Equal health- Health promotion in collaboration
- Contact person:
- Margareta Rämgård
- Malmö University - Department of Care Science
- Responsible at MaU:
- Margareta Rämgård
- Project members at MaU:
- Time frame:
- 01 January 2019 - 30 April 2026
- Research subject:
As a way to reduce existing inequalities in health, the Collaborative Innovations for Health Promotion programme started in 2016. The initiative was a community-based participatory and challenge-driven research programme that aimed to create new ways to improve health through participatory and cooperative strategies in a health promotion program placed in a neighbourhood, Lindängen with about 7,800 residents, of which approximately 75 percent are first- and second-generation migrants.
The multi-stakeholder perspective and active involvement of local residents in the planning phase was essential to ensure community-driven processes adapted to local needs and circumstances. A total of 14 organisations and companies were involved in financing and contributing to the programme, while the Swedish national innovation agency Vinnova contributed with half of the funding (8,6 SKR).
Factors identified using a CBPR model for strategic planning together with citizens were physical activities in the area; self-care of, for instance, oral health; mental health; health literacy and safe environments. Lay health promoters living in the area were recruited to work with citizens, mobilise, coordinate activities and make contact with different actors. six co-creative health-promoting labs that were designed:
- Oral health and food
- Outdoor gym and Fitness Justice
- Mental health (for people with disabilities)
- Women’s health
- Social health for young adults
- Safety in the area.
Each of the labs had a different aim but a common approach was adopted for community engagement across the activities. Ph. D researchers working with local health promotors and citizens in the labs.
Project Women´s health, focusing on a CBPR intervention with migrant women from middle east with a participatory method called story dialogues and qualitative interviews with stakeholders and health care professionals who work with migrant women.
Project Physical health focus on an CBPR interventions called fittness justice in a mix- method approach with a longitudinal evaluation and measuring quality of life and health outcomes with biomedical devices, also during Covid 19 pandemic.
Project Oral health and nutrition focusing on a CBPR intervention for migrant families and different stakeholder working with culture circles to promote obesity and oral health problems by reducing sugar and developing new material for health literacy.