Integrated Health Promotion

The InHealth programme focuses on novel strategies to a) improve health, b) promote and sustain behaviour change and c) prevent the onset and progression of disease amongst the population.

The InHealth team works closely with government, community and private sectors to embed ‘health in all policies’ and shape the socio-environmental determinants of health. It aims to contribute to a healthy Singapore, where community norms are shifted and every individual is able to achieve and sustain physical, mental and social well-being.

A Precinct Approach to Health Promotion

InHealth has piloted a Healthy Precinct Framework which aims to coordinate, align and guide non-health agencies towards creating desirable health conditions in their scope of work.

InHealth, in collaboration with the Integrated General Hospital (IGH) team, also staged Design4Impact, a design challenge in partnership with National Council of Social Service, Design Singapore Council and NUS Institute of Systems Science to convene multiple stakeholders co-create solutions to challenges faced by Singaporeans in a protracted pandemic situation. The three winning ideas (selected from a pool of 31) are in the process of being implemented.

MOHT also spearheads the Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) with the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Its goal is to mould the NUS and NTU cohorts of 2025 to be graduates who will live healthily for life, by shaping their attitudes, norms and values. The HCI also aims to foster a deeper integration for universities to co-develop, test and measure the effects of health-promoting initiatives within their campuses.


Empowering communities to improve their health and wellbeing

InHealth’s Digital Engagement Tool (DET) empowers community leaders to gain a deeper ground sensing of their precinct’s health behaviours and socio-environmental determinants. Through community ownership, it encourages community leaders to co-create desirable local neighbourhoods and conditions to promote healthy living behaviours among their residents.

Another effort on mobilising the community to improve their own health and wellbeing is Movements for Health (M4H). M4H aims to catalyse community movements through the cultivation of movement builders and supporting an enabling ecosystem. Through these, we seek to leverage on and strengthen social networks to address the socio-environmental determinants of health.


Promoting emotional wellbeing through digital solutions

InHealth, in collaboration with Data Science and Technology (DST) team,  has developed mindline.sg, a digital platform aimed at improving individual’s mental wellbeing. The web-app allows individuals to self-assess their  state of emotional wellbeing and provides self-care resources based on their needs. Jointly developed with the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and National Council of Social Service (NCSS), mindline.sg provides a safe and convenient platform for individuals to seek help at any place and any time.

A recent development is the introduction of an emotionally-intelligent AI chatbot that allows individuals to share their emotions anonymously and guides them through a series of mental wellness exercises such as deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness. The Health Promotion Board (HPB) is also a key partner for the development of a joint national mental health promotion programme.​

Dr Loke Wai Chiong

Head (Integrated Health Promotion)

Clinical Director (Programmes)

Partners:

  • Building and Construction Authority

  • Centre for Liveable Cities

  • Design Singapore Council

  • Housing Development Board

  • Health Promotion Board

  • Institute of Mental Health

  • Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth

  • Ministry of Social and Family Development

  • National Council of Social Service

  • National University of Singapore

  • National University Health System

  • National Parks Board

  • National Youth Council

  • Nanyang Technological University

  • SingHealth

  • Sport Singapore

  • Urban Redevelopment Authority​

Current Initiatives:

  • ​Creation of solutions that will nudge healthy behaviours

  • Development of methodologies and toolkits to enable scaling of efforts

  • Development of digital tools to support self-assessment and management of mental wellbeing

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