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ARREAZA, Antonio Luis Vicente  and  MORAES, José Cássio de. Health surveillance: foundations, interfaces and tendencies. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.4, pp.2215-2228. ISSN 1678-4561.

The present article rescues initially the forms, content and operational projection of the epidemiological surveillance as indispensable tool for the knowledge field and public health practices. After that, we verify that the health surveillance model establishes an enlargement of this operational concept of surveillance by integrating the collectives and individuals practices in different health necessities dimensions, which includes beyond of the risks and damages control also the eco-socials determinants. In the sequence, we search to dimension the distinct levels of actuation of this sanitary practice articulated to the interventions of promotion, protection and recovery under a located and integrated logic of the unique system of Brazilian health. Finally, we argue that all the conceptual-operational model framework of public health surveillance itself constitutes as a politics and sanitary base for the consolidation of the health promotion paradigm in the collective health field.

Keywords : Health surveillance; Sanitary practice; Public health.

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