Our Healthy Community Conceptual Framework and Intervention Model for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Municipalities

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  • Aadahl, Mette
  • Henrik Vardinghus-Nielsen
  • Paul Bloch
  • Thea Suldrup Jørgensen
  • Charlotta Pisinger
  • Mette Kirstine Tørslev
  • Charlotte Demant Klinker
  • Signe Damsbo Birch
  • Henrik Bøggild
  • Toft, Ulla Marie Nørgaard

This paper introduces the conceptual framework and intervention model of Our Healthy Community (OHC), a new, coordinated, and integrated approach towards health promotion and disease prevention in municipalities. The model is inspired by systems-based approaches and employs a supersetting approach for engaging stakeholders across sectors in the development and implementation of interventions to increase health and well-being among citizens. The conceptual model includes a combination of a bottom-up approach emphasizing involvement of citizens and other community-based stakeholders combined with a top-down approach emphasizing political, legal, administrative, and technical support from a variety of councils and departments in local municipality government. The model operates bidirectionally: (1) by pushing political and administrative processes to promote the establishment of conducive structural environments for making healthy choices, and (2) by involving citizens and professional stakeholders at all levels in co-creating processes of shaping their own community and municipality. An operational intervention model was further developed by the OHC project while working with the OHC in two Danish municipalities. The operational intervention model of OHC comprises three main phases and key actions to be implemented at the levels of local government and community: (1) Local government: Situational analysis, dialogue, and political priorities; (2) Community: Thematic co-creation among professional stakeholders; and (3) Target area: Intervention development and implementation. The OHC model will provide municipalities with new tools to improve the citizens’ health and well-being with available resources. Health promotion and disease prevention interventions are developed, implemented, and anchored in the local community by citizens and local stakeholders at municipal and local community levels using collaboration and partnerships as leverage points.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3901
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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    Research areas

  • co-creation, community, community-based intervention, health in all policies, health promotion, implementation, intersectoral action, partnership, supersetting approach

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