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‘Improving Health through Reducing Stress’: Parents’ Priorities in the Participatory Development of a Multilevel Family Health Programme in a Low-Income Neighbourhood in The Netherlands

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Department of Primary and Community Care, Radboud University Medical Centre, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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AMPHI Academic Collaborative Centre, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Wink Works for Health–Research, Projects & Training, 6708 TR Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Health & Society Group, Wageningen University & Research, 6700 EW Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Pharos, The Dutch Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities, 3507 LH Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 8145; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158145
Received: 14 June 2021 / Revised: 16 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 31 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Community Participation in Health Promotion: Challenges and Successes)
In order to reduce health inequities, a socio-ecological approach and community engagement are needed to develop sustained interventions with a positive effect on the health of disadvantaged groups. This qualitative study was part of the development phase of a community health promotion programme. The study aimed to provide insight into the perceptions of parents in a disadvantaged neighbourhood about health, and their priorities for the community health programme. It also described the process of integrating these perceptions in the development of a multilevel plan for this programme. Participatory methods were applied to enable the engagement of all groups involved. Ten parents from a low-income neighbourhood in the Netherlands participated in five panel sessions. Parents’ priorities for improving family health were reducing chronic stress and not so much healthy eating and physical activity. They prioritised solutions to reduce their financial stress, to provide a safe place for their children to meet and play and to establish good quality communication with authorities. The programme development process resulted in objectives in which both parents and professionals were willing to invest, such as a safe playground for children. This study shows that target population engagement in health programme development is possible and valuable. View Full-Text
Keywords: health inequities; low-income neighbourhood; perceptions of health; family health; community engagement; multilevel intervention; programme development; participatory action research; intervention logic; health promotion health inequities; low-income neighbourhood; perceptions of health; family health; community engagement; multilevel intervention; programme development; participatory action research; intervention logic; health promotion
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Wink, G.; Fransen, G.; Huisman, M.; Boersma, S.; van Disseldorp, L.; van der Velden, K.; Wagemakers, A.; van den Muijsenbergh, M. ‘Improving Health through Reducing Stress’: Parents’ Priorities in the Participatory Development of a Multilevel Family Health Programme in a Low-Income Neighbourhood in The Netherlands. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8145. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158145

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Wink G, Fransen G, Huisman M, Boersma S, van Disseldorp L, van der Velden K, Wagemakers A, van den Muijsenbergh M. ‘Improving Health through Reducing Stress’: Parents’ Priorities in the Participatory Development of a Multilevel Family Health Programme in a Low-Income Neighbourhood in The Netherlands. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):8145. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158145

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Wink, Gerda, Gerdine Fransen, Merel Huisman, Sandra Boersma, Lieke van Disseldorp, Koos van der Velden, Annemarie Wagemakers, and Maria van den Muijsenbergh. 2021. "‘Improving Health through Reducing Stress’: Parents’ Priorities in the Participatory Development of a Multilevel Family Health Programme in a Low-Income Neighbourhood in The Netherlands" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 8145. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18158145

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