Moon, G. and Powell, M.
Health Action Zones: the ‘third way’ of a new area-based policy?
Health and Social Care in the Community, 9, (1), .
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Health Actions Zones (HAZs) have been identified as initiatives reflecting
the Ôthird wayÕ policies espoused by the UK New Labour Government. Like
other area-based or zone initiatives, HAZ programmes are designed to
tackle inequalities and exclusion in some of the most deprived areas of the
UK. This is to be achieved through partnerships between the public, private
and voluntary sectors, and most significantly, communities themselves.
Health Action Zones embrace communities and attempt to foster
involvement in health improvement, often using established community
development models. The present paper uses the findings of an ongoing
process study into the development of one zone in the north-east of England
to consider community involvement in practice. The benefits and challenges
of involving communities in the HAZ process are presented, and the
relevance of this for future programmes and policy are discussed.
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