The sub-themes are an invitation to present papers and organize workshops on a range of themes important for health promotion research. You need not place your contributions under a sub-theme if you do not find them adequate. When having an overview, the conference committee will be helpful in organizing the themes and may suggest where your contribution can be discussed.
The conference calls for presentations and workshops on the following sub-themes:
1. Inequity, inequality and marginalization in health
The highest attainable standard of health is still not a right for all in in the Nordic welfare societies. Close empirical research as well as sensitive theorization is needed in order to understand the complex and intertwined ways in which inequity in health is part of everyday life, cultural and societal transformations and how inequity develops over time.
2. Theorizing sustainability and health promotion
Health promotion and sustainable development are related concepts. Social sustainability focuses on establishing social conditions which strengthen human resources and thus the ability to care for their health. Research that involves a perspective on sustainability in relation to HP, and deal with material conditions regarding health, such as food, technology, environment and nature, urban development and climate changes is welcomed.
3. Health promotion and health care institutions undergoing change
Health promotion became part of health politics and practices 20 years ago in the Nordic countries. During recent year’s New public management and New public health have had influence on health care institutions, calling for research and theorization on the consequences of these ongoing changes, especially in relation to inequity.
4.Welfare technologies, digitalization and telemedicine
How can new technologies be understood in relation to health promotion? How do technologies as internet and APPs affect roles, responsibilities and opportunities for citizens, as well as patients and professionals. The changes can be understood as empowering, but do they also lead to new forms of marginalization and inequality?
5. Perspectives on health as right or obligation
Local health promotion initiatives aim at engaging citizens. User involvement has been central in health institutions while user movements and patient organizations on their side try to define the agenda. The sub-theme will address both the potential for empowerment in this tendency as well as the new responsibilities and obligations it contains.
6. Health promotion, life course and later life
The ageing population in the Nordic countries fosters challenges for HP and health care institutions, as well as a renewed focus on relatives as providers of care. How do we as health promotors conceptualize health in later life, while avoiding stereotypes of successful old age? How do multi-illnesses along with concepts and programs for rehabilitation affect the everyday life of older citizens? How does old age and death relate to health promotion?
7.Health promotion in schools and other educational institutions
Health literacy of the population has been named as one of the key global health promotion goals and objectives. Health literacy, health education, early prevention initiatives, participatory methods, schools as health promoting settings, as well as the education of health professionals, are themes which will be addressed under this headline.
8. Health promotion in the work place and healthy work-life balances
Work can promote health but also challenge health. Precarious work, stress and vague demarcations between work and private life are central issues. Research applying a setting approach and research on interventions at the workplace, connections between work, time, care and health, as well as on health related results of unemployment are welcomed.
9. Mental health, wellbeing and health promotion
With raising numbers of persons suffering from depression, loneliness and burn-out, mental health seems to be challenged in contemporary society. Concepts of resilience and recovery are at the same time gaining influence in the field of mental health and psychiatry. Research can address theoretical and empirical issues regarding mental health, for instance studies on interventions attempting to enhance mental health in different populations.
10. Multi sectoral health promotion interventions and governance
The Health in All policies framework sees health as an integrated perspective in all sectors in society. Many health challenges of today, such as NCDs are due to various determinants outside the health sector, and the sector can’t respond to them alone. The sub-theme focuses on health promotion in different sectors of the municipality. Studies on cross-sectoral partnerships, community health and the role of Non-governmental organizations are invited.
11. Theories on health promotion
The concept of salutogenesis has been founding for health promotion. Is it still relevant and how does it connect to other developments in the field of HP? This sub-theme addresses theoretical and conceptual challenges in HP, and how the founding orientations meet the health problems of today.
12. Everyday life, leisure time, family and health promotion
Health is created in our everyday life; in local communities, where family types, infrastructure, housing, schools, civil society, etc. play a key role. The sub-theme addresses the role of everyday life in the forming of health, inequity in health and as context for health promotion.
13. Physical activity, civil society and interaction in public space
Physical activity is central to health. Can civil society and NGOs play an active and sustainable role in promoting physical activity? Is it possible to plan urban, national and global development in a more health promoting way? Questions of integration of physical activity in everyday life and public space as well as research on healthy cities can be addressed.
14. Migration and global health
Migration causes new threads to public health on a global level. In this sub-theme the challenges to Health Promotion and new risks of marginalization offered by migration will be discussed, as well as potentials for understanding new or alternative aspects of health through the perspective of different cultures and traditions.