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Do Healthy City Performance Awards Lead to Health in All Policies? A Case of Taiwan

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Healthy Cities Research Center, Research and Services Headquarters, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan
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Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, No.155, Sec.2, Linong Street, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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BeiTou Culture Foundation, No.45-1, Sec. 1, Zhongyang S. Rd., Beitou Dist., Taipei City 112, Taiwan
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Department of Public Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, No.1, University Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 1061; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16061061
Received: 23 January 2019 / Revised: 4 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 24 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Healthy Cities)
The Healthy Cities (HC) Project, which was introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1986, has been recognized as the best setting approach for health promotion. However, very few studies have addressed how to use HC approaches to establish public policies in non-health departments in cities. This paper describes the strategies for the HC Performance Awards used in Taiwan to draw attention from different departments and to sustain intersectoral collaboration for the purpose of establishing Health in All Policies (HiAP). The methods include: (1) setting up the Taiwan Healthy City Alliance; (2) establishing HC Innovation Performance Awards; (3) reviewing the award applications according to seven criteria; and (4) analyzing the topic content of the award applications. We collected 961 HC award applications during 2013–2016 to analyze their content. The results showed that the number of applications increased nearly every year while significantly more non-health departments applied for the awards compared to health departments (73.3% vs. 26.7%). The award rates of non-health departments have also increased twice from 13.9% in 2013 to 25.8% in 2016. By examining the topics of the award winners, we concluded that “HC Innovation Performance Awards” indeed provide a role and opportunity for political involvement, intersectoral collaboration, co-opetition and capacity building that is necessary for establishing health in all policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthy cities; innovation performance awards; intersectoral collaboration; health in all policies healthy cities; innovation performance awards; intersectoral collaboration; health in all policies
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Huang, N.-C.; Kuo, H.-W.; Hung, T.-J.; Hu, S.C. Do Healthy City Performance Awards Lead to Health in All Policies? A Case of Taiwan. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1061. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16061061

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Huang N-C, Kuo H-W, Hung T-J, Hu SC. Do Healthy City Performance Awards Lead to Health in All Policies? A Case of Taiwan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(6):1061. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16061061

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Huang, Nuan-Ching, Hsien-Wen Kuo, Te-Jen Hung, and Susan C. Hu. 2019. "Do Healthy City Performance Awards Lead to Health in All Policies? A Case of Taiwan" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 6: 1061. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16061061

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