Portal: Exploring community health
Community health and the Health For All movement in India is a vast and diverse field with a number of interesting personalities, projects, ideas and concepts. The Exploring Community Health portal is an attempt to create a a directory of sources of information, contacts and ideas for students and others new to and curious about the field of community health and the Health For All movement in India.
The first section, Getting Informed, deals mainly with suggestions on how one can get better informed about community health and the Health For All movement in general and the specific issues involved. The second section, Take Action, deals with suggestions on how one can get actively involved with the movement based on what one has seen and understood.
Meet people involved with the movement
Most people involved in community health in India are extremely approachable and are quite willing to take time to speak to students and other newcomers about the work they do and the issues they are involved in.
Visit Portal: People within the community health movement for a comprehensive list of contacts.
A good place to start reading about community health is this website. Visit the Glossary section for a quick review of some of the common terms you will encounter. Read about the history of community health and public health in India, find out about global health, the People's Health Network network, community health articles related to your state and more.
There is a large collection of published and gray literature on community health in India. Visit Portal: Reading about community health for a review of some of the most relevant publications.
Watch movies and documentaries
There is a large collection of short films, documentaries and commercial movies that explore health related themes in India. Visit Portal: Films on health to find out more.
Community health and Health For All related events are a good way to network and find out about new projects and ideas. Find out about upcoming events on the Current events page or by subscribing to mailing lists.
Join mailing lists and discussion groups
Mailing lists and discussion groups are a good way to keep up to date with new developments and upcoming events. Some of the important groups on community health and Health For All in India are:
- pha-ncc discussion group
- PHM-Exchange mailing list
- mfriendcircle discussion group
- diseasesurveillance discussion group
- NetRUM discussion group
Visit community based projects
A number of community based projects all over India actively encourage visitors to come and experience grassroots level community health work. Visit Portal: Community based organisations for a list of projects in India.
Enroll for workshops and short study courses
- International People's Health University short courses
- Community Health Learning Programme by Community Health Cell, Bangalore.
Get a degree
There are a number of options for post graduate study in community health related field in India and abroad. Visit Portal: Postgraduate education in community health to find out more.
It only takes a minute
Sign a petition, send a fax and do more at Portal: Direct Action