Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Book Review: Health Promotion: Ideology, Discipline, and Specialism

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Book Review: Health Promotion: Ideology, Discipline, and Specialism

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John Kemm has written a concise text which gives a broad overview of key concepts in public health promotion. This book would be a useful reader for entry-level public health specialists and practitioners and those with an interest in public health within other disciplines.

The text is presented in short, accessible chapters with figures and tables which illustrate theories and data, and boxes with case studies and examples of practice. References are included in each chapter. I was disappointed to see that Dahlgren and Whitehead weren't referenced in the chapter on wider determinants of health.

The theoretical perspective is relevant and contemporary, but while acknowledging the transition of public health to local government as part of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act (2012), in some chapters, Kemm describes the role of health promotion as practised in times past. The term Health Promotion is rarely used by specialists in public health working in Public Health England, National Health Service (NHS) England or Local Government, and those of us commissioning public health programmes and services would only use this term in the context of a service specification, for example, children's public health or sexual health services. …

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