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Defining Health Activism

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC1105
Professor
Kristen Tole
Semester
Winter

Description
03/13/2013 Defining health activism: Actions related to patient activism, health care reform, disease prevention, illness advocacy, physical  disability, environmental justice, public safety, health disparities amongst patient groups and characteristics  Why is this relatively new? Shift from acute illnesses to chronic illnesses, a lot more open to it Factors: geological area, education, occupation (hazardous: resources extraction) Challenge existing power relationships (doctor talks for majority of time, etc.) Social norms Embedded practices (first thing you do when you’re sick: call mom, go to doctor, get medication) – why do  we do these things Policies – change them around what it means to be healthy Dominance of social and professional groups Health advocacy: Focus on education – working within existing biomedical m
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