Table 1

The national program to promote active healthy lifestyle, according to the World health organization’s analytical framework for intersectoral governance[7]
Governance actions Example from Israel’s National Program to Promote Active, Healthy Lifestyle
Evidence support Setting goals & targets Coordination Advocacy Monitoring & evaluation Policy guidance Financial support Providing legal mandate Implementation & management
Intersectoral governance structures Ministerial linkages The National Program, from leadership, to planning, financing, implementation and evaluation is a joint effort of the Ministries of Health, Education and Culture & Sport. The National Program’s staff is comprised of representatives from each ministry
Cabinet committees and secretaries The Government’s Economic and Social Affairs Cabinet adopted the National Program, incorporating the program’s policy guidelines, budget commitments and cross-ministerial coordination into the government’s social and economic agenda
Public health ministers Israel does not have a Public Health Minister
Parliamentary Committees Proposed legislation will be brought before committees and the subject of obesity has been in committees of child protection and in the health and welfare committee.
Interdepartmental committees and units There is an especially high level of collaboration in the Health Ministry’s Public Health Services, between departments such as Health Promotion, Nutrition and Workplace Health
Mega-ministries and mergers Israel has not combined ministries
Joint budgeting Two main examples: In municipalities, the Ministries of Health and Culture & Sport operate from a shared budget to which both have contributed. The Ministries of Health and Education do so, as well, to promote health-promoting schools. In both of these areas, collaboration is particularly strong on all sides
Delegated financing Delegated Funding defines the municipalities program. The National Program’s ministries help create local health promotion infrastructure and require specific process measures, but each municipality designs its own program and allocates funding as it sees fit. Several of the NGO programs involve delegated funding, as well.
Public engagement The social marketing program is rooted in public engagement
Stakeholder engagement Legislation like calorie-labeling at restaurants and banning advertisements of unhealthy foods during children’s television is conducted in collaboration with stakeholders like the restaurateurs’ union and television networks
Industry engagement The salt program is dependent upon industry engagement, and is built off of a successful program from the UK

Kranzler et al.

Kranzler et al. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2013 2:16   doi:10.1186/2045-4015-2-16

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