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Revista de Salud Pública

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DUARTE-CUERVO, Clara Y. The understanding and implementation of health promotion at higher education institutions in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.6, pp.899-911. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v17n6.44713.

Objective To characterize the implementation and understanding of health promotion at higher education institutions in Colombia. Methods A qualitative study with an ethnographic approach was carried out at eleven institutions selected in five cities. It was conducted through research tools such as an exploratory survey, interviews, direct observation and review of documents. The information was analyzed considering conceptualizations about health promotion, health settings, and health-promoting universities. Results These institutions have implemented policies and programs and have undertaken actions like education, reorientation of health services, participation and intervention on the environment, as well as research and activities with family and community outreach. Conclusion At these institutions, different scopes related to the development of health promotion were found, i.e. there was a preventive approach along with an inter-sectorial outlook with broad extent. Some of the main challenges for institutions are the training of professionals as agents of change, and fostering health promotion as a process of organizational change.

Keywords : Health promotion; universities; student health services.

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