Chapter 1 – Introduction to Health Assessment

Relational Health Promotion

A relational health promotion approach emphasizes social change at the relational level, meaning the relationships between people, places, environments, spaces, beliefs, meanings, and events. For example, relational health promotion strategies could include pesticide restrictions, family-centred interventions, and bike rallies for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Here, health promotion emerges in the relations between social beings and their surrounding environments. This approach is broader than a behavioural approach because it extends beyond the individual.


An RN is working in occupational health at a large automotive distribution plant and implements an initiative to install HEPA filters in spaces with many employees to reduce the transmission of disease and enhance air quality. This is considered a relational approach because it focuses on the interrelationship between individuals and their environment.

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