Health Promotion Settings combines the theoretical discourse of the settings approach, covering a wide range of fundamental principles, concepts and policy issues, with real life examples of settings, including workplaces, schools, neighborhood, cities and prisons. Frameworks and processes that are actively shaping health promotion in settings in the 21st Century are documented and the ideas and research covered will provide a vital set of indicators for those who promote health in settings. Combining theory with practical examples and case studies, the authors show how a settings approach can work in practice, drawing on a range of local, national and international initiatives and coordinated projects.

Health Promotion Settings provides a rich source of ideas and case examples which highlight the challenges for promoting health in a range of contexts. Special attention is given to the workplace as both a priority area for health promotion and a key determinant of health.

Written by a highly experienced team of health promotion and public health professionals, academics and researchers, this book is essential reading for both students and practitioners working towards the improvement of health using a settings approach.

Health Promoting Prisons: Dilemmas and Challenges

Health promoting prisons: Dilemmas and challenges
JamesWoodall and JaneSouth


  • To introduce the rationale and principles underpinning the health promoting prison
  • To set the health promoting prison within a political context and outline how prisons have emerged as a setting for health promotion
  • To explore the conceptual and practical challenges facing the health promoting prison
  • To discuss the future of the health promoting prison

Prisons have been regarded as the most problematic of the settings-based environments (Whitehead, 2006), as prisons generally work within hierarchical, disempowering and penalizing structures that are fundamentally antithetical to the core values of health promotion (Smith, 2000; Whitehead, 2006; Woodall, 2010a). While the discourse and ideology of health promotion is incongruous in a setting that curtails individual freedom and choice, there are ...

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