The new public health: Force for change or reaction?

Frances Baum

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    The new public health advocates a number of strategies to bring about structural change to improve health. Its rhetoric calls on professionals and bureaucrats to change their style of working. The assumption underlining the philosophy is that change can be achieved through consensus. This paper questions this assumption by reviewing contemporary and historic trends in the practice of health professionals and bureaucrats. It concludes that new public health practitioners need to be more reflective in their approach to change and that the process is likely to include conflict if it is to avoid cooption by existing power bases.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-150
    Number of pages6
    JournalHealth Promotion International
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990


    • Community development
    • Health promotion
    • New public health


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