Leadership in a public housing community

J Health Commun. Mar-Apr 2004;9(2):119-26. doi: 10.1080/10810730490425286.


Community Health Advocate (CHA) programs train community members to assist and advocate for other members of the community regarding health and other community issues. These programs have been successful in improving the health and quality of life of communities. We developed a CHA program in a single public housing development. This program faced unique challenges since the advocates both worked and lived in the same setting. However, confronting and resolving these issues ultimately enhanced the quality of the program.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning / methods*
  • Community Health Workers / education*
  • Community Participation
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Consumer Advocacy*
  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Leadership*
  • Program Development
  • Public Housing / standards*
  • Quality of Life
  • Universities
  • Wisconsin