Health Promotion Works, But Only If You Get the Word Out

Conference on building health promotion into the national agenda

The Health Promotion Research Foundation held the 12th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference on February 12–16, 2001, in Washington, D.C., to begin to document the health and financial impact of health promotion.

Over 700 people attended, including representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Medical Unit.

Key Findings

  • Among the conference findings and recommendations were:

    • Health promotion must become an integral part of health care, education, the worksite, neighborhoods, families, and local, state and federal policy.
    • The field must demonstrate that health promotion can produce long-lasting change, and develop standard research-based protocols that establish which methods work best for different populations, including children and older adults.
    • There is a huge gap between the best programs and the typical ones.
    • Increased funding is needed to widely disseminate current research results and best-practice strategies to scientists, health promotion practitioners and policymakers.

Key Results

  • The American Journal of Health Promotion published three special issues based on the conference.

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