Inequity and Health workshop
Whereas population health in Sweden and globally is improving, social inequalities in health – health inequalities – are instead persisting or increasing. That this development is seen even in countries with well-developed welfare systems (the so-called welfare paradox), tells the story of mere partial fulfillment of the ultimate goals of public health: to improve overall population health, and to achieve an equitable distribution of health. The latter is one of the most relevant challenges in public health.
In the global policy arena, while the Millennium Development Goals failed to include equity, the current Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) acknowledge that equity is central to sustainable global progress. Equity is a critical component of SDG 3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; SDG 5 – achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; SDG 10 – reduce inequality within and among countries; and SDG 17.18 which calls for countries to increase the availability of data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts by 2020.
Health equity, everyone´s fair and just opportunity to be healthier, requires removing the barriers and reducing the differences in the social determinants of health.
How do we teach health equity in our higher education? What aspects should be improved?
Summary of the Mind the Gap Seminar
Research health equity SDG
Health equity SDG