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Public Health Rep. 2000 Mar-Jun; 115(2-3): 205–211.
PMCID: PMC1308712

Assets-oriented community assessment.

Abstract

Determining how to promote community health requires that community health workers first assess where the community stands. The authors maintain that Healthy Communities initiatives are better served by assets-oriented assessment methods than by standard "problem-focused" or "needs-based" approaches. An assets orientation allows community members to identify, support, and mobilize existing community resources to create a shared vision of change, and encourages greater creativity when community members do address problems and obstacles.

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