How does Healthy Families NZ work?
There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that locally driven health promotion, tailored to the community and delivered where people live, learn, work and play, can be successful in addressing the underlying causes of preventable diseases.
The design of Healthy Families NZ is a move away from disconnected, short-term approaches, and a move towards a more collaborative, whole of community, collective approach to prevention.
Healthy Families NZ aims to unleash transformational leadership to make changes to the systems that influence the health and wellbeing of families and communities — systems like workplaces, the education system and community spaces.
A range of locally-based organisations are leading Healthy Families NZ in their specific communities, including: iwi organisations, councils, Pacific primary healthcare organisations, and regional sports trusts. These organisations are responsible for bringing together partnerships of key organisations and local leaders who can influence transformational change in their communities.
A skilled prevention team is being established in each site to bring together partnerships of key organisations and local leaders who can influence transformational change in their communities.
The Healthy Families NZ teams are working with these local leaders and organisations to identify, design and implement changes to help people make healthier choices and live heather lives.
The healthy families nz approach
is based on the following:
By working collaboratively with local organisations and people, Healthy Families NZ aims to build on existing work underway to create a coordinated ‘prevention system’ for good health. Working together, we can reach whole populations and have a bigger, wider impact.
Healthy Families NZ is guided by the
following principles for a system-wide
change for good health
Implementation at scale
Strategies are delivered at a scale that impacts the health and wellbeing of a large number of the population, in the places where they spend their time – in schools, workplaces and communities.
Strengthening the prevention system requires constant reflection, learning and adaption to ensure strategies are timely, relevant and sustainable.
Collaboration for collective impact
Long term commitment is required by multiple partners, from different sectors, at multiple levels, to generate greater collective impact on the health of all New Zealanders.
Knowledge is co-created and interventions co-produced, supported by a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, ongoing communication and a 'backbone' support organisation.
Small scale experiments provide insight into the most effective interventions to address chronic disease. These experiments are underpinned by evidence and experience, and are monitored and designed to then be amplified across the system, if they prove effective.
Equity of outcome
Health equity is the attainment of the highest level of health for all people.
Healthy Families NZ will have an explicit focus on improving Māori health and reducing inequalities for groups at increased risk of chronic diseases. Māori participation at all levels of the planning and implementation of Healthy Families NZ is critical.
Leadership is supported at all levels of the prevention effort including senior managers, elected officials, and health champions in our schools, businesses, workplaces, marae, sporting clubs and other settings in the community.
The line of sight provides a transparent view on how investment in policy is translated into measured impacts in communities, ensuring best value from every dollar spent on prevention.
This ground-breaking model is informed by the experience of the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, Australia.
Because Healthy Families NZ is about local solutions to local needs, the kinds of initiatives in each location will be different.
Read our showcase to see some examples of how Healthy Families NZ is starting to take shape.
The Healthy Families NZ Principles were developed in partnership with the Victorian Government, Australia, as part of the ‘Healthy Together Victoria’ initiative.
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