Primary Prevention in Public and Environmental Health (P3EH)

Public health personnel collaborate with a range of organisations to support health through prevention. 

Where organisations do not have health as their core focus, public health personnel need to be invited to contribute, and their advice needs to be trusted to make an impact. Understanding the knowledge and perspective people in non-health organisations is fundamental to ensuring public health personnel engage in a way that enhances the credibility, saliency and legitimacy of their advice. 

P3EH is an ongoing focus in ESR’s close working relationship with MoH. This research was undertaken by the social system team as part of ESR supporting public health professionals in their work. Achieving good outcomes for public and environmental health relies upon coordinated activities across wider organisational networks including other government agencies, local councils, Iwi, hapu and community groups. The development of frameworks to better understand and support good engagement continues to be a core research area for the social systems team.  

Three case studies explored how public health personal have sought to influence decisions of non-health organisations through expert advice. Combining insights from case studies with theory, several principles for engaging with non-health agencies were identified.

REPORT: 2018 A Place to Stand Primary Prevention Practice in Public Health [PDF, 1002 KB]

Read details of study findings and insights for collaboration.

Background reports

The two reports below provide details on case studies of public health practice and background literature