This book is the first full-length in-depth treatment of settings as a focal point for planning, organizing and implementing health promotion. The concept of ‘setting’ is fundamental to theory and practice in health promotion. Internationally renowned authors describe the state-of-the-art in the theory and practice of health promotion in settings such as the home, school, workplace, community, and state and offer insightful commentaries on each other’s work.

The State as a Setting

The state as a setting
John N.LavisTerrence J.Sullivan

Governments, like people, make decisions that have unforeseen effects. We present in this chapter a paradoxical example of this phenomenon: Past efforts by government to improve health have created constraints to undertaking a new approach to improve health. This new approach, which we call “population health” ...

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