Lokaal integraal gezondheidsbeleid: realistische uitdaging of utopie? : Een onderzoek binnen gemeenten naar mogelijkheden tot intersectorale samenwerking

W.H.L. Steenbakkers

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The importance of an integral health policy, also called ‘Health in All Policies’, is (inter)nationally emphasized. Intersectoral cooperation is a prerequisite to achieve integral policy. However, locally few initiatives are taken to intersectoral cooperation. This dissertation examines the possibilities of working internally within a municipal organisation on a coherent health policy, in general and more specifically for overweight. Important elements are: how do you place health properly on the agenda of the local authorities, especially of officials who are not responsible for health issues? Can a Community Health Service stimulate municipalities to create a broader view on health? The research shows that for stimulating intersectoral cooperation concerning health problems commitment and dedication are required on all hierarchic levels in a municipality. Integral policy development needs administrative attention from the entire City Council, decisive direction at management level from the municipality, room in the policy process and competent Community Health Service professionals.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • de Vries, Nanne, Supervisor
  • Maarse, Johannes, Supervisor
  • Jansen, Maria, Co-Supervisor
Award date27 Sep 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978-90-815704-0-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • health in all policies
  • integral health policy
  • iintersectoral cooperation

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