Building Health Promotion Capacity explores the professional practice of health promotion, and the means through which individuals and organizations become more effective in supporting and undertaking such practice. The concepts of “capacity” and “capacity-building” are used to structure this exploration. Simply put, capacity refers to those qualities or characteristics that enable people to do something.
The book is based on the experiences of the Building Health Promotion Capacity Project (1998–2003), a continuing education and applied research initiative affiliated with the Saskatchewan Heart Health Program. This project was designed to study the process of capacity development through taking action to enhance the health promotion capacity of practitioners and regional health districts in Saskatchewan.
For health promotion practitioners, this book provides a coherent framework for effective professional practice in the field. Leaders in health sector organizations will acquire a greater understanding of how to support health promotion practice and of how to recruit and develop individual practitioners with a high level of capacity. Policy makers will learn characteristics of environments that are supportive of the health promotion capacity of individuals and organizations. Scholars will acquire an understanding of the nature of health promotion capacity and a methodology for studying such capacity.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Scott McLean is Professor and Associate Dean of Extension at the University of Saskatchewan. Joan Feather recently retired as Coordinator of the Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre. David Butler-Jones is the first Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Setting the stage1 Introduction: Action, learning and capacity building2 Background to Action: Making BHPC Happen
Part 2: Action for Learning3 Understanding health promotion capacity4 Building health promotion capacity
Part 3: Learning from action5 Building health promotion capacity among practitioners6 Building health promotion capacity in organizations7 The environment and health promotion capacity
Part 4: Conclusions8 Building health promotion capacity