Community Wise: The Development of an Anti-Oppression Model to Promote Individual and Community Health

Liliane Windsor, Rogério M. Pinto, Ellen Benoit, Lauren Jessell, Alexis Jemal

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Abstract

Communities with histories of oppression have shown great resilience, yet few health interventions focus on structural oppression as a contributor to health problems in these communities. This article describes the development and active ingredients of Community Wise, a unique behavioral health intervention designed to reduce substance use frequency, related health risk behaviors, and recidivism among individuals with a history of incarceration and substance abuse residing in distressed and predominantly African American communities. Community Wise, developed through the collaborative efforts of a board of service providers, researchers, consumers, and government officials, is a 12-week group intervention that aims to address behavioral health problems by raising critical consciousness in distressed communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-420
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014

Keywords

  • community
  • health risks
  • intervention
  • oppression
  • substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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