Health activism in Cape Town: A case sudy of the Health Workers Society.
While perhaps raising money for breast cancer research and educating women about the risk of breast cancer--claims that need to be examined themselves--the "Stiletto Stampede" and pink Kitchen Aid mixers do so at a cost: in such campaigns, participation in women's health activism is paradoxically positioned alongside the symbols of unattainable beauty and the burden of domestic duties that have all too often held women back, both personally and politically.
Health Activism History Collection at the University of Pennsylvania Rare Book and Manuscript Library and honorary chair of the Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health Board of Trustees.
Smith, Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Black Women's Health Activism in America, 1890-1950 (Philadelphia, 1995).
This health activism built up a discourse informed by the intellectual and internationalist traditions of the United Nations and WHO [World Health Organization], traditions that provided some of the groundwork for the distinctiveness and maintenance of Indigenous cultural forms.
The tremendous volume of path-breaking research and public health activism belies the notion that German science suffered significantly after Jewish and socialist scientists left the country.
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