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REDLACPROMSA: Latin American and Caribbean Network of Health Promotion Managers

  • Rita M. Ferrelli
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Abstract

Public policies and decisions made in all sectors and at different levels of government have a significant impact on population health and on health equity. Health inequities persist with a social gradient in Latin America, even though the countries in the region have responded to the social and health protection needs of their populations and made sustained progress in addressing the determinants of health and improving the health of their populations. The need for countries to strengthen their health systems from the perspective of health promotion and action on the socio-environmental determinants of health was inserted into the constitution of the Latin American Network of Latin American and Caribbean Managers of Health Promotion (Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Gestores de Promoción de la Salud—REDLACPROMSA) in 2015.

REDLACPROMSA was established as an instance of cooperation, exchange, advocacy, and mutual support among health managers of ministries or departments of health promotion. It aims to make health promotion a key element of public policies by means of technical and political cooperation among Latin American and Caribbean countries in order to achieve equity, welfare, and social development. It aims as well to strengthen the stewardship function of ministries of health to act intra- and intersectorally.

The achievement of REDLACPROMSA objectives entails the commitment to implement the World Health Organization strategy “Health in All Policies,” as well as the strategic line 4 (“Strengthening Intersectoral Coordination to Address Social Determinants of Health”) of the Pan American Health Organization 53/5 resolution, “Strategy for Universal Health Access and Coverage,” of September 2014. The methodological principles informing REDLACPROMSA recognize the value of local experiences and social participation as a basis for achieving sustainable regional development, acknowledge the need to advance regional strategies of political incidence in order to put on governments’ agendas a public policy approach based on equity and socio-environmental determinants of health, retain horizontal cooperation as a new collaboration learning model, and use participatory methods and action–reflection processes for planning, implementing, and evaluating public policies aimed at reducing health inequities.

Keywords

Health promotion Networks Socio-environmental determinants of health Intersectoral action Health equity 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This paper reflects the contributions of the Network of Latin American and Caribbean Health Promotion Managers (REDLACPROMSA).1

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Latin American and Caribbean Network of Health Promotion Managers (REDLACPROMSA), National Institute of HealthRomeItaly

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