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Susan R. Holman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827763.001.0001

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Between Cape Town and Memphis

Between Cape Town and Memphis

Religious Health Assets

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Susan R. Holman

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 tells the story of the African Religious Health Assets Programme (ARHAP), a multi-country research consortium that began in Southern Africa and has improved health-care outcomes even in poor neighborhoods in the United States. ARHAP builds on sociologists Kretzman and McKnight’s asset-based community development (ABCD), an approach popular in Christian mission and economic development initiatives. The chapter traces ARHAP’s beginning back to faith-based activism during South Africa’s Apartheid era in the lives of co-founders Steve de Gruchy and James R. Cochrane, as well as Gary Gunderson and others in the United States. It considers lessons learned and illustrates how community-based values and concepts such as “healthworld” shape a perspective on religious health assets that effectively encourages a dialogical intersection between health-care workers and persons of faith. The chapter concludes with a constructive critique, and the potential challenge of applying this model across a diversity of cultural and religious contexts.

Keywords:   religious health assets, ABCD, ARHAP, Steve de Gruchy, James R Cochrane, Gary R Gunderson, healthworld

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