Baseline assessment of organizational capacity for health promotion within regional health authorities in Alberta, Canada

Anderson, Donna, Raine, Kim D., Plotnikoff, Ronald C., Cook, Kay, Barrett, Linda and Smith, Cynthia 2008, Baseline assessment of organizational capacity for health promotion within regional health authorities in Alberta, Canada, Global health promotion, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 6-14.


Title Baseline assessment of organizational capacity for health promotion within regional health authorities in Alberta, Canada
Author(s) Anderson, Donna
Raine, Kim D.
Plotnikoff, Ronald C.
Cook, Kay
Barrett, Linda
Smith, Cynthia
Journal name Global health promotion
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 6
End page 14
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1757-9759
1756-3976
Keyword(s) organizational capacity
health promotion
health organizations
heart health
Summary This paper provides a baseline profile of organizational capacity for (heart) health promotion in Alberta's regional health authorities (RHAs); and examines differences in perceived organizational health promotion capacity specific to modifiable risk factors across three levels of staff and across capacity levels. Baseline data were collected from a purposive sample of 144 board members, senior/middle managers and service providers from 17 RHAs participating in a five-year time-series repeated survey design assessing RHA capacity for (heart) health promotion. Results indicate low levels of capacity to take health promotion action on the broader determinants of health and risk conditions like poverty and social support. In contrast, capacity for health promotion action specific to physiological and behavioural risk factors is considerably higher. Organizational "will" to do health promotion is noticeably more present than is both infrastructure and leadership. Both position held within an organization as well as overall level of organizational capacity appear to influence perceptions of organizational capacity. Overall, results suggest that organizational "will", while necessary, is inadequate on its own for health promotion implementation to occur, especially in regard to addressing the broader determinants of health. A combination of low infrastructure and limited leadership may help explain a lack of health promotion action.
Notes This volume found under previous title "Promotion & education"
Language eng
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017783

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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