Health for All: The Reverence for Life Movement, a Community-Based Primary Health Care Movement in Kumamoto, Japan

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/243404
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Health for All: The Reverence for Life Movement, a Community-Based Primary Health Care Movement in Kumamoto, Japan
Author(s):
Katsumata, Asako T.; Lizer, Shannon, K.; McCreary, Linda; Miller, Arlene Michaels; Kim, Mi Ja; Glass, Laurie, K.
Author Details:
Katsumata, Asako T., PhD, ME, BA, RN, asakokatsumata@sacn.edu; Lizer, Shannon, K., PhD, FNP-BC; McCreary, Linda, PhD, RN; Miller, Arlene, RN, PhD, FAAN; Kim, Mi Ja , PhD, RN, FAAN; Glass, Laurie, K. , PhD, RN, FAAN;
Abstract:
Purpose: This historical case study provides rich descriptions of the Reverence for Life Movement (RLM) - a community-based comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) movement in Kumamoto, Japan, which originated in 1962.  Since the World Health Organization presented Primary Health Care in 1978, various programs were implemented throughout the world; however, community participation and inter-sectoral engagement became the weakest strands in the development of sustainable PHC. Current movement of revitalization of PHC makes it relevant to document, describe and analyze RLM, which has successfully addressed every key element of PHC.

Methods: Synthesis of historical documents and oral histories collected from the individuals who had participated in the movement.

Results: The RLM was a social movement aimed to improve health of citizens and create a new healthcare system to improve healthcare provision in Kumamoto, Japan. A notable outcome of the RLM was empowerment of public health nursing. It contributed in establishment of the Kumamoto School of Public Health Nursing in 1974. Between 1975 and 1995, the number of public health nurses in Kumamoto doubled from 258 to 521. The RML created a theoretical framework for health which encompassed healthcare, food and agriculture. With strong leadership, and diverse community engagement, RLM expanded its activities beyond the traditional healthcare framework, which later contributed in development of a comprehensive PHC movement with strong inter-sectoriality. The exercise of political empowerment revealed unanticipated skills, which in turn served the goals of the movement. Both social and individual accomplishments helped the movement both sustain itself and evolve.

Conclusion: The RLM has become a leading example of a sustainable social movement that not only empowered public health nursing, but also facilitated the health of citizens and the communities. It strengthened the infrastructure of healthcare and impacted national level policy development.

Keywords:
Primary Health Care; Community Health; Historical Study
Repository Posting Date:
12-Sep-2012
Date of Publication:
12-Sep-2012
Conference Date:
2012
Conference Name:
23rd International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Brisbane, Australia

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth for All: The Reverence for Life Movement, a Community-Based Primary Health Care Movement in Kumamoto, Japanen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKatsumata, Asako T.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorLizer, Shannon, K.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcCreary, Lindaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Arlene Michaelsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKim, Mi Jaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGlass, Laurie, K.en_GB
dc.author.detailsKatsumata, Asako T., PhD, ME, BA, RN, asakokatsumata@sacn.edu; Lizer, Shannon, K., PhD, FNP-BC; McCreary, Linda, PhD, RN; Miller, Arlene, RN, PhD, FAAN; Kim, Mi Ja , PhD, RN, FAAN; Glass, Laurie, K. , PhD, RN, FAAN;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/243404-
dc.description.abstract<b>Purpose: </b>This historical case study provides rich descriptions of the Reverence for Life Movement (RLM) <i>- </i>a community-based comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) movement in Kumamoto, Japan, which originated in 1962.  Since the World Health Organization presented Primary Health Care in 1978, various programs were implemented throughout the world; however, community participation and inter-sectoral engagement became the weakest strands in the development of sustainable PHC. Current movement of revitalization of PHC makes it relevant to document, describe and analyze RLM, which has successfully addressed every key element of PHC. <p><b>Methods: </b>Synthesis of historical documents and oral histories collected from the individuals who had participated in the movement. <p><b>Results: </b>The RLM was a social movement aimed to improve health of citizens and create a new healthcare system to improve healthcare provision in Kumamoto, Japan. A notable outcome of the RLM was empowerment of public health nursing. It contributed in establishment of the Kumamoto School of Public Health Nursing in 1974. Between 1975 and 1995, the number of public health nurses in Kumamoto doubled from 258 to 521. The RML created a theoretical framework for health which encompassed healthcare, food and agriculture. With strong leadership, and diverse community engagement, RLM expanded its activities beyond the traditional healthcare framework, which later contributed in development of a comprehensive PHC movement with strong inter-sectoriality. The exercise of political empowerment revealed unanticipated skills, which in turn served the goals of the movement. Both social and individual accomplishments helped the movement both sustain itself and evolve. <p><b>Conclusion: </b>The RLM has become a leading example of a sustainable social movement that not only empowered public health nursing, but also facilitated the health of citizens and the communities. It strengthened the infrastructure of healthcare and impacted national level policy development.en_GB
dc.subjectPrimary Health Careen_GB
dc.subjectCommunity Healthen_GB
dc.subjectHistorical Studyen_GB
dc.date.available2012-09-12T09:21:46Z-
dc.date.issued2012-09-12-
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-12T09:21:46Z-
dc.conference.date2012en_GB
dc.conference.name23rd International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationBrisbane, Australiaen_GB
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