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Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Yogan Pillay, and Timothy H. Holtz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199392285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199392285.001.0001

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Building Healthy Societies

Building Healthy Societies

From Ideas to Action

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(p.565) 13 Building Healthy Societies
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Textbook of Global Health
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Anne-Emanuelle Birn

Yogan Pillay

Timothy H. Holtz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199392285.003.0013

This chapter examines how and under what conditions the goals of building healthy and just societies may be realized. It contrasts selective and disease-control approaches pursued by major global health actors to broad-reaching societal efforts aimed at addressing the underlying determinants of health. After analyzing targeted poverty reduction interventions, the chapter turns to the makings of healthy societies in practice, based on integrated political, social, and public health approaches undertaken in both high-income welfare states, such as Sweden, and low- and middle-income countries including Costa Rica, Cuba, and Sri Lanka. The chapter then revisits healthy public policy from the angles of social medicine, health promotion, healthy cities, and emerging alternative paradigms of societal health and well-being, highlighting efforts in a range of municipalities, regions, countries, and transnationally and globally. In focusing on societal change through a critical political economy lens, these experiences provide a counterbalance to mainstream efforts in global health.

Keywords:   vertical health programs, healthy societies, targeted approaches, welfare states, Latin American social medicine, health promotion, healthy cities, Buen Vivir, degrowth, Barrio Adentro

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