Archive: Gabriel Wikström, Minister for Health Care, Public Health and Sport

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A commission for equitable health

The Government has appointed Professor Olle Lundberg to chair the commission for equitable health that was announced in the Statement of Government Policy. The task of the commission is to submit proposals that can help to reduce health inequalities in society.

A commission for equitable health has been established and it is to submit a report by 31 May 2017 containing proposals that can help to reduce health inequalities in society. The Government has appointed Professor Olle Lundberg to chair the commission, which was announced in the Statement of Government Policy.

Mr Lundberg most recently held a position at the Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), which is a collaboration between Stockholm University and Karolinska Institutet. The focus area of research at CHESS is inequalities in health.

The main focus of the commission will be health disparities between various socioeconomic groups, and the commission’s work will also pay consistent attention to gender health disparities. The basis for the commission’s remit is the Government’s goal to close avoidable health gaps within one generation.

The commission is to also consider other health disparities in society, for example between people with impairments, LGBTQ people, people with foreign backgrounds, people belonging to national minorities and the rest of the population. Consideration will also be given to health disparities between those who are in gainful employment and those who are disconnected from the labour market.

The commission is to consider the significance of both general measures and measures aimed at specific target groups in efforts to reduce health inequalities. Particular attention is to be given to children’s prospects of growing up in secure and favourable conditions. Health-promotion measures and preventive measures early in life are crucial for the health of children and young people and for public health in the long term. The health situation of older people is also to be considered.

The commission’s work is to result in proposals intended for the State, municipalities and county councils, and other relevant stakeholders in society. Using an outreach-oriented and inclusive approach, the commission is to work actively to ensure that the proposals presented have good prospects of gaining traction in various decision-making processes, above all among stakeholders in society who can help reduce health inequalities in society.

As far as possible, the proposals are to cover various future time frames: the short term (2–4 years), the medium term (8 years) and a generation (25–30 years).

A group photograph of the commission for equitable health
Standing from left: Ing-Marie Wieselgren, Denny Vågerö, Margareta Kristenson, Per Nilsson, Maria Albin, Per-Olof Östergren, Gabriel Wikström, Ingvar Nilsson. Front row from left: Åke Bergmark, Laura Hartman, Anna Sjögren, Olle Lundberg (Chairman) Photo: Christine Olsson, TT