At the Federal University of Goiás in Goiânia, Brazil, Jacqueline Lima sought a framework that would help Master’s nursing students evaluate health promotion.
Students have been studying the Circle of Health (using copies that have been translated into Portuguese) and evaluating health promotion in the family health program in which they have clinical practice. Jacqueline is pleased with the results. The Circle of Health has helped the students understand how the Ottawa Charter can be useful to plan and evaluate health promotion.
In addition, her students planned and evaluated sessions at Escola Municipal Ernestina Lina Marra, a secondary public school in Goiânia. In the face of rising rates of youth suicide in Brazil, students built a large moveable Circle of Health to promote life and emotional health, and adapted it to address problems identified in the classroom. Now, the Circle of Health is on view at the school and can be manipulated by other students to plan ways to face problems such as depression, racism, homophobia and bullying. Jacqueline is excited about the potential of the Circle of Health.