Kick-off for the health and welfare programme
The Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare is part of the effort to improve public health in the Nordic region by generating new knowledge about the diverse challenges facing the various countries. There are high expectations for the 11 projects that have been awarded funding under the programme’s three calls for proposals.
Three calls in a single year
Under the first call, a total of NOK 140 million in funding was awarded to five research projects. The thematic framework of the call was to gain basic knowledge about the mechanisms and disparities that underlie inequities in the distribution of health and welfare in Nordic countries. The two subsequent calls focused on user-driven innovation (two funded projects) and on the construction of joint Nordic registers and databases for research purposes (four funded projects), respectively.
The kick-off was held in downtown Oslo at the Aker Brygge complex, and was attended by approximately 50 individuals affiliated with the programme and the various research projects. Professor Gunnel Gustafsson, Director of NordForsk, opened the event and spoke enthusiastically about the high quality of the projects and NordForsk’s expectations, after which Professor Erland Hjelmquist, head of the Programme Committee of the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare, took the podium and introduced the various projects over the course of the day.
A cutting-edge health initiative
“Modern”, “bold” and “forward-looking” were just a few of the terms used during the presentations to describe NordForsk’s health and welfare programme, and it was evident that those involved with the research projects were eager to get their efforts underway.
“Our intention has always been to promote research that will improve public health in the Nordic countries and to produce the knowledge needed to give politicians a better basis for designing sound health policy. We are convinced that the 11 projects awarded funding will succeed in precisely this, and after today’s excellent presentations we are looking forward to following them as they proceed,” Erland Hjelmquist says.
“All of the funded projects target the major health and welfare challenges facing the Nordic region, and we are certain that they will also help to inspire new research,” he adds.
The 11 projects under the Nordic Programme on Health and Welfare:
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- Coming of Age in Exile (CAGE) – Health and Socio-Economic Inequities in Young Refugees in the Nordic Welfare Societies. Project leader: Professor Allan Krasnik, University of Copenhagen.
- Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life. Project leader: Professor Mikko Härmä, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
- Understanding the Link between Air Pollution and Distribution of Related Health Impacts and Welfare in the Nordic Countries (NordicWelfAir). Project leader: Professor Jørgen Brandt, Aarhus University.
- Social Inequalities in Ageing (SIA); Health, Care and Institutional Reforms in the Nordic Welfare Model. Project leader: Professor Johan Fritzell, Karolinska Institutet.
- ActivABLES: Tangible Interaction to Support Effective and Usable Stroke Rehabilitation at Home. Project leader: Associate Professor Charlotte Magnusson, Lund University.
- . Project leader: Professor Anna Strömberg, Linköping University.
- A Nordic Rheumatology Register Pilot to facilitate collaborative studies based on linkages of clinical data with national health. Project leader: Professor Johan Askling, Karolinska Institutet.
- Adult Life after Childhood Cancer in Scandinavia (ALiCCS): Socioeconomic consequences of long-term survival. Project leader: Senior Researcher Jeanette Falck Winther, Danish Cancer Society.
- Contingent Life Courses (C-LIFE). Project leader: Professor Espen Dahl, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences.
- Nordic Occupational Register – a tool for estimation of the potential of workplace and population level interventions. Project leader: Svetlana Solovieva, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
- Psychosocial Work Environment and Healthy Ageing. Project leader: Professor Mika Kivimäki, University of Helsinki.
Additional presentations at the kick-off
- IT Services for Sensitive Research Data - The Nordic Tryggve project, Maria Francesca Iozzi, University Center for Information Technology, University of Oslo (UiO)
- The Nordic Microdata Access Network, Project leader: C-G Hjelm, Statistics Sweden
- Nordic Cooperation in Health and Welfare, Professor Erland Hjelmquist
Text and photo: Tor Martin Nilsen