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Global Health

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"Healthy People in a Healthy World through Prevention"

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Global Health Promotion Goal Areas

  • Public health surveillance and response
  • Public health infrastructure and capacity building
  • Disease and injury prevention and control
  • Applied research for effective health policies
  • Exchange information and lessons learned

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Global Health Promotion Objectives


  1. Develop chronic disease surveillance and epidemiology capacity on a regional basis.
  2. Disseminate information of experiences in epidemiology and evaluation throughout the region.
  3. Provide technical assistance at the regional, national, and local levels and encourage developing the most promising systems and successful case studies for regional use.


  1. Summarize the effectiveness of health promotion interventions at the global and regional levels.
  2. Support resource investment in evaluation and dissemination experiences.
  3. Develop and disseminate a variety of methodologies for evaluating and demonstrating effective health promotion efforts.

Health Promotion/ Capacity Building

  1. Build partnerships at the multinational, regional, national, and local levels to promote health promotion practices of  and understand its principles.
  2. Strengthen the capacity of internal and external partners to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs and other initiatives.

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Global Health Promotion Activities


  • Implemented a series of chronic disease surveillance and epidemiology courses for Latin American Health Professionals throughout the region.
  • Designed and implemented a binational health survey on behavioral risk factors among residents of the U.S. Mexico Border region.
  • Supported a series of four international monitoring conferences in the United States, Finland, Australia, and Uruguay
  • Supported the Brownsville-Matamorros Sister Cities Project, a pilot system for collecting binational risk factor data on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border.
  • Help developed the Americas Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET), a Latin American regional network of professionals interested in developing chronic disease surveillance in their countries.


  • In collaboration with Centro para el Desarrollo y Evaluación de Políticas y Tecnología en Salud Pública (CEDETES), supported the development and pilot testing of a rapid evaluation methodology for the Americas.
  • In collaboration with several partners in the Americas, supported the development of a methodology for the economic evaluation of health promotion interventions.
  • Collaborated with The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and many partners throughout the Americas to develop and disseminate a toolkit for participatory evaluation in health promotion.
  • Examins the association between the built environment and health in Bogotá, Columbia.
  • Develops case studies that can provide guidance for urbanizing populations in developed and developing countries.
  • Develops case studies and intervention evaluations that seek to address the social determinants of health.
  • Supported the Global Program on Health Promotion Effectiveness (GPHPE)*, a global and regional network devoted to summarizing health promotion effectiveness, as a part of the GPHPE,* supported initiatives in Latin America and Africa to summarize health promotion effectiveness.

Health Promotion/ Capacity Building

  • Partners with CDC's eight divisions, to develop a strategic plan in the African region to address noncommunicable disease prevention and health promotion.
  • Supports external partners in developing training courses to address chronic disease and health promotion.
  • Supports the Global Consortium for Effective Community Health Promotion that focuses on effective community health promotion strategies.

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Cooperative Agreements

CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) has projects in global tobacco control, physical activity and health promotion, the Global School-Based Student Health Survey, and Diabetes Prevention and Control.

The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and CDC supports a cooperative agreement with the International Union for Health Promotion and Education that conducts activities in global health promotion and education, mental health, cardiovascular health, physical activity, school health promotion, community health, school health, and tobacco prevention and control. Activities range from collaborating with international networks representing broad regions of the globe, to work with individual regions on disease-specific scientific studies and conferences and trainings.

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Other Links

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Recent Publications

Health Promotion Evaluation Practice in the Americas: Values and Research, Editors: Louise Potvin and David McQueen with: Mary Hall, Ligia de Salazar, Laurie Anderson and Zulmira Hartz, New York: Springer Publishing, Forthcoming, Summer, 2008.

B C K Choi, D V McQueen, P Puska, et al “Enhancing global capacity in the surveillance, prevention, and control of chronic diseases: seven themes to consider and build upon.” Forthcoming JECH, 2008.

McQueen, D V., Kickbusch, I, Potvin, L, Pelikan, J, Balbo, L. Abel, T. Health and Modernity: The Role of Theory in Health Promotion, New York: Springer Publishing, 2007.

McQueen, David V., & Jones, Catherine M., eds. Global Perspectives on Health Promotion Effectiveness.  New York: Springer Science & Business Media.  Author and/or co-author of Chapters 1, 2, 13. Sole author Chapter 17, “Evidence and Theory”, 2007.

Choi B CK, Corber SJ, McQueen DV, et al. Enhancing regional capacity in chronic disease surveillance in the Americas. Rev Panam Salud Publica/Pan Am J Public Health; 2005: 17(2).

Lightsey D, McQueen D, and Anderson L. Health promotion in the USA: building a science-based health promotion policy. Chapter 19 in Scriven A and Garman S, (Eds), Promoting Health: Global Perspectives. 2005, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

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* Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

Page last reviewed: March 26, 2008
Page last modified: March 26, 2008
Content source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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