Should social enterprises complement or supplement public health provision?

Poveda, Sammia C., Gill, Melinda, Junio, Don Rodney, Thinyane, Hannah and Catan, Vanessa, (2019). Should social enterprises complement or supplement public health provision?. Social Enterprise Journal, n/a-n/a

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    Author Poveda, Sammia C.
    Gill, Melinda
    Junio, Don Rodney
    Thinyane, Hannah
    Catan, Vanessa
    Title Should social enterprises complement or supplement public health provision?
    Appearing in Social Enterprise Journal
    Publication Date 2019-04-18
    Place of Publication Bingley
    Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
    Start page n/a
    End page n/a
    Language eng
    Abstract Purpose This paper aims to explore how stable employment, company culture and tailored health, digital and core skills training provided by a social enterprise (SE) in the Philippines affect survivors of exploitation. Research shows survivors experience adverse social conditions and physical and mental health outcomes caused by their exploitative experience. Stable, decent employment has been identified as critical to their recovery and reintegration. This paper discusses the SE’s impact on the employees’ physical, mental and social health and behaviour. Based on our findings, the authors discuss the contribution of SE in improving health outcomes and providing health services and conclude that SEs should not replace but complement public health government programmes. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses mixed methods, presenting data from a longitudinal survey (household income, mental health and social well-being) and a follow-up qualitative study, which uses in-depth interviews and participatory videos to explore survey findings. Findings The quantitative analysis demonstrates positive, but gradual, changes in sexual and reproductive health behaviour; personal empowerment; and trauma, anxiety and depressive symptoms. The qualitative findings show how improvements in executive functioning, self-regulation and self-esteem occur incrementally over time. As their self-efficacy improves, employees need to avoid being overly dependent on the SE, to support their autonomy; therefore, access to complementary public health services is fundamental. Originality/value This paper focusses, to the authors’ knowledge, on a unique SE, which hires survivors of exploitation, without losing their competitiveness in the market.
    Keyword Sexual Exploitation
    Sexual and Reproductive Health
    Psychosocial Well-being
    Survivors of Exploitation
    Copyright Holder Emerald Publishing Limited
    Copyright Year 2019
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 17508614
    DOI 10.1108/SEJ-12-2018-0083
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