About the Conference

The Nordic Public Health Conference is a meeting venue with a rich tradition which gives high priority to public health in general and specific efforts aimed at public health in the Nordic countries. Since 1987, a Nordic Public Health Conference has been held every three years in close collaboration between the five Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. The conference is an arena for dialogue, experience sharing and innovation across the Nordic countries dealing with initiatives and policies in the field of public health.

Purpose

The Nordic Public Health Conference wishes to elucidate the direction, level of ambition and visions for public health efforts in the Nordic Countries. In addition, an important objective of the conference is to provide a space for sharing knowledge, experience and inspiration in the field of public health for the Nordic countries.

Target groups

The contents of the conference primarily target planners, practitioners and NGOs in the field of public health. Other target groups for the conference are scientists, research institutions, professional associations and private stakeholders.

Conference title: Public health in welfare societies undergoing changes – How can we create socially sustainable solutions?

The Nordic welfare models are transitioning in their own different ways. The trends are moving towards reforms and away from the traditional overriding focus on universal solution models towards a keener focus on differentiated welfare schemes and the fact that people are increasingly taking control over their own health – which includes the way in which they use health services. We see that parts of the population are pleased with their options and are increasingly concerned about their personal health. At the same time these movements creates opportunities for new methods of working when the boundaries between traditional healthcare activities and activities in other sectors are tested.

However there are also large groups of individuals who do not navigate these agendas with the same ease as others and who do not have the same resources for or interest in actively taking control of their personal health. These structural changes also pose a risk of displacements that can exacerbate social inequity in health, and we are seeing new tendencies relating to deprivation and illness. Public health is a significant focal point of societal development. This explains why we need to continuously improve our ability to find solutions for how public-health consequences in all sectors become integrated considerations when planning holistic, sustainable solutions within the framework of the Nordic welfare models, which are currently undergoing change.