For getting to know students, parents, teachers and health workers views about their paths through the implementation of the HPS’s concept, in a Portuguese school, a few objectives were set: to identify facilitators and difficulties felt by the participants in the HPS implementation and the role apportioned to each person in this process. We choose a qualitative approach by using focus groups and content analysis to explore the gathered data. Thinking about effective and sustained health promotion in a school, participants said a school’s health promotion project has to be developed by school members and partners, with the support of the school board. They also said it is easy to get students involved, to provide access to information and to get community partners. However, lack of cooperation and commitment, parental involvement, deficient communication, proper definition of each other’s roles, obstacles raised by school boards and lack of training on teachers’ abilities were identified as the main difficulties. On people who should be involved, the participants defined their role clearly and often said that “a nurse in school is needed”, something that is far from Portuguese schools reality. Effective communication channels, a transdisciplinar approach and the involvement of all members of the school community are said to be crucial in making the project happen and work. This study also suggests that there is still a gap in Portugal concerning the experience sharing, something that turns the implementation of HPS even harder.
Learning Objectives: Recognize the importance of knowing what health promotion means to participants of a school’s health promotion project. Analyse facilitators and difficulties felt by participants in a local process of carrying out a school’s health promotion project. Discuss the role apportioned to each person in a local process of carrying out a school’s health promotion project.
Sub-Theme: Training multidisciplinary health workers
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