Premier urges innovation in public health promotion

  • Date: 2016-08-04
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

To  promote  the  health  and  well-being  of  all  citizens,  the  government  should  establish  a  resource  integration  platform,  incorporate  health-promotion  concepts  into  public  policies,  and  implement  the  policies  in  an  innovative  and  thorough  manner,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  said  at  a  Cabinet  meeting  today.

Public  health  promotion  is  not  a  task  for  the  government  alone  but  requires  the  support  of  local  communities  and  the  private  sector  as  well,  Lin  said  after  hearing  a  report  by  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare.

The  ministry  said  it  studied  the  World  Health  Organization’s  settings-based  approach  to  health  promotion  and  applied  those  strategies  to  Taiwan’s  situation.  These  include  building  healthy  public  policy,  creating  supportive  environments  for  health,  strengthening  community  action,  developing  personal  skills,  and  reorienting  health  services.  A  healthy  citizenry  is  the  foundation  of  the  nation,  the  ministry  said.

Thanks  to  collaborations  among  government  agencies  and  private  organizations,  health  promotion  programs  have  now  been  implemented  at  4,044  schools,  14,287  work  places,  161  hospitals  and  182  elder  care  institutions,  the  ministry  reported.  In  addition,  22  counties  and  cities  are  promoting  senior-friendly  city  programs  while  259  townships  and  districts  have  set  up  community  centers  dedicated  to  public  health.  The  ministry  hopes  to  continue  expanding  the  programs  to  more  settings  and  invites  other  agencies  and  organizations  to  join  the  movement.