Intersectoral action for health at local government level

Local governments can play a pivotal role in intersectoral action for health (ISA) as they often have direct influence over a wide range of urban health determinants in areas such as transportation, education and urban planning. Local governments are also well positioned to influence, enact and enforce health promotion and protective legislation. Smaller cities have a possibility to facilitate ISA given their advantages in terms of proximity to citizens and potential participation, whereas megacities might experience very different challenges and opportunities in implementation of ISA.

More evidence and practical guidance is still required in order to ensure that ISA can be effectively and sustainably carried out in cities. WKC has an ongoing project that studies ISA at local government level.

WKC case studies

Liverpool Active City

  • Poster
    pdf, 387kb

    Presented at the International Conference on Urban Health, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1-5 November 2011
  • Presentation
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    Presented at the World Urban Forum, Naples, Italy, 1-7 September 2012

Intersectoral health policy in Varde, Denmark

  • Poster
    pdf, 518kb

    Presented at the International Conference on Urban Health, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1-5 November 2011
  • Presentation
    pdf, 518kb

    Presented at the World Urban Forum, Naples, Italy, 1-7 September 2012

Intersectoral responses to child obesity in New York and London


  • Presentation
    pdf, 2.08Mb

    Presented at the 5th Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 24-27 October 2012





Abha Healthy City, tackling NCDs


  • Poster
    pdf, 323kb

    Presented at the 5th Alliance for Healthy Cities Global Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 24-27 October 2012

Click on the following links to access other examples of intersectoral action for health at local government level
(taken from external sources):

In the Americas:

In the Eastern Mediterranean:

In Europe:

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