The place or social context in which people engage in daily activities in which environmental, organizational, and personal factors interact to affect health and wellbeing1.

Settings-based approaches to health promotion involve a holistic and multi-disciplinary method that integrates actions across risk factors. The goal is to maximize disease prevention via a "whole system" approach.

The settings approach has roots in the WHO Health for All strategy and, more specifically, the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. The key principles of Health Settings include community participation, partnership, empowerment, and equity.

1WHO (1998). Health promotion glossary. Geneva, located December 10, 2018 on


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