qualitative study with the purpose of analyzing intersectorial actions for health promotion in the context of the family health strategy, identifying experiences, facilitating and restricting factors to the process of building partnerships. subjects were health managers and informers from social equipment in the territory covered by a local health service in belo horizonte/minas gerais, brazil. the results indicate the existence of a wide social network. however, intersectorial health promoting actions are still incipient. intersectorial actions are faced with the challenge of creating communication spaces that allow the resolution of complex problems. it is concluded that intersectorial actions constitute an innovative strategy which is still under construction, and the paths of which are still being unraveled.