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Working as a community food worker: voices from the inside

Coufopoulos, A, Coffey, M and Dugdill, L 2010, 'Working as a community food worker: voices from the inside' , Perspectives in Public Health, 130 (4) , pp. 180-185.

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    Abstract

    Aims: Community food worker (CFW) is one of the new roles that were proposed in the 2004 White Paper Choosing Health: Making Healthier Choices Easier. CFWs are recruited from local communities and generally operate in areas characterized by extreme social deprivation. The aim of this paper is to illuminate the experience of being a CFW in the context of working in a relatively new non-professional role. Methods: As part of an ongoing evaluation of a CFW scheme in the north west of England, a qualitative interview and two focus groups were conducted with CFWs. Thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. Results: Emergent issues faced by these new practitioners include: the nature of their role; quantifying success; working with other health professionals; skills and knowledge; and strategies used to work with communities. Conclusion: This study has highlighted some pertinent and previously unreported issues related to the experience of being a CFW, raising questions about their assimilation into the public health workforce and their use in delivering effective public health interventions without further integration.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: Perspectives in Public Health
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1757-9139
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2011 15:29
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:50
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/14821

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