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.

A Whole Systems Approach to Working in Settings

A Whole Systems Approach to Working in Settings

A whole systems approach to working in settings
MargaretHodgins and JohnGriffiths


  • To link the paradigmatic shift from reductionism to a whole systems approach in scientific thinking generally, to the shift from individual behaviours to settings within health promotion
  • To explore key elements of systems thinking in the context of the settings approach within health promotion
  • To outline examples of successful healthy settings work employing a whole systems approach: the Management Standards Approach to work-related stress and the Bullying Prevention programme for schools
  • To explore challenges and opportunities in adopting a whole systems approach to settings

Settings are complex dynamic systems, set within and interacting with larger systems such as the political or economic environment. This view of settings as systems is consistent with ...

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