Infrastructure for health promotion

Infrastructure for health promotion:

Those human and material resources, organizational and administrative structures, policies, regulations and incentives which facilitate an organized health promotion response to public health issues and challenges.

Reference: new definition

Such infrastructures may be found through a diverse range of organizational structures, including primary health care, government, private sector and nongovernmental organizations, self-help organizations, as well as dedicated health promotion agencies and foundations. Although many countries have a dedicated health promotion workforce, the greater human resource is to be found among the wider health workforce, workforces in other sectors than health (for example in education, social welfare and so on), and from the actions of lay persons within individual communities. Infrastructure for health promotion can be found not only in tangible resources and structures, but also through the extent of public and political awareness of health issues, and participation in action to address those issues.

Source: Health Promotion Glossary (1998), WHO/HPR/HEP/98.1