June’s Health Promotion Text

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John Kemm, a past President of IHPE has published his latest book entitled ‘Health Promotion, Ideology and Specialisms’ via Oxford University Press.  

Publishers’ comments included:

  • A comprehensive exploration of health promotion from both a theoretical and practical point of view
  • Clear proposals for developing health promotion as a profession, and how it could contribute to the health of populations
  • Up to date and timely examination of legislation
  • Packed with examples and case studies


Papers highlighted in June issue of Milbank Quarterly

Jennifer L Pomeranz on Participatory Workplace Health Wellness Programme: Reward, Penalty and Regulatory Conflict. Workplace wellness programme have the potential to improve workers’ health and reduce health care costs. Providing incentives for participating workers to complete a health risk assessment is a common feature of these programs. But legal and ethical concerns emerge where employers use incentives that raise questions about the voluntariness of such programs.

Amanda Fallin and Stanton A Glantz on Tobacco –Control Policies in Tobacco-Growing States: Where Tobacco was King. Relying on previously secret tobacco-industry documents the researchers present an account of tobacco control policies in tobacco growing states (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). They reveal that tobacco companies prioritised blocking health policies and joined with tobacco farmers in opposing these policies. But between 1998 and 2003, a rift between the companies and the tobacco farmers emerged. In 2003, the first comprehensive smoke-free law was passed in a major tobacco growing state and there has been steady progress in the region since then.

Linden Farmer, Claudia Marinetti, Yoline Kuipers Cavaco and Caroline Costongs on Advocacy for Health Equity: A Synthesis Review. In this systematic review, researchers from EurHealthNet examine the issue of advocacy for health equity. They found a variety of barriers that haper advocacy, including the contemporary economic zeitgeist, biomedical health perspectives, and difficulties cooperating across policy sectors on the issue of equity. The researchers maintain that advocacy organisations have a central role in advocating for health equity, give the challenges of bridging the worlds of civil society, research and policy.


Nursing Times

Seven priorities to improve public health set out by Public Health England in 2014 aimed to:

1 Tackle obesity, especially for children;

2 Reduce smoking;

3 Reduce harm from alcohol;

4 Secure the best start in life for children to tackle the wider determinants of good health;

5 Transform a generations’s risk of dementia;

6 Tackle microbial resistance;

7 Achieve a decline in tuberculosis incidence,

The paper adds that in addition to the seven priorities there needs to be a focus on inequalities.

The key points are listed in the paper:

1. Several areas must be addressed if the health of the population is to improve

  1. Mental health is as important as physical health
  2. Inequalities must be narrowed
  3. Improving an individual’s self esteem is likely to also improve their resilience and coping mechanisms
  4. All nurses possess, and use, skills that can improve public health

Nursing Times 22.04.15 Vol 111 No 17 pp 22-23   http://www.nursingtimes.net

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