Culture matters: using a cultural contexts of health approach to enhance policy-making (2017)




2017, xiii + 37 pages
ISBN 978 92 890 5233 7
This publication is only available online.

This policy brief has been developed in response to the increasing awareness among policy-makers and the public health community of the important relationship between culture and health. Incorporating cultural awareness into policy-making is critical to the development of adaptive, equitable and sustainable health care systems, and to making general improvements in many areas of population health and well-being.

By exploring the three key public health areas of nutrition, migration and environment, the policy brief demonstrates how cultural awareness is central to understanding health and well-being and to developing more effective and equitable health policies. Consequently, it argues that public health policy-making has much to gain from applying research from the health-related humanities and social sciences.