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.

The Settings Approach: Looking Back, Looking Forward

The settings approach: Looking back, looking forward


  • To provide an overview of the history and evolution of the settings approach
  • To outline its conceptual development
  • To discuss key contemporary challenges for the settings approach
  • To propose opportunities for addressing these challenges and ensuring continued relevance for twenty-first century practice

Health promotion has long recognized the value of utilizing settings such as healthcare, workplaces and schools as influential channels for reaching defined populations (Mullen et al., 1995). In this way, settings, alongside population groups and health topics or problems, make up the traditional three-dimensional matrix used to organize health promotion programmes, particularly those concerned with individual behaviour change. However, what has become known as the settings approach moves beyond this mechanistic view of delivering ...

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