Health Promoting Universities in México: the case of University of Sonora

Health Promoting Universities in México: the case of University of Sonora

Valle Hernández, Yanira & Denman Champion, Catalina A.

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Abstract:

In this paper, we present the background and conceptual elements that support the Health Promoting Universities (HPU) initiative, as well as the basic guidelines that have been proposed for their formation. We also analyze the status of the University of Sonora (Unison) as a HPU, as it is in the process of developing an institutional project according to the criteria of this initiative. The Unison has resources for students and workers health care, but its institutional organization does not include Health Promotion among its priorities. When interviewed, teachers from this institution stated that they do not consider that the promotion of workers’ health is a priority for the University. In the PDI 2017-2021 proposal, some elements have been incorporated that may result in an advance for the construction of the institution as a HPU.

Keywords: Health Promotion, Health Promoting Universities, University Teachers, Health Care, Occupational Health, Health Culture, Overweight, Obesity.

Resumen:

En este artículo presentamos los antecedentes y los elementos conceptuales que dan soporte a la iniciativa de las Universidades Promotoras de la Salud (UPS), así como los lineamientos que se han propuesto para su formación. Analizamos, además, el estatus de la Universidad de Sonora (Unison) como UPS, ya que esta se encuentra en proceso de desarrollar un proyecto institucional acorde a los criterios de esta iniciativa. La Unison cuenta con recursos para el cuidado de la salud de estudiantes y trabajadores, pero su organización institucional no incluye a la Promoción de la Salud entre sus prioridades. Al ser entrevistados, docentes de esta institución manifestaron que no consideran que el fomento de la salud de los trabajadores sea una prioridad para la Universidad. En la propuesta de PDI 2017-2021, se han incorporado algunos elementos que puede resultar un avance para la construcción de la institución como UPS.

Palabras clave: Promoción de la salud, Universidades Promotoras de la Salud, profesores universitarios, atención de la salud, salud laboral, cultura de la salud, sobrepeso, obesidad.

Article info:

Received: 3/09/2017 / Received in revised form: 01/06/2018
Accepted: 15/06/2018 / Published online: 01/07/2018
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.16.1

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Valle Hernández, Yanira & Denman Champion, Catalina A.. "Health Promoting Universities in México: the case of University of Sonora", Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 2018, July, n. 16, pp. 9-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.16.1

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Title: "Health Promoting Universities in México: the case of University of Sonora"
Author: Valle Hernández, Yanira & Denman Champion, Catalina A.
University: El Colegio de Sonora
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Pages: "9-30"
Date: 2018, July
URL: http://www.comunitania.com/yanira-valle-hernandez-catalina-denman-champion-health-promoting-universities-in-mexico-the-case-of-university-of-sonora/
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.16.1
Magazine: Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences
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Valle Hernández, Yanira & Denman Champion, Catalina A.. "Health Promoting Universities in México: the case of University of Sonora", Comunitania, International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 2018, July, n. 16, pp. 9-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.5944/comunitania.16.1