Identifying and characterizing the health promotion practice of Alberta Health Inspectors

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    Mahabeer, Rabindra Amarnath Singh
  • 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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    Master of Science
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