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Dialogues in Progress
Global Working Group
on Healthy Settings
The Global Working Group (GWG) on Healthy Settings was set up in 2007 to support the development of the whole system healthy settings approach. Building on the preparatory work of an informal working group that had met since 2005, the GWG was formed in response to a resolution passed at the 19th World Conference in Vancouver. Its membership is drawn from a range of IUHPE regions and harnesses experience and expertise relating to different settings (e.g. schools, hospitals, workplace, universities, cities).
"health is created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love." (WHO, 1986, Ottawa Charter)
"'settings for health' represent the organizational base of the infrastructure required for health promotion...comprehensive approaches to health development are the most effective...[and] particular settings offer practical opportunities for the implementation of comprehensive strategies." (WHO, 1997, Jakarta Declaration)
"the reach of settings-based health promotion should be greatly expanded." (IUHPE/CCHPR, 2007, Shaping the Future of Health Promotion)
Terms of Reference
To support the development of the whole system settings approach, acknowledging its potential to contribute to the promotion of health, wellbeing, education and sustainable development, and to the pursuit of equity within and between countries, in the context of globalization and other 21st century forces.
To facilitate the development of, and communicate, healthy settings theory, policy and practice at international and national levels.
To build bridges and enable shared learning between settings-specific programmes, networks and collaborating centres, and with relevant professions and sectors, at international and national levels.
To ensure that further development of the settings approach does not exacerbate inequities in health that may arise from a strong focus on traditional settings such as schools and workplaces, in which certain groups may be systematically under-represented/excluded (e.g. excluded young people, homeless, unemployed).
To ensure that the settings approach develops in ways that ensure relevance within the context of globalization and other 21st century forces.
To strengthen the knowledge and evidence bases for healthy settings by promoting a culture of evaluation, learning and development.
Chair and membership
Lawrence St Leger
Products and activities
- Editorial - Healthy settings: future directions (Promotion & Education XIII (1): 4-6)
- 20th World Conference on Health Promotion: Presentation from Sub-Plenary on Healthy and Sustainable Settings: Reflections and Future Directions (moderated by Fran Baum and with panel comprising Ilona Kickbusch, Gauden Galea, Albert Lee, Jürgen Pelikan, Cordia Chu, Mark Dooris)
- Further Reading
- Healthy Settings Development Unit, University of Central Lancashire
- Settings for All Wiki
- Settings for Health and Learning International Symposium - Presentations
- WHO Healthy Settings Portal
- Login [Email]