Chapter 30: Honoring the Differences: Using Community Readiness to Create Culturally Valid Community Interventions
PAMELA JUMPER-THURMAN & RUTH W. EDWARDS & BARBARA A. PLESTED & EUGENE OETTING
Honoring the differences: Using community readiness to create culturally valid community interventions More and more frequently, we hear that it takes a village to raise a child. Although that may be true, the village must be ready to assume that responsibility or it will not happen. Mobilizing and thereby changing a community system requires vision, voices, and commitment. Addressing any community social problem is a multifaceted task with many potential pitfalls. Changing national policy rarely has immediate local effects and may never have public support. Locally initiated efforts are not always successful either. They may also lack community investment. There are many good programs that have met with failure for any number of reasons. Often, in these days of competitive time-limited grant funding, there is no sustainability of a program when funding sources end. Programs generally have a beginning and an end. With vision, however, prevention efforts can be far-reaching ...