Health in all local policies: Lessons learned on intersectoral collaboration in a community-based health promotion network in Denmark

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  • Christensen, Julie Hellesøe
  • Paul Bloch
  • Signe Rysbjerg Møller
  • Cecilie Prüsse Søgaard
  • Charlotte Demant Klinker
  • Jens Aagaard-Hansen
  • Peter Bentsen

Health promotion increasingly involves collaboration with civil society organisations and the private sector rather than being implemented exclusively by public sector stakeholders. Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach that promotes health in policy-making across public sectors. This study explored intersectoral integration and collaboration for health promotion at a local community level through a qualitative single case study of a local community network in Denmark: the Husum Health Network. The paper describes and discusses strengths, weaknesses, and challenges of HiAP-inspired local efforts to build alliances and supportive environments for health within an inter-organisational community-based network. The data were generated from participant observations made at 11 meetings and events organised by the network partners and nine qualitative, semi-structured interviews with Husum Health Network partners conducted from August 2014 to February 2015. The data were analysed using a theoretical framework introduced by Axelsson and Axelsson (2006) to characterise aspects of integration and differentiation between organisations. With high levels of structural and functional differentiation between the partners, the network provided an opportunity to exercise inter-organisational integration at the local level. Integration was fostered by knowledge sharing, face-to-face interaction, and communal events. However, the loose structure of the network was a challenge to its sustainability and achievement. We argue that Health in All local Policies is a meaningful concept in the context of local community development only when referring to the polices and strategies of all stakeholder organisations involved in decision-making and agenda setting, and not just local government institutions.

TidsskriftInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)216-231
Antal sider6
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Eksternt udgivetJa

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