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Alberta health inspectors
quantitative and qualitative analysis
public health policy implementation
health promotion
Mixed-methods research design
barriers and facilitators to organizational capacity
practice-based evidence
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Mahabeer, Rabindra Amarnath Singh
Supervisor and department
Dr. Kim Raine; School of Public Health
Examining committee member and department
Ms. Cynthia Smith (School of Public Health), Dr. Ken Zakariasen (School of Public Health)
Department of Public Health Sciences

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Master of Science
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This study identified and characterized how health inspectors practiced health promotion. A literature-derived policy framework, the social determinants of health, and Ottawa Charter (WHO, 1986) were used in a mixed-method research design of interview, survey, and document analysis. Fifteen health inspectors were interviewed, 51 surveyed and four key policy documents were analyzed. Content and statistical analysis revealed that health inspectors practiced health promotion opportunistically and unintentionally, creating an incremental, inconsistent approach when enforcement of public health policy (health protection) did not resolve individual client needs. The evidence supported the assertion that without clear policy and leadership health promotion practice was inconsistent and uncoordinated. Research following on from the study’s findings should be focused on identified facilitators and barriers of public health policy implementation building organizational capacity for health promotion practice. This study demonstrated that health protection and health promotion can work together to maintain and enhance the health of Albertans.
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