Implementation of population health approaches and the social determinants in Cuba

Nivaldo Linares Pérez
Rev Cubana Salud Pública vol.41 no.1 Ciudad de La Habana ene.-mar. 2015


This paper included some ideas about the integration and implementation of different population health approaches and the social determinants of the health-disease-care process in the current setting of health system changes in Cuba. Several ideas were discussed in order to strengthen the social conceptualization of public health and the prioritization of population health actions over those of individual medical care, as well as to rethink the object and practice in this field as social practice. The paper was intended to put forward new and renewed strategic change proposals based on wider perspectives of public health and on the social medicine thinking, thus favoring the population-based approach and the final inclusion of a wide range of health determinants. The paper also underlined the need of developing or extending the debate on the theory and social practice of epidemiology and public health within the implementation of necessary changes in health services and in medical care. It also stated that it is desirable to carry out a process of technical discussions among all the actors of the health care sector so that better integration and operationalizing of the population health approach and the social determinants of health can be attained.

Keywords: Public Health, Social Medicine, Collective Health, Social Determinants of Health

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