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6 Reflections on the Day
Pages 79-84

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From page 79...
... Dillaha agreed with Daus on the importance of linking good community health literacy interventions with love and respect for the community, and to do so with humility. She also noted the need for public health organizations at all levels to fund people who can spend their time developing and sustaining trusted relationships.
From page 80...
... She was concerned, however, that nobody was talking about community-based health education, a field for which there is a rigorous, evidence-based foundation developed from the 1950s through the 1980s. She noted that many of the challenges mentioned throughout the day have counterparts in fields such as anthropology and sociology, which documented the activities and engagements of communities in the civil rights movement, the HIV/AIDS epidemic response, and the women's health movement.
From page 81...
... As a final thought, she said that the important words she heard throughout the day included humility, flexibility, and love. Rush said that one of the messages he heard was about the importance of collaborative thinking involving those who are developing health literacy interventions and those who live in the community, with the community teaching the developers about its culture, its needs, its issues, and its concerns.
From page 82...
... He reminded them not to pat themselves on the back for their community work until the community thanks them, because going into any community and thinking that one knows better is a fast way to fail and lose trust. Rosen also said that rigor in the field is "unbelievably crucial." The health literacy field should look at work from behavioral economics and implementation science to learn about ways of getting communities to adopt effective interventions.
From page 83...
... Rosof, offering the final comment on the day, mentioned listening, observing, valuing, and encouraging as important messages, as well as the fact that building sustainably healthy communities and community relationships requires time, respect, love, and flexibility as core competencies. He then adjourned the workshop.

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