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Bosse Petterson

Fristående folkhälsorådgivare och f.d. vicegeneraldirektör

Statens folkhälsoinstitut och f.d. Folkhälsoråd, Socialstyrelsen

Bosse Petterson, informal conference dinner talk

Bosse Petterson has worked with public health since 1976 and has experience from both local and international fields. In parallel with his work at central authorities and the Swedish government, he has also contributed to forming academic public health education at master level at Karolinska Institutet as well as practical public health education at different places in Sweden. Bosse has always supported Nordic collaboration. Though collaboration with Jens Mathiesen from Denmark, Per-Erik Isaksson and Cecilia Brandt from Finland, Marit Christie and Sonja Stenmarck from Norway, Nils Östby from Sweden as well as Lennart Köhler and employees from Nordic public health schools, an initiative to organise Nordic public health conferences came to be in the middle of the 1970s. The conferences were intended as a venue for practical public health promotion. The starting point was Nordic similarities and differences that could contribute to an exchange of experience in light of the WHO's "Health for All" strategy for the European region and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. The first conference dedicated to "health for all in the Nordic region" was held in 1987 at Hanaholmen, Esbo (just outside Helsinki) in Finland.