This book has shown that partnership has become a key instrument of public health and well-being. Public health is in essence a collective enterprise that requires the cooperation and collaboration of public and private sector bodies, the voluntary sector and citizens. Efforts to promote and protect public health and increase individual and social well-being will ultimately fall short if they do not foster strong mutual and reciprocal relationships. This principle is reflected in modern public health perspectives, which place great emphasis on multisectoral action and engagement with civil society (including voluntary and private sector bodies), and on the need to ensure that health and well-being are appropriately reflected in all areas of public policy.
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