Journal Article

City health development planning

Geoff Green, John Acres, Charles Price and Agis Tsouros

in Health Promotion International

Volume 24, issue suppl_1, pages i72-i80
Published in print November 2009 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online November 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI:
City health development planning

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The objective of this evaluation was to review the evolution and process of city health development planning (CHDP) in municipalities participating in the Healthy Cities Network organized by the European Region of the World Health Organization. The concept of CHDP combines elements from three theoretical domains: (a) health development, (b) city governance and (c) urban planning. The setting was the 56 cities which participated in Phase III (1998–2002) of the Network. Evidence was gathered from documents either held in WHO archives or made available from Network cities and from interviews with city representatives. CHDPs were the centrepiece of Phase III, evolving from city health plans developed in Phase II. They are strategic documents giving direction to municipalities and partner agencies. Analysis revealed three types of CHDP, reflecting the realpolitik of each city. For many cities, the process of CHDP was as important as the plan itself.

Keywords: Healthy Cities; urban governance; development planning

Journal Article.  5457 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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