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What is health promotion?
“When prevention works, nothing happens.”
Health promotion is focused on broad, community-level interventions that help shape the environmental contexts in which people live, learn, love, and work. Health promotion includes policy change, advocacy, adjusting built environments, and coalition building. Much of the work of health promotion happens “behind the scenes” and involves collecting and analyzing data, setting priorities for interventions, assessing and evaluating the progress of programs and services, meeting with key stakeholders and decision-makers, advocating for policies or structural changes that will help improve the health of the population, and implementing health-enhancing initiatives.
Some of the specific health promotion work that Alice! does includes: conducting assessments of student health attitudes and behaviors; analyzing data to determine where our resources can best be utilized to prevent illness and improve student health and learning; meeting with groups of students and the faculty and staff that work with them to determine how to address the health issues most affecting their academic performance; and advocating for policy and programmatic changes that enhance the health of the campus environment.