I recently spoke at the 5th Global Forum on Health Promotion, organized by the Alliance for Health Promotion, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and the Global Health Program at the Graduate Institute in Geneva Switzerland.
The Forum was entitled Closing the Gap in Health Equity through Technology and focused on how current and emerging technology foster health promotion for people throughout the world and particularly for people in marginalized and vulnerable populations.
According to the WHO, health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. The primary means of health promotion occurs through developing healthy public policy that addresses the prerequisites of health, such as income, housing, food security, employment and quality working conditions.