HPF welcomes primary health organisation’s adoption of HP practice
Mt Wellington (Auckland) based PHO Alliance Health Plus Trust (AH+) announced in July the establishment of the Alliance Community Initiatives Trust (ACIT). This is a standalone charitable trust aiming to address the social determinants of health ‘one social determinant of wellbeing at a time for one person at a time in one NZ community at a time.’ It will focus initially on Mangere in South Auckland. “Complex health and well-being problems require common denominator solutions that cut across multiple domains including social, economic, cultural and environmental,” says AH+ Chairman, Mr Uluomatootua (Ulu) Aiono. “At both AH+ and ACIT we know gains are temporary unless we identify the common denominator and eliminate the root cause through critical thinking based grass roots interventions in the demand side. A critical prerequisite for this is collaboration amongst frontline service providers.” ACIT aims to collect data to “identify common denominators and pin down the root cause.” Commenting on the new initiative, HPF Deputy Executive Director Trevor Simpson said “It’s great to see primary health care organisations are looking into the determinants space, health equity and looking at bottom up, top down interventions. This is a health promotion approach.” Trevor pointed out the existing data available to ACIT – and any other organisation working on addressing the social determinants of health. This includes, for example, the deprivation index, disease distribution studies, reports from groups such as Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the Health Education Health Promotion Policy Research Unit (HePPRU – Otago University) “I’m sure ACIT is aware that the frameworks for implementing this project are already in place in the form of the Ottawa Charter and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” The strands of the Ottawa Charter provide for the ACIT’s work:
- Building healthy public policy,
- Strengthening community action,
- Creating supportive environments,
- Developing personal skills and
- Reorienting health services.