Building Health Promotion Capacity explores the
professional practice of health promotion and, in particular, how
individuals and organizations can become more effective in undertaking
and supporting such practice.
The book is based on the experiences of the Building Health
Promotion Capacity Project (1998-2003), a continuing education and
applied research venture affiliated with the Saskatchewan Heart Health
The project studied the process of capacity development in relation
to practitioners and regional health districts in Saskatchewan. For
health promotion practitioners across Canada and beyond, this book
provides a coherent framework for effective professional practice.
Leaders in health sector organizations will develop a firmer grasp of
how to support health promotion practice and how to recruit and retain
individual practitioners with a high level of capacity. Policy makers
will improve their knowledge of environments that support the health
promotion capacity of individuals and organizations. Scholars will
learn about the nature of health promotion capacity and about a
methodology for its study.
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