Evaluation and Recommendations of Hong Kong Health Promotion
Keywords:Public health, health promotion, health education, primary health care, 公共健康, 健康推廣, 健康教育, 基礎醫療保健
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.
The present study investigates the evolution of Hong Kong's health promotion policies between July 1997 and now. The objective of the study is to evaluate the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government's performance in health promotion. International experiences have been drawn to provide objective benchmarks for the assessment. The findings proposed that the Government should conduct a comprehensive review of the present system to consider formulating a policy with a clear direction and long-term strategies for promoting public health, and establishing an independent agency responsible for all health promotion-related matters. To achieve sustained success, the Government should also adopt an integrated and holistic approach in health promotion, with emphasis on policy development, organizational structure, intersectoral collaboration, community participation, promotion of healthy populations, healthy lifestyles and healthy settings, advocacy for health and related education, as well as capacity building for individuals. Apart from proactive efforts by the Government, active participation by all sectors in the community is of utmost importance in achieving success in health promotion.
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