HP settings

Working in a health promoting setting?  Want to create one in your school, city or institution? 

This section offers research papers, evidence and toolkits to support health-promoting settings initiatives.  You will find information about the concept of health promoting settings as well as some examples of environments in which they have been created, such as hospitals, prisons and universities.

While many of the papers and toolkits are targetted at a particular situation (school, prison, etc) they have value for a broad range of settings, so don't restrict yourself to those items that focus on your environment.

In order to keep this section is up to date and as useful as possible, we would be glad to add your resources.  Please e-mail us with any that you are happy to share.


Research papers:

Health Promoting Hospitals:

J.M. Pelikan. 2007. Health Promoting Hospitals – Assessing developments in the network

This overview of WHO health promoting hospitals in Austria identifies milestones within the Health Promoting Hospitals network, and an assessment of its developments.

Lee, C.B.; Chen, M.S.; Powell, M.J. & C.Chu. 2013. Organisational Change to Health Promoting Hospitals: A Review of the Literature. This article clarifies the concept of Health Promoting Hospitals and identifies their development.  It emphasises the need for organisational capacity-building if hospitals are undertaking a health promoting hospitals approach.

Health Promoting Prisons:

Woodall, J. Dixey, R. & J. South. 2013. Control and choice in English prisons: developing health-promoting prison.

According to this paper if a settings approach in prison is truly to move forward, both conceptually and practically, then health promoters should seek to embed the key values of health promotion within the prison setting.

The authors drew this conclusion through a series of interviews with prisoners and staff to explore elements of health promotion such as choice, control and empowerment in the prison context.

Health Promoting Universities:

G. Barton. 2014. Health Promotion Settings – an Opportunity to Improve Health.

This paper introduces the health promoting settings concept and provides a case study of the Robert Gordon University (RGU) Scotland, UK: identifying both the challenges and opportunities of developing a University as a health promoting setting.



Health Promoting Schools

Evidence shows that students have better outcomes when there is an effective partnerships between their school, parents, whānau and community.   The better the relationship and engagement, the more positive the impact on students’ learning.

This information booklet outlines the good practice schools have undertaken to help school boards of trustees, principals and staff think about how they might apply the findings and ideas in their own schools.


The Health Promoting Schools website has an excellent range of toolkits, plans and resources.  Below are just a few examples of their resources, but we encourage you to visit the site for much more:

  • The health promoting schools Facilitator’s Toolkit provides a range of tools and resources for facilitators working in schools. 
  • Health & Wellbeing resources support health professionals and schools on their Health Promoting Schools journey.  An example of these is the Healthy Eating resource.  


Health Promoting Schools Accreditation Manual

This step-by-step guide, from Toi Te Ora Public Health Service, includes practical tools to implement Health Promoting Schools and achieve Health Promoting Schools Accreditation.

The manual covers:

  • What is a Health Promoting School?
  • Why become a Health Promoting School?
  • Overview of the scheme
  • Getting started
  • Steps to accreditation

 A guide to promoting health and wellness in the workplace

Produced by Regional Public Health, this practical resource was developed in 2012 to assist workplaces in implementing a health and wellness programme. It encourages them to provide a supportive environment and implement healthy policies that promote physical activity, healthy eating, a smoke-free environment and mental wellbeing.

The resource provides useful tips on:

  • Getting started
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation
  • Developing policy, useful websites & further resources


Healthy cities. Promoting health and equity – evidence for local policy and practice. Summary evaluation of Phase V of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network

This 2014 WHO publication concludes that the healthy cities movement adds value and allows local governments to invest in health and wellbeing and address inequities through novel approaches to developing health.  It identifies good progress among a variety of cities and networks.

The paper summarises the Phase V (2009–2013) evaluation of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Rooted in enduring values such as equity, governance, partnership, participation and sustainability the it focuses on:

  • policy and governance,
  • healthy urban environments and design
  • caring and supportive environments
  • health and active living
  • national networks’ performance
  • effects on health and equity.









January 2015


Karen Hicks

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