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Municipal Health Promotion as Part of Urban Health: A Policy Framework for Action

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Department of Applied Health Sciences, University of Applied Sciences, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Department of New Public Health, University Osnabrück, Institute for Health Research and Education, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany
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Fulda University of Applied Science, 36037 Fulda, Germany
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Center for Applied Health Science, Leuphana University Lueneburg, 21337 Lueneburg, Germany
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Department of Social Work, University of Applied Sciences RheinMain, 65197 Wiesbaden, Germany
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Department of Community Health, University of Applied Sciences, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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Hannover Medical School, Institute for Epidemiology, Social Medicine and Health System Research, 30625 Hannover, Germany
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Federal Centre for Health Education, 50825 Cologne, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6685; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166685
Received: 15 July 2020 / Revised: 11 August 2020 / Accepted: 12 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Health and Sustainability)
The link between health, socio-economic status and the living environment is increasingly moving into the focus of public health research and policy. The aim of the European Union’s Project “Joint Action Health Equity Europe (JAHEE)” is to enable countries to identify and implement needs-based measures to promote health equity. In one of JAHEE’s work packages, focusing on healthy living environments as a strategy to tackle health inequities, a Policy Framework for Action (PFA) has been developed. This article gives an insight into the core contents of the PFA, which are valid beyond the project boundaries for all actors that work at the intersection of community health promotion. The PFA was developed as a consensus document in a participatory process between the members of the work package and an interdisciplinary German team of public health experts. Results from project meetings of the partner countries as well as research findings and recommendations from field experts were incorporated. Reducing health inequalities in public health is a cross-sectional issue that needs to be addressed across all policy areas. The municipality setting is of particular importance in this context, as it offers many starting points and can coordinate between all relevant actors with an overarching strategy. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban health; municipality; health equity; health promotion; policy framework; health in all policies; public health action cycle urban health; municipality; health equity; health promotion; policy framework; health in all policies; public health action cycle
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Quilling, E.; Babitsch, B.; Dadaczynski, K.; Kruse, S.; Kuchler, M.; Köckler, H.; Leimann, J.; Walter, U.; Plantz, C. Municipal Health Promotion as Part of Urban Health: A Policy Framework for Action. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6685.

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