‘Improving Health through Reducing Stress’: Parents′ Priorities in the Participatory Development of a Multilevel Family Health Programme in a Low-Income Neighbourhood in the Netherlands

Gerda Wink*, Gerdine Fransen, Merel Huisman, Sandra Boersma, Lieke Van Disseldorp, Koos Van Der Velden, Annemarie Wagemakers, Maria Van Den Muijsenbergh

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Abstract

In order to reduce health inequities, a socio-ecological approach and community engagement are needed to develop sustained interventions with a positive effect on the health of disadvantaged groups. This qualitative study was part of the development phase of a community health promotion programme. The study aimed to provide insight into the perceptions of parents in a disadvantaged neighbourhood about health, and their priorities for the community health programme. It also described the process of integrating these perceptions in the development of a multilevel plan for this programme. Participatory methods were applied to enable the engagement of all groups involved. Ten parents from a low-income neighbourhood in the Netherlands participated in five panel sessions. Parents’ priorities for improving family health were reducing chronic stress and not so much healthy eating and physical activity. They prioritised solutions to reduce their financial stress, to provide a safe place for their children to meet and play and to establish good quality communication with authorities. The programme development process resulted in objectives in which both parents and professionals were willing to invest, such as a safe playground for children. This study shows that target population engagement in health programme development is possible and valuable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8145
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2021

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