Principles for a Health Advocacy Group Introduction Until a decade ago, a Native community situated near a large river had engaged in traditional activities such as hunting and fishing. It was not realized that a large industry was using the river as a dumping ground for toxic waste. When large numbers of the community – primarily women and children - became violently ill, the two approaches decided on by biomedical experts were treatment of the symptoms and relocation of the victims. In reaction, a health advocacy group was formed which is currently defining its mission that is centered on health information to the public. The group already realizes the importance of partnering with individuals, families and the community but no one,...The end:
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