"Governance for health requires a synergistic set of policies, many of which reside in sectors other than health and outside of government and which must be supported by structures and mechanisms that facilitate collaboration. The engagement of people is a defining factor. The concept of ‘governance for health’ can best be illustrated as the culmination of three waves in the expansion of health policy, from intersectoral action, to healthy public policy, to the ‘health in all policies’ approach, all of which are now integrated in whole-of-government and whole-of society approaches to health and well-being."
This study defines “governance for health” as the attempts of governments or other actors to steer communities, countries or groups of countries in the pursuit of health as integral to wellbeing through both a ‘whole-of-government’ and a ‘whole-of-society’ approach.
An edited version of this study together with all the background papers has been published in 2014 by the WHO regional Office, more.
This study has since been complemented by a second volume focusing on implementation, here.
Many of the issues raised in these studies are also discussed in Ilona Kickbusch’ work on the health society, health in all policies and on global health governance.
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