Best Practices in Health Promotion
Best practices in health promotion are “those sets of processes and activities that are consistent with health promotion values/goals/ethics, theories/beliefs, evidence, and understanding of the environment, and that are most likely to achieve health promotion goals in a given situation” (Kahan and Goodstadt, 2001).
In 1996, Michael Goodstadt and Barbara Kahan, working in collaboration with the Centre's Best Practices Work Group, took the lead in exploring the potential benefits and risks associated with taking a best practices approach to health promotion. The Best Practices Work Group was created as the result of an International Symposium on the Effectiveness of Health Promotion organized by the Centre for Health Promotion in June of 1996. From 1996 until March 2002, the Best Practices initiative received funding from Health Canada (with additional funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health in 2001-2002).
Since March 2002, Michael and Barbara have continued to work on the Best Practices initiative and the Interactive Domain Model of Best Practices — this work is self-funded. To learn about the Best Practices initiative, go to www.bestpractices-healthpromotion.com/. Companion website www.idmbestpractices.ca also includes extensive information on the Best Practices initiative; this website focuses on meeting the needs of those actively involved in the Interactive Domain Model and other best practice initiatives in Canada and worldwide.
Michael teaches a course on health promotion strategies with the University of Toronto's MHSc in Health Promotion. For information on this course, go to www.bestpractices-healthpromotion.com/strategies/. For his recommended course readings and other resources, visit www.bestpractices-healthpromotion.com/coursereadings/.
Recent events include a workshop entitled Best Practices at Home and
Abroad, organized by Barbara Kahan and Nora Sellers
of the Centre for Health Promotion and held on September
20, 2004 at Victoria University in Toronto.
For a copy of the final report on this event, click here.
IDM Manual: IDM Manual for using
the Interactive Domain Model approach to best practices
in health promotion. Kahan, B., & Goodstadt,
M. (March, 2002, 3rd edition May 2005). Toronto:
Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto.
If you are downloading the file as a PDF please note that you will need Acrobat Reader 5.0 in order to rotate the pages to read them on-screen.
Last Updated: 24-Nov-2008