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Health Promotion International

Francesco Lietz, Giovanni Piumatti, Cristina Mosso, Jelena Marinkovic, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic
Today well-being attracts the attention of public health professionals who are looking to explore life satisfaction as a whole and its specific domains. In order to contribute in moving the measurement of subjective well-being from a primarily academic activity to the sphere of intervention, we need to assess tools to measure multidimensional well-being (MWB) adopting state-of-the-art statistical techniques. Through structural equation modelling our goal was to test a MWB model among Italian and Serbian university students and to further observe its relationships with measures of life goals' pursuing...
October 5, 2016: Health Promotion International
A Costa, M Cortes, C Sena, E Nunes, P Nogueira, T Shivaji
The World Health Organization recommend the Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a means to assess the impact of social and economic policies on the health of populations, and acknowledges their contribution to health inequality. We describe the application of the Equity-focused Impact Assessment methodology on the Portuguese law on Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control (Law No. 37/2007). A rapid assessment was carried out to issue recommendations which could be incorporated into the law during a revision in 2014...
October 2, 2016: Health Promotion International
Patricia Struthers, Lisa Wegner, Petra de Koker, Wondwossen Lerebo, Renette J Blignaut
Health promoting schools, as conceptualised by the World Health Organisation, have been developed in many countries to facilitate the health-education link. In 1994, the concept of health promoting schools was introduced in South Africa. In the process of becoming a health promoting school, it is important for schools to monitor and evaluate changes and developments taking place. The Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Monitoring Questionnaire was developed to obtain opinions of students about their school as a health promoting school...
October 2, 2016: Health Promotion International
Benjamin Marent, Christina C Wieczorek, Karl Krajic
Following the trend in most developed countries, in Austria the oldest old are the fastest growing population group. Among this group, there is a high prevalence of multimorbidity, functional impairment, dementia and psychiatric conditions. While health promotion (HP) has been considered relevant in coping with the challenges of an aging population, it has so far been viewed as a foreign concept in relation to the oldest old, especially those living in residential aged care (RAC) facilities. Although there is an acknowledgement that HP should be integrated into routine nursing, there has been little research on how professionals working with RAC interpret and implement HP...
September 30, 2016: Health Promotion International
Noeline Razanamihaja, Yuka Makino, Hiroshi Ogawa, Noriaki Ikeda, Hideo Miyazaki
The prevalence of tobacco smoking among adolescents aged 13-15 years old in Madagascar was previously reported to be higher than the average in other African regions. A preventive approach is urgently needed to avoid the initiation of early tobacco smoking. Therefore, the aims of this study were to evaluate the status of tobacco smoking among primary schoolchildren in Madagascar and explore the factors associated with initiation of tobacco smoking in the young. This study was conducted in the Mahajanga region of Madagascar...
September 22, 2016: Health Promotion International
Marta Fadda, Mayada Kanj, Tamar Kabakian-Khasholian, Peter Johannes Schulz
Health literacy is an important predictor of health status, health behaviours, and other health outcomes. However, research on health literacy in the Arab world is scarce and no health literacy tool has been validated to test the health literacy level of the Lebanese population so far. The aim of this study was to validate Arabic translations of three commonly used health literacy assessment tools, the S-TOFHLA, the REALM-R, and the Brief Health Literacy Screening items. The tools were linguistically and culturally adapted to the Lebanese context, and 250 face-to-face interviews were conducted in an outpatient clinic in Beirut, Lebanon, between April and June 2015...
September 20, 2016: Health Promotion International
Mattias Örnerheim
Healthcare registries, otherwise known in Sweden as national quality registries (NQRs), have progressed from being a patient-focused system supporting medical results to become the basis of a health policy steering instrument called regional comparisons (RCs). This article seeks to explain RCs as an unintended consequence of the NQR development, by utilizing the concepts of policy entrepreneurs and streams of impact: the problem stream (problem perceived), the policy stream (what is valid), and the political stream (governmental objectives)...
September 4, 2016: Health Promotion International
Andreas Mielck, Holger Kilian, Frank Lehmann, Antje Richter-Kornweitz, Lotte Kaba-Schönstein
In 2003, the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) initiated the national Cooperation-Network (CN) 'Equity in Health'. The CN is constantly increasing in size and scope, supporting setting approaches aimed at reducing health inequalities. A detailed description of the CN has not yet been available in English. The CN comprises a total of 66 institutional cooperation partners. Information concerning the structure and activities can be found on a special website. Coordination Centres (CC) have been established in the 16 federal states, for the coordination of all state-specific activities...
September 4, 2016: Health Promotion International
Diana C Parra, Thiago H de Sá, Carlos A Monteiro, Nicholas Freudenberg
Sedentary lifestyles contribute to premature death and health inequalities. Researchers have studied personal and community-level determinants of inactivity but few have analyzed corporate influences. To reframe the public health debate on inactivity and open new doors for public sector intervention, we conducted a scoping review of evidence from several disciplines to describe how the business and political practices of the automobile, construction, and entertainment sectors have encouraged sedentary lifestyles...
August 25, 2016: Health Promotion International
Alexandra Gartrell, Megan Jennaway, Lenore Manderson, Judy Fangalasuu, Simon Dolaiano
Development discourse widely recognises that disability is the result of economic and social processes and structures that fail to accommodate persons with disabilities. Empirical work on the relationship between disability and poverty however, conceptualize poverty through an economic resource lens in high-income countries. To address this conceptual gap this article uses a social determinants of health perspective to examine how socio-cultural, economic and political contexts shape disability-based disadvantage...
August 25, 2016: Health Promotion International
Gillian Sandra Gould, Leah C Stevenson, Yvonne Cadet-James, Alan R Clough
Recently, many programs have been funded to tackle Indigenous Australian smoking. This study assessed what challenges and unexpected responses could occur when developing anti-tobacco messages for Indigenous communities. A cross-sectional telephone survey of organizations involved in making anti-tobacco messages for the target population was conducted in 2012-2013. Open-ended questions explored cultural challenges to message development and unexpected outcomes. Responses were noted and these qualitative data were independently coded by two researchers using an inductive analysis...
August 22, 2016: Health Promotion International
Stephanie L Godrich, Christina R Davies, Jill Darby, Amanda Devine
This study investigated determinants of fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption among regional and remote Western Australian (WA) children, using an Ecological Model of Health Behaviour. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 key informants (Health Workers, Food Supply Workers, and School/Youth Workers) purposively sampled from across regional and remote WA. Interviews were transcribed, analysed thematically using QSR-NVivo 10 software, and embedded within an Ecological Model of Health Behaviour to demonstrate the multiple levels of influence on health...
August 22, 2016: Health Promotion International
Steve Robertson, Brendan Gough, Esmée Hanna, Gary Raine, Mark Robinson, Amanda Seims, Alan White
There remains significant concern about men's mental health, particularly in terms of personal and societal barriers to help-seeking, negative coping mechanisms and high suicide rates. This article presents findings from a multi-phase study looking at 'what works' in mental health promotion for men. Work here reports the collection and analysis of the tacit knowledge of those working within mental health promotion interventions for men. A 'multiple hub and spoke' approach was used to assist data collection...
August 20, 2016: Health Promotion International
Sari Andajani-Sutjahjo, Theresa C H Liew, John F Smith, Iutita Esekielu, Gabrielle Mason, Imele Tariu
This article discusses the experiences of community volunteers' participation in a community-based participatory research project in Tāmaki, a low socio-economic and ethnically diverse suburban community within greater Auckland City, New Zealand. In the Tāmaki Community Action Research project, community volunteers were recruited and trained to conduct random household surveys (RHS) and asset mapping commissioned by community groups and government agencies in that area. The volunteers were involved in planning, coordination and ongoing governance of the project and ∼70 residents and local university students participated at different stages of the 2-year project...
August 20, 2016: Health Promotion International
Belinda Thewes, Kirsten McCaffery, Esther Davis, Gail Garvey
BACKGROUND: Indigenous people experience poorer cancer survival outcomes compared with non-Indigenous people. Currently, there is growing awareness of poor health literacy as a determinant of cancer outcomes. However, little attention has been given to researching cancer-related health literacy amongst Indigenous people. OBJECTIVES: To systematically review empirical studies of cancer health literacy amongst Indigenous people worldwide. METHODS: Articles were identified in Medline (1946-2013); Pre-Medline; CINAHL; PsycINFO (1967-2013); PubMed; Current Contents/All Editions (1993-2013); Allied Health and Complimentary Medicine (1985-2013), and in the reference lists of retrieved articles and by expert consultation...
August 20, 2016: Health Promotion International
Louise N Signal, Sharron G Bowers, Richard Edwards, Heather Gifford, Sheena Hudson, Gabrielle L S Jenkin, Tolotea S Lanumata, Marie L Russell, George Thompson, Mat D Walton
Little has been written about interviewing policy-makers in health promotion and public health research. This article explores the process, pitfalls and profits of semi-structured interviews with policy-makers in 10 research projects conducted in New Zealand. Key members of each research team were surveyed about their research and findings verified against research publications. Key aspects of the process of policy-maker interviews include gaining ethical approval, navigating gatekeepers, using personal contacts and multiple research dissemination methods...
August 19, 2016: Health Promotion International
Pippa Waterworth, Melanie Pescud, Stacie Chappell, Christina Davies, Dee Roche, Trevor Shilton, Melissa Ledger, Terry Slevin, Michael Rosenberg
The aim of this study was to qualitatively explore the barriers and enablers to implementing healthy workplace initiatives in a sample of workplaces based in Perth, Western Australia. In-depth interviews were conducted with representatives from 31 organizations representing small, medium and large businesses in the Perth metropolitan area which reported having healthy workplace initiatives. In total, 43 factors were mentioned as influencing the implementation of healthy workplace initiatives. Factors appearing to exert the most influence on the implementation of health promoting initiatives in this sample were culture; support from managers and staff; collaboration with industry providers; financial resources circumstances and the physical environment...
August 19, 2016: Health Promotion International
J Hope Corbin, Jacky Jones, Margaret M Barry
A Health in All Policies approach requires creating and sustaining intersectoral partnerships for promoting population health. This scoping review of the international literature on partnership functioning provides a narrative synthesis of findings related to processes that support and inhibit health promotion partnership functioning. Searching a range of databases, the review includes 26 studies employing quantitative (n = 8), qualitative (n = 10) and mixed method (n = 8) designs examining partnership processes published from January 2007 to June 2015...
August 9, 2016: Health Promotion International
Marisa Fogarty, Nicola Coalter, Ashley Gordon, Helen Breen
Gambling impacts affect Australian Indigenous families and communities in diverse and complex ways. Indigenous people throughout Australia engage in a broad range of regulated and unregulated gambling activities. Challenges in this area include the complexities that come with delivering services and programmes between the most remote regions, to highly populated towns and cities of Australia. There is little knowledge transfer between states and territories in Australia and no conceptual understanding or analysis of what constitutes 'best practice' in gambling service delivery for Indigenous people, families and communities...
August 4, 2016: Health Promotion International
Angèle Bilodeau, Louise Potvin
This article proposes a sociologically informed theoretical and methodological framework to address the complexity of public health interventions (PHI). It first proposes three arguments in favour of using the Actor-Network Theory (ANT) for the framework. ANT: (1) deals with systems made of human and non-human entities and proposes a relational view of action; (2) provides an understanding of the intervention-context interactions and (3) is a tool for opening the intervention's black box. Three principles derived from ANT addressing theoretical problems with conceptualisation of PHI as complex systems are proposed: (1) to focus on the process of connecting the network entities instead of their stabilised form; (2) both human and non-human entities composing networks have performative capacities and (3) network and intervention shape one another...
August 4, 2016: Health Promotion International
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