Analysis of the degree of implementation of Health Academy Program in a Brazilian midsize town

Cad Saude Publica. 2021 Jun 25;37(6):e00075020. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00075020. eCollection 2021.


In 2011, the Brazilian Minister for Health created the Health Academy Program (Programa Academia da Saúde) as a strategy to promote health and healthy lifestyles. However, the official standards do not seem to be clear enough to support the implementation program in the towns. The aim of this study was to analyse the degree of Health Academy Program implementation in a Brazilian midsize town Vitória de Santo Antão, Pernambuco State, in 2018. This is an evaluative study that carry out a normative approach, considering the dimensions of structure and process related to work process. The research is divided into: (1) elaboration of the theoretical model of evaluation, through the validation of the logical model; (2) verification of the level of implementation, through an interview with workers and managers. The cut-off scores for classification of implementation levels were: (1) incipient: > 0 < 33.3%; (2) intermediate: > 33.3 < 66.6%; (3) advanced: > 66.6%. The level of implementation was considered intermediate (37.54%). The score of the structure was higher (54.76%) than the process (26.06%). The low level of Health Academy Program implementation, especially related to the multi-professional articulation and the difficult connection with other sectors or social actors, shows the necessity of reorganization of the actions.

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • Cities
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation