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The next step towards more equity in health in Sweden: how can we close the gap in a generation?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences.
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 46, p. 19-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2015, a national Commission for Equity in Health was appointed by the Swedish Government. In this paper, some key lines of thought from the three reports published by the Commission are summarised. First, the theories and principles for the Commission's work are outlined, in particular regarding the views taken on how health inequalities arise. Second, the importance of process is discussed in relation to cross-sectorial efforts to reduce inequalities in health. More specifically, this brings up some of the proposals made for how to redesign the public health policy framework for cross-sectorial work. Third, the proposed content of cross-sectorial work for more equal health is presented in three steps, namely: (1) overarching recommendations, (2) more equal conditions and opportunities, and (3) general problems of governance. Regarding people's conditions and opportunities, the Commission submitted a number of proposals for the general direction of work that needs to be taken in order to reduce health inequalities, as well as some examples of more specific policy changes or reforms on the basis of each of these general directions, which are summarised here. Finally, some challenges and difficulties that may prevent Sweden from taking the next step towards more equity in health are discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 46, p. 19-27
Keywords [en]
Equity in health, Sweden, cross-sectorial, public health policy
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Public Administration Studies Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157665DOI: 10.1177/1403494818765702ISI: 000434320200004PubMedID: 29862904OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157665DiVA, id: diva2:1223252
Conference
Nordic Public Health Conference, Aalborg, August 24, 2017.
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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