What is Health Promotion?
The World Health Organization defines the process of health promotion as ‘enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health’.
Reading & Resources
Textbooks & Chapters
Gottwald, M., & Goodman-Brown, J. (2012). A Guide to Practical Health Promotion. McGraw-Hill Education. (Ch1: An introduction to why Health Promotion is Important)
Naidoo, J., & Wills, J. (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion (4th Ed.). Elsevier Health Sciences.
Raingruber, B. (2014). Contemporary health promotion in nursing practice, Jones & Bartlett (Ch 3: Health promotion theories.)
Scriven, A. (2010). Promoting Health: A Practical Guide. Elsevier Health Sciences. [Ch 2: What is Health Promotion]
Tones, K., Green, J., Cross, R. and Woodall, J. (2015). Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies (3rd Ed.). London: Sage.
Related Journal Articles
Baum, F., & Fisher, M. (2014). Why behavioural health promotion endures despite its failure to reduce health inequities. Sociology of Health & Illness, 36(2), 213-225. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12112
Tannahill, A. (2009). Health promotion: the Tannahill model revisited. Public Health, 123(5), 396-399. http://www.publichealthjrnl.com/article/S0033-3506(09)00059-6/abstract
Mittelmark, M. B., & Bull, T. (2013). The salutogenic model of health in health promotion research. Global Health Promotion, 20(2), 30-38.
Mittelmark, M. B., Sagy, S., Eriksson, M., Bauer, G. F., Pelikan, J. M., Lindström, B., & Espnes, G. A. (2017). The handbook of salutogenesis. Springer. [open access]
Carter, S. M., Rychetnik, L., Lloyd, B., Kerridge, I. H., Baur, L., Bauman, A., ... & Zask, A. (2011). Evidence, ethics, and values: a framework for health promotion. American Journal of Public Health, 101(3), 465-472
Kickbusch, I. (2003). The contribution of the World Health Organization to a new public health and health promotion. American Journal of Public Health, 93(3), 383-388.
Kickbusch, I. (2019). Health promotion 4.0. Health Promotion International, 34(2), 179. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daz022
Madsen, W. (2017). Early 20th century conceptualization of health promotion. Health Promotion International, 32(6), 1041-1047. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daw039
Raingruber, B. (2017). The history of health promotion. In Contemporary Health Promotion in Nursing Practice, 23-47. http://samples.jbpub.com/9781284094749/Chapter_2.pdf
Tengland, P. A. (2016). Behavior change or empowerment: On the ethics of health-promotion goals. Health Care Analysis, 24(1), 24-46. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10728-013-0265-0
Tountas, Y. (2009). The historical origins of the basic concepts of health promotion and education: the role of ancient Greek philosophy and medicine. Health Promotion International, 24(2), 185-192. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dap006
Van den Broucke, S. Why health promotion matters to the COVID-19 pandemic, and vice versa. Health Promotion International. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daaa042
World Health Organisation - Health Promotion
Health Equalities Group- http://www.hegroup.org.uk/about-heg/who-we-are
Institute of Health Promotion and Education -http://ihpe.org.uk
International Union for Health Promotion and Education- http://www.iuhpe.org/
Public Health Observatory -http://www.apho.org.uk/
The UK Public Health Network -http://www.ukpublichealthnetwork.org.uk/about-ukphn/
World Health Organisation - http://www.who.int/en
Global health promotion resources
Health promotion skill-building resources
Public Health Partners - A US site for collating & signposting to a range of public health
Roots of Health Inequity - A free interactive learning resource