The aim of this project is to develop a new conceptual framework and language describing and embracing prevention and health promotion as two closely related, interdependent areas in the practice of many health visitors. The focus is thereby on challenging and reflecting the main discourse in health areas where prevention and health promotion are often emphasized as two ideologically different perspectives embedded in different educational paradigms.

The project focuses on values and clarification of values in relation to the practice and competence of school health visitors. The results from the first phase of the research project are outlined and their implications for prevention and health promotion are discussed. One conclusion is that health promotion and prevention activities are often based on the same educational principles, and that they cannot be seen to be contradictory, let alone as belonging to two different paradigms.