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There is a lack of equality regarding health, and its increasing
”These inequalities in health are unnecessary, they could be evaded, and
are seen as unfair,” says Gloria Macassa, researcher at Gävle
Health is a valuable asset and Gävleborg is a good county to both growup in and live in. But at the same time as many have a good life there are palpable differences in health between different social groups.
Social vulnerability means inferior health
Investigations show that people who live in vulnerable circumstances or have a lower social position also have poorer health.
The social factors that influence our health are complex and demand a general strategy of collaboration between different community organizations, not only at a national level but even at the regional and local level.
”The problem is that inequality is on the increase in Sweden despite all the contributions being made,” says Gloria Macassa.
Within the region
Within the region there is a growing awareness of this, and a great deal is being done to try and reduce inequalities, however more must be done to reduce the gap.
“We know that there is inequality when it comes to health, but how much inequality and what lies at the bottom of all this?
Here at the university we do research on employment and we know there is inequality as far as that goes. But what is the most important factor, how important is education and income?”
Researchers meet the workers
For the first time researchers meet those who work in the real world.
”We shall now have an initial discussion about how things look, what is being done right now and then the future”
Gävle University, together with Region Gävleborg, invite you to a workshop to discuss these issues.
Date: Wednesday 6th May
Time: 9.00am- 3.00pm
Place: Valhall, Gävle University
For further information please contact:
Gloria Macassa, Professor of Public Health Sciences at Gävle University
Tel: 026-64 82 28
Text: Douglas Öhrbom
Photo: Ove Wall