3 Models of
Health Promotion Foundations

3 Models of Health Promotion Foundations

Discover the Power of Health Promotion Foundations !

We are excited to share an insightful infographic that explores the diverse models of Health Promotion Foundations (HPFs) across the globe. Each model is uniquely designed to address the health needs of their communities, showcasing innovative approaches to public health.

Why is this important ?

Health promotion is a cornerstone of public health, and understanding these models helps us appreciate the strategic efforts behind improving population health. Our infographic highlights three primary models:

1) Autonomous Agency

Flexible and Independent management

These agencies operate with freedom from bureaucratic constraints, enabling swift and transparent health interventions.


  • Independent operations aligned with government health priorities.
  • Long-term health promotion and tobacco control programs
  • Advocate for health policies
  • Transparent and free from bureaucracy
  • Support from all political parties
  • Mobilize public support
  • Multi-sectoral collaboration
  • Quick response to research and needs


  • Extremely difficult to set up a health promotion foundation with a dedicated, sustainable source of funding guide by legislation.
  • Operates under government structure.

Global Examples

  • VicHealth, Australia : Treasury budget
  • Healthway, Australia : Treasury budget
  • TongaHealth, Tonga : Treasury budget and private donor
  • ThaiHealth, Thailand : Surcharge excise tax from alcohol and tobacco
  • AustrianHealth, Austria : Value Added Tax

2) Semi-autonomous Agency

Balanced Approach:

Combining government oversight with independent planning, these agencies ensure focused and effective health promotion.

Budget set by Ministry of Health; independent board control plans and implementation.


  • Government set annual budget and priority areas
  • Independent board develops and implements action plans
  • Attractive to governments cautious about large funding commitments


  • Operates under government structure.

Global Examples

  • SwissHealth, Switzerland : Health insurance
  • Mongolian Health Promotion Foundation, Mongolia : Excise tax on tobacco and alcohol

3) Unit within Government Structure

Direct influence

Embedded within governmental frameworks, these units leverage direct access to policymakers and departmental resources.


  • Direct access to Minister for policy influence
  • Avoids funding duplication
  • Access to department resources and expertise


  • Operates under government structure.

Global Examples

  • HPB, Health Promotion Board, Singapore :
    Treasury budget
  • HPA, Taiwan Health Promotion Administration, Taiwan :
    Tobacco tax
  • KHEPI, Korea Health Promotion Institute, Korea :
    Treasury budget and donations
  • Vietnam : Contribution from tobacco business
  • Lao PDR : Contribution from tobacco business

Learn from each other

  • The unique characteristics and advantages of each model.
  • Real-world examples of successful HPFs from various countries.

Understanding these models not only broadens our perspective on global health strategies but also inspires us to advocate for more effective health promotion initiatives in our own regions.

✨ Dive into the infographic above to explore these innovative models and discover how different countries are pioneering health promotion ! ✨

Let’s learn from each other and continue to promote health and well-being worldwide !

For more information

please visit Putting thoughts into action to learn how to get started with setting up a health promotion fund in your country.

or contact our secretariat.