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Health Promot Perspect. 2019;9(4): 323-330.
doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.45
PMID: 31777714
PMCID: PMC6875556
Scopus ID: 85077645619
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Case Report

Coordinating health promotion in a federal state over the course of 30 years: a case report from Switzerland

Thomas Mattig 1* ORCID logo

1 Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Geneva; Health Promotion Switzerland, Bern
*Corresponding Author: Email: thomas.mattig@promotionsante.ch

Abstract

In a federal state such as Switzerland, the 26 cantons enjoy wide autonomy in all policy areas, including health policy. In the late 1980s, after the signing of the Ottawa Charter for health promotion, the Swiss Confederation and the cantons decided to create a foundation whose goal it was to initiate, coordinate and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention activities throughout the country. Thirty years later, the many stakeholders in the field have accepted health Promotion Switzerland as a key actor. The foundation was able to successfully initiate and coordinate projects in such priority areas as “Healthy Body Weight,” “Mental Health –Stress” and “Strengthening Health Promotion & Prevention.” But several challenges remain, for example, chronic noncommunicable diseases, an aging population, mental disorders, prevention in healthcare—challenges the foundation will have to face and to which it is expected to provide solutions.

Citation: Mattig T. Coordinating health promotion in a federal state over the course of 30 years: a case report from Switzerland. HealthPromot Perspect. 2019;9(4):323-330. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.45.
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Submitted: 10 Jul 2019
Accepted: 22 Aug 2019
ePublished: 24 Oct 2019
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