Service & Policy Architectures

Delivery, Management, Policy Architectures and Worldviews of Health-promoting and Health-enabling environment strategies

The design of health promoting and health enabling environments strategies also needs to consider whether the delivery and management of those strategies is congruent with health-promoting and capacity building assumptions and worldviews. This has several implications for the service delivery and management design. Not only is the design of the intervention important, but also the HOW a service is delivered and managed. And the process of design itself can be congruent or not, with health promoting assumptions and worldviews.

A few considerations:

  • The positive mental health of service delivery agents – whether staff or professionals, as well as their working environments;
  • Planning processes that are a combination of ‘bottom up’ and ‘top down’, and delivery management systems based on distributed networks rather than multi-level hierarchies;
  • The social innovation process described in the Complex Collaboration Toolkit will also provide some insights for design and planning processes;
  • Attention to the ways that existing policies support or repress the health-promotion assumptions and worldviews will give insight on whether a promising prototype or pilot can be scaled. In some cases, progress will require revisiting policies at the campus, municipal, provincial, First Nation or federal levels.

A detailed coverage of Architecture of a student mental health strategy is beyond the scope of this toolkit, so this section is provided as a place-holder. Members of the HCA Community of Practice will upload relevant tools and resources over time.