Journal of Public Health

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 203–207 | Cite as

An integrated action plan as a structurally preventive approach in the social space: the socially oriented prevention programme Lenzgesund in a disadvantaged district in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel

  • Waldemar SüßEmail author
  • Alf Trojan
Original Article



Development and evaluation of an integrated action plan on health promotion in a disadvantaged district by a public private partnership of the local health authority and a research project of the University Medical Center of Hamburg funded by the German Ministry of education and research (prevention research).

Subject and methods

With the research projects, two major goals have been formulated that refer to the well-known Public Health Action Cycle:
  • Development of district-related small-scale health reports in view of benefits for process and outcome control, as well as situation analysis.

  • Development and testing of an evaluation method for setting-related prevention/health promotion (“capacity building”).

The “science practice project” consists of a considerable work plan that is structured by work packages. It is based on a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods (secondary statistical analyses, expert interviews, interviews with residents, etc.). Results have so far been published in two “district diagnosis” reports and other publications as well.


An “integrated concept for fields of action” for social areas can be defined as inter-sectoral or coordinated actions of departments—and dynamic management and action instrument for local actors. By implementing the strategic concept, aims of the integrated fields of action are to be met as well as new goals, which have developed during the course the programme. Core quality criteria and requirements for a sustainable integrated action are presented.


Successful courses of action to improve quality of life in disadvantaged districts ask for integrated action plans due to complex problems on the one hand, and manifold relations and constellations between involved actors on the other.


Germany Public health services Local prevention programme Urban district development Disadvantaged people Health reporting 


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Medizinische Soziologie, Sozialmedizin und Gesundheitsökonomie (IMSG)Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany

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