Title: People-Centred Public Health
Authors: Jane South, Judy White and Mark Gamsu
Publisher: The Policy Press
Reviewer: Hannah Marriage, student health visitor, Leicestershire Partnership Trust
What was it like?
The book was interesting to read, exploring ways in which community practitioners can engage more with their community over public health topics. They included ideas of peer support groups, how these can be set up and run, as well as discussing the benefits of peer support workers.
The book included numerous case studies which provoke thinking, and discussion to help deliver effective public health initiatives in the community
What were the highlights?
I felt the case studies helped bring this book to life, and allowed me to consider my own practice as well as the practice I have seen in others. I was able to reflect on these case studies to inform my future practice.
Strengths and Weaknesses?
The book reads well, building knowledge as you progress through the chapters. Therefore, the book has to be read as a whole rather than individual chapters. Though the chapters could be read individually, they would not make as much sense as if they were read within the context of the book.
Who should read it?
Anyone who works in the community, especially around public health and wishes to develop their knowledge on how best in influence future practice and projects. This would be suitable for both big and small projects, so therefore suitable for practitioners and managers.