Health Assets in a Global Context

Theory, Methods, Action

  • Antony Morgan
  • Maggie Davies
  • Erio Ziglio

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXVIII
  2. Conceptualising the Notion of Health Assets

  3. Building an Evidence Base on Assets and Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Mel Bartley, Ingrid Schoon, Richard Mitchell, David Blane
      Pages 101-115
    3. Nora Wille, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer
      Pages 117-143
    4. Virginia Morrow, Berry Mayall
      Pages 145-165
  4. Health Assets in Action

  5. Health Assets and Public Policy

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 353-362

About this book


Health Assets in a Global Context: Theory, Methods, Action Edited by Antony Morgan, Maggie Davies, and Erio Ziglio As global health inequities continue to widen, policymakers are redoubling their efforts to address them. Yet the effectiveness and quality of these programs vary considerably, sometimes resulting in the reverse of expected outcomes. While local political issues or cultural conflicts may play a part in these situations, an important new book points to a universal factor: the prevailing deficit model of assessing health needs, which puts disadvantaged communities on the defensive while ignoring their potential strengths. The asset model proposed in Health Assets in a Global Context offers a necessary complement to the problem-focused framework by assessing multiple levels of health-promoting aspects in populations, and promoting joint solutions between communities and outside agencies. The book provides not only rationales and methodologies (e.g., measuring resilience and similar elusive qualities) but also concrete examples of asset-based initiatives in use across the world on the individual and community levels, including: • Strengthening the assets of disadvantaged women (Germany). • Sustainable community-based development programs (India). • Using parental assets to control child malaria (West Africa). • Asset/evidence-based health promotion in the schools (Romania). • Evaluating asset-based programs (Latin America). • Using social capital to promote health equity (Australia). Health Assets in a Global Context offers a new, positive lens for viewing the world’s most resistant public health crises, making it fundamental reading for researchers and graduate students in public health, especially those involved in health promotion, health disparities, social determinants of health, and global health.


Public Health global health health health promotion quality

Editors and affiliations

  • Antony Morgan
    • 1
  • Maggie Davies
    • 2
  • Erio Ziglio
    • 3
  1. 1.National Institute for Health & ClinicalLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Health Action Partnership InternationalLondonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.WHO Regional Office for EuropeWHO European Office for Investment for HVeniceItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-5920-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-5921-8
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