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Universidad y Salud

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PICADO-HERRERA, Lidia Isabel. Results of the study of perceptions of stakeholders on health, health promotion, social participation, and municipal plans central west, Costa Rica - 2011. Univ. Salud [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.2, pp.150-166. ISSN 0124-7107.

Health represents a fundamental human right and, at the same time, constitutes an indispensable component for life. In addition, it is the result of the interaction of social, economic, environmental, spiritual and political determinants; therefore, it must be addressed from an integral approach in where the individual, collective and cross-sectorial efforts are articulated in order to achieve common purposes from a promotion of health approach. In this sense, the local governments play a leading role because they are the responsible for developing policies, promoting the formulation and implementation of programs and projects on an agreed way. Therefore, the Regional Directorate of Health Rectory of the Central West of the Health Ministry conducted a baseline study in 2011 to provide answers to the following questions: What are the perceptions of health, health promotion and social participation that municipal stakeholders have and what are the main health actions integrated in their strategic mayor plans of the municipalities that constitute the Central West Region in Costa Rica? It was a descriptive and exploratory study with qualitative approach which enabled the approach to stakeholders to obtain the mentioned data and documentary sources of the municipalities in the Central West Region. In this context, this article collects theoretical-methodological referents, the main findings, conclusions and some general recommendations derived from the study. The obtained results definitely represent a valuable input to redefine negotiation and advocacy strategies as well as directing processes that encourage the positioning of the approach in the work of the local governments and therefore, promote the construction of a new culture of health from a positive, proactive and innovative logic.

Keywords : Perception; health; health promotion; healthy city; health systems plans.

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