Developing the evidence base for community-governed health promotion and prevention

Totikidis, Vicky (2007) Developing the evidence base for community-governed health promotion and prevention. In: 21st Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, 4-7 December 2007, Sydney, Australia. (Unpublished)


The community governance or management of health promotion together with evidence about the health of a community is essential to the success of community health collaborations and to community empowerment and change. This paper offers an introductory review of the literature on evidence based public health and health promotion and provides a rationale and method for developing an evidence-based resource to support the community governance of health promotion. The review outlines the origin of and current debate around evidence-based health promotion; and presents a model that describes the use of two major forms of evidence referred to as guiding and evaluative evidence. While two forms of evidence are described (guiding and evaluative) the importance of guiding evidence for community-based and community-governed collaborations is emphasised and is the primary focus of this paper. The Australian national health priority areas are introduced, and a second model, which draws attention to determinants of health, inequalities in health and health status is offered. The model will be used to guide data collection and analysis in the first stage of an ongoing research thesis and subsequent health promotion activities with community members in the second stage of the research.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for International Corporate Governance Research
Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords health promotion, public health, community governance, collaboration
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