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Revista de Salud Pública

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AGUDELO CALDERON, Carlos A. et al. Multidimensional analysis of environmental health capabilities in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2016, vol.18, n.6, pp.871-879. ISSN 0124-0064.


To approach the multidimensional analysis of functional capacities in environmental health in the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, based on the UNDP model of interactions between central problems and functional capabilities.


Individual institutional results obtained through surveys and information from secondary sources, CAR (Autonomous Regional Corporations) and environmental authorities on policies, strategies, action plans, regional environmental management plans, regulations, activities, and accountabilities related to environmental health during the period 2012-2015 were used as sources of information.


The consolidation of results per corporation about core issues and functional capabilities, in terms of the level of response, shows a significant heterogeneity.


Public leadership and social empowerment constitute a virtuous circle that allows strengthening capacities in projects of high social interest. Moreover, other capacities such as achieving commitments and institutional and technical capacities (policy design, implementation, evaluation, etc.) can be strengthened as well. Three alternatives for environmental health capabilities implementation have been proposed.

Keywords : Environmental health; leadership; capacity building; community development; (source: MeSH, NLM)..

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