What are Integrated Municipal Strategies for Health Promotion?

Integrated municipal strategies (IMS) for health promotion are intended to enable people to live a healthy life, from birth into the later years. The so-called “prevention chains” (the most common name for IMS) in Berlin and in Braunschweig are examples for such IMS. These involve a coordinated “chain” of structures and services for the population.

“Prevention chains” aim to improve the health of all, regardless of their social status. To make this happen, municipal stakeholders from different sectors (e.g. health, education, social welfare, urban development) come together with persons from different target groups (e.g. children, families, seniors), thus creating a basis for a truly integrated municipal strategy for health promotion.

Little is known about the factors which support and hinder IMS. PartKommPlus is seeking to close this gap by investigating how IMS can be implemented successfully and sustainably.

Various levels of government (municipal, state, federal) geographical areas (e.g. neighborhood, urban district, region), financing mechanisms, and health parameters are being examined.

Further information on IMS is available on the website of the Cooperation Network "Equity In Health" (in German): https://www.gesundheitliche-chancengleichheit.de/integrierte-kommunale-strategien/,  with a summary of the structure and goals of the Network in English at https://www.gesundheitliche-chancengleichheit.de/english/