The University of Iowa

2002 Spring: Taking Change in Hand: Global Health Promotion

April 19-21, 2002

Conference Sponsors

Global Health Studies Program
UI International Programs
Associate Provost for Health Sciences
UI College of Public Health
UI College of Nursing

Conference Summary

Health promotion has been defined by the World Health Organization as "the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. To reach a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, an individual or group must be able to identify and to realize aspirations, to satisfy needs, and to change or cope with the environment. Health is, therefore, seen as a resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities. Therefore, health promotion is not just the responsibility of the health sector, but goes beyond healthy life-styles to well-being."


Dr. Donald E. Morisky
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Community Health Sciences
UCLA School of Public Health

Dr. David Buller
AMC Cancer Institute, Denver, CO
Senior Scientist and Chair
Center for Health Communication

Dr. Penelope Hawe
Department of Community Health Sciences
Markin Chair in Health, Wellness and Society in the Department of Community Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary

Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira
Division of Health Promotion and Protection
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
World Health Organization

Dr. Parveen Azam Khan
Drug Demand and Harm Reduction Organization (DOST)
Peshawar, PAKISTAN

Resources for Global Health Promotion

"Ottawa Charter for Health Information" from the First International Conference on Health Promotion, Ottawa, 21 November 1986

Jakarta Declaration

15 case studies of health promotion that were presented at the Fifth Global Conference on Health Promotion called "Health Promotion: Bridging The Equity Gap" in Mexico City, June 2000

Health Promotion in Dost Therapeutic Communities by Dr. Parveen Azam Khan

From Disease Prevention to Health Promotion by Lester Breslow, MD, MPH