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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Dec 11;14(12). pii: E1550. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14121550.

Effective Partnership in Community-Based Health Promotion: Lessons from the Health Literacy Partnership.

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School of Psychology, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Public Health, Staffordshire ST4 1HH, UK.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Public Health, Staffordshire ST4 1HH, UK.
Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), Staffordshire University, Staffordshire ST4 2DF, UK.
Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK.


This paper aims to explore key elements needed to successfully develop healthy partnerships and collaborative working in community-based health promotion. It draws upon the lessons learned from a case study with the Health Literacy Partnership in Stoke-on-Trent, UK in developing the health literacy strategy in the area. The process was underpinned by respect for diverse yet complementary perspectives and skills from the grassroots up. This involved engagement with key stakeholders, development and support for community projects, and sharing of good practice with other national and local organizations. Stakeholders involved in developing the strategy also had a keen interest in health literacy and a strong commitment to promoting health and well-being in the area. Through patience, perseverance, and continuous open communication and learning, the health literacy strategy in Stoke-on-Trent, UK is beginning to have a ripple effect into local practice, and will potentially influence policy in the future.


collaborative working; community-based health promotion; effective partnerships; health literacy

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