J Agric Med Community Health.  2014 Dec;39(4):209-221. 10.5393/JAMCH.2014.39.4.209.

The Effects of Health Promotion Initiatives with Community Participation and Parterships: The Case of Sabong-Myeon in Jinju City

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  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine and Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Korea. jjbkkr@yahoo.co.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The objective of this study was to identify the effects of area-based health promotion initiatives with community participation and partnerships conducted in Sabong-Myeon, Jinju City for three years.
METHODS
We used data from the '2008 Sabong-Myeon Health Survey' and the '2011 Health Plus Happiness Plus Community Health Survey'. The study comprised 520 systematically sampled individuals, composed of 300 adults in 2008 and 200 adults in 2011. We compared some health behavior and mental health indicators as well as social capital levels between these two surveys.
RESULTS
The prevalences of smoking and walking exercise in 2011 were significantly higher than those in 2008. The prevalences of high risk alcohol consumption in men, stress perception, depressive symptoms experience, and suicide ideation were significantly lower than those in 2008. The proportion of people having a high level of social capital in 2011 was significantly higher than that in 2008, regardless of sex or marital status. However, the difference in the proportion was not statistically significant among people with a high educational background.
CONCLUSIONS
This study suggested that the 3 years' implementation of area-based health promotion initiatives conducted in Sabong-Myeon might help to improve the mental health and social capital level of this community. The long-term health effects of area-based health promotion initiatives with community participation and partnerships need to be studied further, and lessons from these initiatives can be obtained by adapting proper evaluation methods.

Keyword

Area-based initiatives; Participation; Partnership; Social capital

MeSH Terms

Adult
Alcohol Drinking
Consumer Participation*
Depression
Gyeongsangnam-do
Happiness
Health Behavior
Health Promotion*
Humans
Male
Marital Status
Mental Health
Prevalence
Smoke
Smoking
Suicide
Walking
Smoke
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