The Terms of Reference for  this Interest Group are ask follows:  


Support the development of the whole system settings approach, acknowledging its potential to contribute to the promotion of health, wellbeing, education and sustainable development, and to the pursuit of equity within and between countries, in the context of globalization and other 21st century forces.

  1. Facilitate the development of, and communicate, healthy settings theory, policy and practice at international and national levels.

  2. Build bridges and enable shared learning between settings-specific programs, networks and collaborating centers, and with relevant professions and sectors, at international and national levels.

  3. Ensure that further development of the settings approach does not exacerbate inequities in health that may arise from a strong focus on traditional settings such as schools and workplaces, in which certain groups may be systematically under-represented/excluded (e.g. excluded young people, homeless, unemployed).

  4. Ensure that the settings approach develops in ways that ensure relevance within the context of  globalization and other 21st century forces.

  5. Strengthen the knowledge and  evidence bases for healthy settings by promoting a culture of evaluation, learning and development.

Component  Tasks
  1. Strengthen the position of healthy settings within national, regional and international policy and action – through establishing and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with WHO, other UN agencies and relevant international and national bodies.

  2. Develop as a facilitating hub and broker for healthy settings networks and collaborating centers – building capacity, capability and connectedness.

  3. Build capacity amongst, and encourage collaboration and exchange with, professions and sectors outside of ‘health’ that play a key role in healthy settings development and in shaping how settings promote health and sustainability (e.g. planners, architects, environmental groups, consumer protection).

  4. Facilitate ongoing dialogue, debate and networking through inputting to and influencing the planning and delivery of interim conferences and other events.

  5. Contribute to the generation, exchange and ongoing development of knowledge, learning and evidence through research and evaluation.

  6. Support and facilitate capacity-building, networking, dialogue, debate and knowledge exchange and interaction in the field of healthy settings through the development of web-based technologies.

  7. Encourage and facilitate the development of health promotion in new and emerging settings.

  8. Advocate for an explicit equity lens to address mechanisms and practices of exclusion within and between settings, and to bring attention to non-traditional settings (especially those in which marginalized groups are to be found).

  9. Prioritize access and inclusion through operationalizing these activities in at least the three IUHPE  languages.