Track 4: Partnerships and intersectoral action
7th Global Conference on Health Promotion: track themes
The health of populations is determined not by health sector activities alone but by social and economic factors, and hence by the policies and actions beyond the mandate of the health sector. It is thus important for the health sector to work in collaboration with other sectors to raise awareness of the co-benefits of acting together for people-centered policies that promote health.
A 'whole of government' approach to health works closely with other sectors such as finance, education, agriculture, environment, housing and transport to examine how their policies can help achieve their own objective while also improving health. Such intersectoral collaboration could in some cases, lead to reduction of adverse consequences such as in containing air pollution, or actively promote health such as in policies for promoting access to quality education or gender equality. This approach was a fundamental tenet of the Alma Ata Declaration, and is one the four pillars of Primary Health Care as laid out in WHO's 2008 World Health Report. It also forms a basic premise of the recommendations of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
This track at the conference will explore practical aspects of achieving such intersectoral collaboration and partnerships. While tools have been successfully developed to analyse the health impact of public policies, the conference will discuss how meaningful partnerships can be struck across sectors and which are based on common objectives and joint ownership. What are the entry points at national level for strategic and operational discussions? How can capacity for collaborative action be ensured and credible partnerships created? How can partnerships be struck at all levels from local to global, governmental to private? These are some of the questions that will be examined at the Conference.
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1. WHO World Health Report, (2008) Primary Health Care: Now more than ever
2. Stahl, T., Wismar, M., Ollila, E., Lahtinen, E., Leppo, K., (2006) Health-in-all-policies: prospects and potentials
3. Final report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 2008, Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health