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Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion: From Research to Practice / Edition 1

Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion: From Research to Practice / Edition 1

by Cheryl Vince Whitman, Carmen E. Aldinger
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A growing body of research identifies strong links between children's health, social and educational outcomes; it also notes the reciprocal benefits of access to quality education on individual and family health status. In response to these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed the concept of the Health-Promoting School (HPS), a living catalyst for healthy lives, and for positive changes that students can take home and into the community. Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion provides readers with a theoretical and research base needed to understand the methods used in communities all over the world to put this captivating concept in place.

Case examples from over two dozen countries (representing urban and rural areas in developing and developed nations) outline the strategies taken to implement HPS programs in individual schools, municipalities, and nations. For each program, case study authors explain the problems they tackled, their motivation and supports to respond creatively; and the barriers they faced. In the cases, authors describe the capacities and infrastructure they created and mechanisms for cooperation; as well as the personnel, financial, and time requirements involved. Case studies were drawn from the following regions:


The Americas


Eastern Mediterranean

South and Southeast Asia

Western Pacific

Case Studies in Global School Health Promotion offers a world of insights, ideas, and guidance to those addressing social determinants of health at this formative stage, including: education and health policy makers; professionals and administrators in national governments, universities, local schools,community, non-governmental organizations and civil society. The material provides interesting and useful information to those dedicated to these issues within WHO, Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) Partners and other United Nations agencies. It is also an instructive text for graduate students in public health, education, allied health professions and social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441928276
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 10/29/2010
Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2009
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Cheryl Vince Whitman is a Senior Vice President and Division Director of the Health & Human Development Programs at Education Development Center.

Carmen Aldinger is a Project Director at Education Development Center (Newton, MA), where she manages the WHO Collaborating Center to Promote Health through Schools and Communities.

Table of Contents

Section 1 Introduction and Overview of Findings

1 Introduction and Background Cheryl Vince Whitman Carmen Aldinger 3

2 Framing Theories and Implementation Research Cheryl Vince Whitman 19

3 Overview of Findings from Case Study Analysis Cheryl Vince Whitman Carmen Aldinger 35

Section 2 Case Studies


4 Kenya: Action-Oriented and Participatory Health Education in Primary Schools W. Onyango-Ouma D. Lang'o B.B. Jensen 85

5 Mauritius: Health Promotion for Youth Odete Moises Cossa 97

6 Nigeria: Health-Promoting Schools Olusola Odujinrin 105

7 South Africa: Sapphire Road Primary Bruce Damons Sean Abrahams 115

The Americas

8 Barbados: School Health Case Study Patricia Warner 127

9 Brazil: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: The Experience of a Municipal School in Rio de Janeiro Sergio Meresman Avamar Pantoja Carlos da Silva 133

10 Canada: The Evolution of Healthy Schools in Ontario, Canada: Top-Down and Bottom-Up Carol MacDougall Yvette Lafor&ehat;t-Fliesser 143

11 Nicaragua: The Social "Treasure" of Participation Sergio Meresman Anyoli Sanabria 159

12 USA: The Michigan Journey Toward Coordinated School Health Laurie Bechhofer Barbara Flis Kyle Guerrant Kimberly Kovalchick 171

13 Uruguay: Mainstreaming Health Promotion in Education Policies Sergio Meresman 187


14 Germany: - "Alliance for Sustainable School Health and Education" Peter Paulus 195

15 Kosovo: A Health-Promoting Schools Approach to Reduce the Risks of Lead Poisoning and to Establish Cross-Ethnic Collaboration Ian Young Ardita Tahirukaj 205

16 Poland: The Health-Promoting School National CertificateBarbara Woynarowska Maria Sokolowska 213

17 Scotland: Sustaining the Development of Health-Promoting Schools: The Experience of Scotland in the European Context Ian Young Anne Lee 225

Eastern Mediterranean

18 Bahrain: National Comprehensive School Health Program, Health-Promoting Schools Mariam AlMulla Al Harmas Al Hajeri Lulwa Abd Al Aziz Al Thukair Nayara Sarhan 239

19 Oman: Health-Promoting Schools: Collaboration and Investment Ali Jaffer Mohamed Sahar Abdou Helmi 251

20 United Arab Emirates: Health-Promoting Schools: Strategies for Policy Change Mariam Al Matroushi 265

South and Southeast Asia

21 China: Implementing Health-Promoting Schools in Zhejiang Province, China Carmen Aldinger 283

22 Hong Kong: Health-Promoting Schools Albert Lee 297

23 India: Implementing Health-Promoting Schools: Hope Initiative Gourdas Choudhuri Uday Chand Ghoshal Elton D'Souza 315

24 Lao PDR: Strengthening the School Health Initiative Ly Foung S. Phoungkham P. Khatthanaphone 327

25 Philippines: Supporting Health Promotion in Schools Through the Urbani School Health Kit Sheila R. Bonito Lurenda S. Westergaard Raman Velayudhan 337

26 Singapore: Health-Promoting Schools: The CHERISH Award Rose Vaithinathan Cheong-Lim Lee Yee Wong Mun Loke Kelly Leow 349

27 Viet Nam Bui Phuong Nga Le Thi Kim Dung Le Thi Thu Hien Bernie Marshall Nguyen Hung Lon Nguyen Huy Nga Margaret Sheehan 365

Western Pacific

28 Australia: The New South Wales School-Link Initiative Danielle Maloney 377

29 Cook Islands: The "Strengthening Project" Debi Futter 387

Index 395

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