Selected determinants of the local associations' health promotion activity
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The interest in the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in health promotion results from the fact that health promotion, being the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health, emphasizes the need of strengthening the social participation in health activities. The involvement of the society is a key to success in health promotion. Because NGOs represent opinions and interests of various groups of citizens and play an important role in the stimulation of social activity as well as in the building of social ties they become an important resource for health promotion. Especially it applies to small organizations serving local communities. As the experiences of many countries indicate, they are significant participants of the implementation of health promotion programs. The article presents findings from the study 'Local associations in health promotion'. The research was carried out by means of mail questionnaire. It covered 1333 local associations, which operate in the community development area - those directly and those indirectly oriented towards health problems. The results of the study show that the main factors which determine the NGOs' activity in health promotion are: their contacts with other organizations engaged in health improving activity, contacts with community health care units, the use of publications addressed to NGOs as a source of information, the volunteers' involvement in organization's activities and the presence of nurses amongst association's members.
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