Thursday, October 13, 2011

Norway brings the conditions of everyday life to the heart of health policy

Norway has just released its new Public Health Act, which aims to bring the social determinants of health to the heart of health policy at the national, regional, and local level. From the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services:

"Minister of Health and Care Services Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen will attend the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 19-21 October 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The conference will bring together Member States and stakeholders to share experiences on policies and strategies aiming to reduce health inequities. As of 11 October 103 Member States have confirmed their attendance, including 60 ministers.

In the Norwegian context an important step in implementing Report No. 20 to the Storting (2006-2007) National strategy to reduce social inequalities in health is the newly launched Public Health Act which places reducing health inequalities through action on social determinants of health at the heart of Public Health nationally, regionally and locally."

Norwegian Public Health Act (pdf)
Norwegian Public Health Act short introduction (pdf)

To learn more about public health policies across Europe, download or order a copy of Health for all? A Critical Analysis of Public Health Policies in Eight European Countries, a brilliant book published by the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, featured here in 2009.