Equity in health

Equity means social justice or fairness. The concept is one of the key principles of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion from 1986, and is consistent with the WHO call for ‘Health for All’.

Social inequity concerns systematic differences between different socioeconomic groups, and is a consequence of unequal access to public benefits and services, education, or adequate food and housing, for example – differences which according to Whitehead (1991) are unnecessary, avoidable, unfair and unjust. To promote equity, policies should address the unequal distribution of social and health determinants between advantaged and disadvantaged groups, and the differing consequences of these policies for different parts of the population.

The Equity Working Group focuses on social inequalities and inequities in the Nordic countries, and is currently studying policies and political commitments to compensate economically poor families.

 Current active members of the Group

Elisabeth Fosse (Convener) – website

Anna Balkfors – LinkedIn

Despena (Debbie) Andrioti Bygvraa- LinkedIn

Leena Eklund-Karlsson – website

Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdottir – website

Heidi Myglegård Andersen  email website

Ditte Heering Holt – website

Ulrika Lögdberg – website

Ruth Montgomery-Andersen – LinkedIn

Olin Blaalid Oldeide – website

Louise Persson – email

Susann Regber – website

Fungi P Gwanzura Ottemöller – email
Gloria Macassa – website
Sofie Buch Mejsner – website
Susanne Hagen – website
Charlotte Overgaard – website

For publications written within the network.


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