Enhancing Critical Reflection of Brazilian Community Health Agents’ Awareness of Social Determinants of Health

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Margareth S. Zanchetta, Bukola Kolawola-Salami, Annette Bailey, Sepali Guruge, Ann Ohama, Lise Renaud, JacquesRhéaume, Roger Côte, Michel Perreault, Zeilma da Cunha, Alia Maulgue, Jonathan Tel, Marlene M. Ávila, Rita N. S. O. Boery

October-December 2014: 1–14
DOI: 10.1177/2158244014556632
Published: 4 November 2014

Resumen/ Abstract:

This project aims to assess how Brazilian community health agents’ critical awareness of the social determinants of health was enhanced and led to a greater understanding of the major structural changes necessary to sustain health promotion initiatives. Educational workshops inspired by Paulo Freire’s ideas on critical pedagogy were delivered to 82 community health agents in three Brazilian cities. The workshops utilized evocative objects to link and develop participants’ conceptual and experiential knowledge. The participants exchanged connections and experiences and created hypothetical action plans to be implemented in collaboration with community members. The discussions were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and submitted to content analysis. The connections provoked by evocative objects were related to required assets for the development of a healthy community. As social advocates, they are already committed to a social movement for health equity to catalyze a more equitable distribution of social goods, promote social inclusion, and liberate communities.

Palabras clave/keywords: community health agents, social determinants of health, health promotion, professional training, critical reflection.

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