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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018




The Nordic Welfare Systems: common elements and current challenges for public health


Organised by

The Nordic Welfare Centre in collaboration with the Nordic associations of public health


What are the common elements of the Nordic welfare systems? Is there a 'Nordic Model' of welfare and is it being challenged by current international and national developments? Are new policy models being developed and what are their key elements? How should the Nordic public health communities position themselves in the new policy environment?

These and related issues will be discussed in this pre-conference arranged by the Nordic Welfare Centre and the Nordic associations of public health associations.  


09.00 – 09.10 Welcome and introduction
Anna Sarkadi, Professor and President of the Swedish Society of Social Medicine, Sweden

09.15 – 10.00 International perspective on the Nordic Welfare and Health Systems
Johan Mackenbach, Professor Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands 

10.00 – 10.20 Coffee break

10.20 –10.40 Challenges for Public Health in Finland
Elina Hemminki, Research Professor National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland 

10.40 – 11.00 Social inequalities in health in Norway from an international perspective: Evidence from the ESS Health Module
Terje Eikemo, Professor, NTNU Norway / Editor-in-Chief of Scand J Public Health

11.00 – 11.20 Public health in Iceland
Sigríður Kristín Hrafnkelsdóttir, M.P.H. and chair of Society of Icelandic Public Health Professionals (ISPHP), project manager at the University of Iceland

11.20 – 11.40 The Danish Public Health System – Fact or Fiction?
Maja Bertram, Postdoc, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

11.40 – 12.00 Choice reforms and equity in health care in Sweden
Bo Burström, Professor Karolinska Institutet, Sweden 

12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion
All presenters participate

12.30 Closing
Anna Sarkadi, Professor and President of the Swedish Society of Social Medicine 

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 20 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.