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Health Promotion Cyber-Tools


"The Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion took a comprehensive
view of health determinants, referring to them as pre-requisites for health.
It defined the fundamental prerequisites for health as peace, shelter,
education, food, income, a stable eco-system, sustainable resources,
social justice and equity. It also recognized that access to these
prerequisites cannot be ensured by the health sector alone. Rather,
coordinated action is required among all concerned, including
governments (health and other social and economic sectors)
non-governmental organizations, industry and the media.”

- (Health Canada, 1998, p.2).

Community based Nursing implies a nursing philosophy that guides nursing practice focused on individuals, families, and groups wherever they are, including where they live, work, play, access health services, or go to school. A major approach common to community based nursing is health promotion education and strategies. Health promotion is commonly defined as a process for enabling people to take control over and improve their health (WHO Ottawa Charter, 1986; Health Canada, 1998).

“Health promotion focuses on achieving equity in health. Health promotion action aims at reducing differences in current health status and ensuring equal opportunities and resources to enable all people to achieve their fullest health potential. This includes a secure foundation in a supportive environment, access to information, life skills and opportunities for making healthy choices. People cannot achieve their fullest health potential unless they are able to take control of those things which determine their health. This must apply equally to women and men." (WHO Ottawa Charter, 1986).

To promote health appropriately and effectively, one needs to be well equipped with strategic knowledge, a conceptual framework for Health Promotion, the clinical and community basis of health promotion actions, and awareness of the factors affecting the implementation of health promotion activities. “Nurses participate in the care of the community by participating in community assessment; identifying and diagnosing problems amenable to nursing interventions; planning for and implementing interventions that enhance the interacting forces within the system; and evaluating the outcomes of the interventions on the community’s health,” (Leddy & Pepper, 1998, p. 320).

Ends in View

This learning activity is intended to give the learner the opportunity to:

1. Utilize online health promotion tools and guidelines to further develop strategies and skills in the design and implementation of health promotion activities in a variety of community settings.

2. Gain appreciation for the diverse resources available for health promotion education and program designs on the Internet and other computer-generated databases.

3. Participate in the process of health promotion tool creation for application with clients in community settings.

In Preparation

1.EXPLORE: Health Canada. The Population Health Approach.

2. EXPLORE: Health Canada. Health Promotion Campaigns Online

3. EXPLORE: University of Kansas Community Toolbox. https://ctb.ku.edu/en

4. EXPLORE: Public Health Ontario. (2018). Planning Health Promotion Programs Workbook.

In Practice

1. CREATE: a tool of your choice (using a computer program), that reflects the theory and processes of health promotion. Make this tool applicable to your course work, to reflect a topic of chosen focus which relates to your work in the Community setting.

Some possibilities:

a) A word processed set of guidelines or plan for implementing health promotion strategies in your chosen field of interest.

b) A desktop published pamphlet or brochure outlining health promotion educational materials, again, for your chosen population of focus.

c) A graphic schematic, outlining a model for health promotion strategies for your chosen field of interest.

d) A multimedia, video, or PowerPoint presentation, outlining a health promotion plan or processes.

Share your creation with faculty, your peers, your clients and other contacts in the Community.

In Reflection

1. Health promotion strategies are becoming an important focus of many health and socially related disciplines, including medicine, physiotherapy, social work, and psychology.

2. How can nurses collaborate with other professionals to produce high quality and comprehensive, multidimensional health promotion materials, programs, and initiatives?


Health Canada. (1998). Health promotion in Canada–a case studyHealth Promotion International, 13 (1), 7-17.

Leddy, S. & Pepper, J. (1998). Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

World Health Organization. (1986). Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. WHO.

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