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Publication WHO Good Practice Brief RIVM Centre for Healthy Living

Publication date: 29 March 2018
Modificationdate: 09 April 2018

The Good Practice Brief  'Centre for Healthy Living in the Netherlands: Building sustainable capacity and alliances for effective health promotion' has been published on the World Health Organization website. The RIVM Centre for Healthy Living serves as the national hub for integrated expertise on health promotion in The Netherlands. It is an example of how a national government has taken up its stewardship role for health promotion, shaped by both local government responsibilities and a variety of theme-specific health promotion institutes operating nationally.

Key activities of the centre are a systematic procedure to assess the quality of interventions, a web portal complemented by specific websites and tailored face-to-face support, training and coaching. Based in RIVM , the Centre works with a wide range of partners within and outside the health sector. It gathers, enriches and disseminates knowledge, which is then “translated” into practical tools that can be applied at grassroots level.

Advancing intersectoral health promotion

An evaluation has demonstrated the Centre’s success in fostering coherent health promotion in The Netherlands. Its systematic approach to assessing the quality of interventions is instrumental in advancing intersectoral health promotion policy and practice across the country. Each month, an average of 14 000 individuals access it on the Gezondleven.nl web portal, and 5000 individuals access the intervention database.

Health for all

The policy brief was written by RIVM on request of the WHO. The context for the policy brief is a high-level regional WHO meeting: Health Systems Respond to NCDs : experience in the European Region, 16 - 18 April 2018 in Sitges, Spain and the implementation of subgoal NCDs of  UN Sustainable Development Goal 3RIVM Centre for Healthy Living is presented as a good example worldwide for building sustainable capacity and alliances for effective health promotion. 

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