Popular Education

La Palabra es Salud (The Word Is Health) http://mmr.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/11/11/1558689813510785

Combining Mixed Methods and CBPR to Understand the Comparative Effectiveness of Popular and Conventional Education

Noelle Wiggins1
Adele Hughes2
Adriana Rodriguez3
Catherine Potter4
Teresa Rios-Campos1

1Multnomah County Health Department, Portland, OR, USA
2Providence Health and Services, Portland, OR, USA
3Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Beaverton, OR, USA
4Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR, USA

Noelle Wiggins, Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department, 10317 E Burnside St., Portland, OR 97216, USA. Email: noelle.wiggins@multco.us

Increasing recognition of the role of social conditions in health has led to calls for methods that can be used to change social conditions. Popular education has demonstrated great promise as a methodology that can be used to address the underlying social and structural determinants of health. To date, most studies of popular education have used qualitative methods and case study designs, making them less compelling for decision makers. La Palabra es Salud (The Word Is Health) compared the relative effectiveness of popular and conventional education using a participatory, quasi-experimental, mixed methods design. Use of this model can enhance our understanding of popular education and raise its profile among researchers and practitioners in multiple disciplines, thus potentially extending its benefits.

Noelle Wiggins, EdD, MSPH
Director, Community Capacitation Center
Multnomah County Health Department
10317 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97216
503-988-6250, x26646
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