Korea Health Promotion Foundation

Korea Health Promotion Foundation was established in 2011.  The foundation is governed by a president and a board of directors, which consists of 13 members including the president.

It aims to increase public awareness of health promotion, enhance quality of life and thus extend life expectancy, and attain health equity for the people besides developing an effective management system for health promotion programmes and services.

Generally, the budget sources of Korea Health Promotion Foundation are the National Health Promotion Fund and donations. Most of the funding is derived from the Ministry of Health and Welfare budget. Donations contributed by SamSung Life Insurance Incorporation were used to support suicide prevention and cervical cancer prevention programmes. 

The Korea Health Promotion Foundation’s budget is used to support policy development and the implementation of tobacco control programmes, nutrition and oral health programmes. However, this type of funding mechanism provides insufficient and unpredictable financial resources to support health promotion initiatives. This funding limitation is a major challenge for the Foundation. In order to provide sustainability of health promotion programmes, the Korea Health Promotion Foundation would like to be established under National Health Promotion Law. 

The priority areas for funding also include research and policy development of health promotion programmes and evaluation, educational programmes for health promotion, developing new model of health promotion and community health care system, and building knowledge and skills in health promotion among professionals. 

To ensure the effective implementation of its programmes, Korea Health Promotion Foundation built a network and collaborated with various sectors including public and private agencies as well as the international partners.

References

International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF). Legislation for Health Promotion Foundations. Available at: http://www.hpfoundations.net/about-hp-foundations/legislation-for-hpf

International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF). Governance of Health Promotion Foundations. Available at: http://www.hpfoundations.net/about-hp-foundations/governance-of-hpf

Choi J-M. Korea Health Promotion Foundation. Presented at International Seminar on Health Promotion Foundations and 12th Annual Meeting of the INHPF, 25- 27 June 2012, Seoul, South Korea.

So YJ. Korea Health Promotion Foundation. Presented at Presented at International Seminar on Health Promotion Foundations and 12th Annual Meeting of the INHPF, 25- 27 June 2012, Seoul, South Korea.

Related reports

World Health Organization. (2004). The establishment and use of dedicated taxes for health. World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

Vathesatogkit P, Yen Lian T, Ritthipakdee B. (2013). Health Promotion: Sustainable Financing and Governance. Bangkok, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth). 

World Health Organization. (2016). Earmarked tobacco taxes: lessons learnt from nine countries. Geneva, World Health Organization.

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