The health promotion service leads the implementation of health promotion approaches in order to tackle health inequalities and improve health across the populations of Lothian.
What is health promotion?
Health promotion has been defined by the Ottawa Charter as ‘the process of enabling individuals and communities to exert control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health’. It is also a practical approach to tackling health inequalities and so improving health.
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Health promotion is an internationally recognised specialist discipline. Some of the sub-specialist areas within health promotion overlap with sub-specialisms within public health, and others are unique within the fields of public health and health improvement.
As an approach, health promotion strengthens the skills and capabilities of individuals to take action, and develops the capacity of groups, communities, organisations and institutions to act collectively to exert control over the determinants of health. Over the last few years there has been a move, across Scotland, to integrate health promotion into the work of all healthcare providers, albeit with an emphasis on the treatment of ill health.
The Health Promotion Service’s prime focus is to drive forward the health inequalities agenda, influence others’ activities and co-coordinate and evaluate effort.