Integrating health planning and social planning: A case study in community-based partnerships for better health

Ambrose, Aleta and Short, Patricia (2009) Integrating health planning and social planning: A case study in community-based partnerships for better health. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 15 4: 294-302. doi:10.1071/PY09010


Author Ambrose, Aleta
Short, Patricia
Title Integrating health planning and social planning: A case study in community-based partnerships for better health
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY09010
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 294
End page 302
Total pages 9
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Language eng
Subject 2719 Health Policy
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract This paper reports the findings of a study that investigated the processes through which health planning and social planning were integrated in practice, at the community level, through the active engagement of childcare centres in health promotion and community capacity building. A small-scale, retrospective study of Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds, a community-based health promotion project for early childhood environments, was conducted. Focusing on links between health and social planning, the study revealed crucial factors that led to integrated planning and action at the community level: opportunities for professional development, the strengthening of partnerships through interpersonal networks, reduced isolation of childcare staff in community contexts, and genuine engagement of childcare centre staff in a planning process. It also demonstrated how momentum for planning and action at the community level was created, and how a shift towards integrated health and social planning, stemming from an attitudinal shift by childcare staff towards planning and partnerships, emerged. Insights are gained on ways to build upon the social component of health promotion programs, so as to establish sustainable partnerships for integrating health and social planning in communities.
Keyword Community health planning
Integrated planning
Public health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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