Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Intersectoral Actions: Five Public Policy Cases from Mexico
Debates,Policy and Practice Case Studies
Social Determinants of Health Discussion Paper, No. 6
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241505314 ISBN-10    9241505311
Order Number    19300278
Price    CHF    20.00 / US$    24.00 Developing countries:    CHF    14.00
English     2013        32   pages
Summary
This document presents the main findings of a research project requested by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the WHO and the Ministry of Health of Mexico aimed at analysing certain policy processes of intersectoral approaches in order to identify evidence sustaining the effectiveness of using a SDH approach to design public policies.

First, key programmes and policies identified were analysed. Preferentially, programmes and policies that explicitly defined intersectoral actions to fulfill their goals were selected. Second, a literature review was conducted based on the following main subjects: papers analysing an intersectoral approach, public policy analysis, economics of public policy, and the grey policy literature. Its main purpose was to design an analytical framework to assess how intersectoral public policies addressing SDH are designed.

Addressing social determinants of health through intersectoral actions: Five public policy cases from Mexico Third, semi-structured interviews were conducted to perform a qualitative analysis of the design and implementation process of the public policies selected, as well as their results. Five categories were used to analyse this information: 1) knowledge of the social determinants of health; 2) intersectoral governance; 3) leadership of the health sector; 4) evidence for decision-making; and 5) economic arguments for intersectoral public policy design and implementation.