Building Health Promotion Capacity explores the professional practice of health promotion, and the means through which individuals and organizations become more effective in supporting and undertaking such practice. The concepts of "capacity" and "capacity-building" are used to structure this exploration. Simply put, capacity refers to those qualities or characteristics that enable people to do something.The book is based on the experiences of the Building Health Promotion Capacity Project (1998-2003), a continuing education and applied research initiative affiliated with the Saskatchewan Heart Health Program. This project was designed to study the process of capacity development through taking action to enhance the health promotion capacity of practitioners and regional health districts in Saskatchewan.
Scott McLean is Director of Continuing Education at the University of Calgary. Joan Feather recently retired as Coordinator of the Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre. David Butler-Jones is the first Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Tables and Figures Acknowledgments Abbreviations Part 1: Setting the Stage 1 Introduction: Action, Learning, and Capacity Building 2 Making the Building Health Promotion Capacity Project Happen Part 2: Action for Learning 3 Understanding Health Promotion Capacity 4 Building Health Promotion Capacity Part 3: Learning from Action 5 Building Health Promotion Capacity among Practitioners 6 Building Health Promotion Capacity in Organizations 7 The Environment and Health Promotion Capacity Part 4: Conclusions 8 Reflections on Building Health Promotion Capacity References