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History of NHPRN

Articles providing more in depth information on the history of NHPRN

Based on the storytelling tradition and analyses of conference material,  an overview of the evolving Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN) and its conferences over the last 20 years is provided. The story goes from the planning of the first conference in Bergen, Norway, back in 1996 to the ninth conference to be held in Roskilde, Denmark i in 2019.

Back in the 1980s, voices within the international public health community were asking to learn more about the role of Health Promotion in the Nordic welfare societies. This resulted in the third global Health Promotion conference in 1991 in Sundsvall, Sweden, focusing on creating supportive environments for health.The Sundsvall conference was planned and implemented by the Nordic countries under the leadership of the Ministries of Health. As an outcome of these collaborative processes, two Nordic World Health Organization (WHO) collaborating centres were created in collaboration with WHO Geneva. These centers were key actors in the evolving Nordic network of research in health promotion.

In the further evolvement of the collaboration in Nordic health promotion research there have been three phases of development. During the first phase, 1996–2007, the five first conferences were initiated and implemented  by departments of public health in the Nordic countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) collaborative centres of Health Promotion in Bergen University and a group at Karolinska Institute, Department of Social Medicine, creating supportive environments for health in Stockholm played key roles in initiating and supporting NHPRN.

During the second phase, 2007–2014, the network was strengthened and supported by the Nordic School of Public Health (NHV) in Gothenburg. The third phase started when NHV closed down in 2015 and networking activities were transferred to the European Office of WHO in Copenhagen.

The Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference series has served several purposes and will continue to do so. They are important Nordic meeting places, stimulating Health Promotion research, as well as explicitly managing ongoing concerns in the international Health Promotion community. This is reflected in the shift of foci over time. The content of the conferences has been highly responsive to whatever challenges are particularly relevant at different points in time, while also contributing to developing Health Promotion as a discipline, given that every conference has built on the previous ones.

See more in the article by Haglund BJA, Tillgren P. Milestones in Health Promotion Research. Scand J Public Health 2018 More details about the second phase is provide by Ringsberg, Karin C. The Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN). Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2015 Supplement 16, Vol. 43, p51-56. 6p. DOI: 10.1177/1403494814568596.

Background materials

Ringsberg, Karin C. The Nordic Health Promotion Research Network (NHPRN). Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. 2015 Supplement 16, Vol. 43, p51-56. 6p. DOI: 10.1177/1403494814568596.

Haglund, Bo J.A.; Fosse, Elisabeth. Nordiska konferenser i hälsofrämjande forskning. Rapport från den 7th Nordic Health Promotion Conference (NHPRC), Vestfold University College 17-19 June, 2013. Socialmedicinsk tidskrift 2013; 90: 630-5  see smt 2013; 90: 630-5

Haglund BJA, Tillgren P. Milestones in Health Promotion Research. Scand J Public Health 2018;

Editorials in supplements from the latest conferences

Sami, K; Torp S; Liveng, A.  http://journals.sagepub.com/toc/sjpc/46/20_suppl

Torp, Steffen; Kokko, Sami; Ringsberg, Karin C. Promoting health in everyday settings: Opportunities and challenges. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health. Nov 2014 Supplement, Vol. 42 Issue 15, p3-6. 4p. DOI: 10.1177/1403494814553546

Ringsberg, K. C.; Borup, I. K The role of health promotion in the transition of the Nordic welfare states. Scand J Public Health March 2011 39: 4–5, doi:10.1177/1403494810395841

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