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Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö A Sustainable Malmö Malmö is part of the expansive Öresunds region and the development of health is a key factor for the city s growth and sustainability. As

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Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö A Sustainable Malmö Malmö is part of the expansive Öresunds region and the development of health is a key factor for the city s growth and sustainability. As part of the wider goal to make all aspects of Malmö sustainable, ecologically, economically and socially, the city council decided to instigate a the Malmö Commission, the first of its kind in Sweden. The differences in living conditions in Malmö between those who have work and those who are unemployed, between the well educated and those with a low level of education, have become more and more pronounced. The average lifespan can differ as much as eight years between the different districts and there are significant differences across the districts in the prevalence or lack of social factors contributing to health, such as income, work and education. The wide disparity in the levels of health between Malmö s different socio-economic groups is a pattern that is echoed in Sweden s other major cities. The commission s mission is to assemble evidence which will then be used to propose strategies for reducing health inequalities and for improving the long term living conditions for the citizens of Malmö. Social determinants of health There are many different factors that contribute to physical and mental health. Some of the key social determinants of health include upbringing, school, work, work environment, income, education, living conditions and social inclusion. The Malmö Commission draws on the findings of the WHO report Closing the Gap in a Generation by the Commission on Social Determinants of Health, led by professor Sir Michael Marmot, a leading authority in the study of public health. The report provides recommendations to governing bodies, organisations and states about how the differences in health on a global scale can be reduced within the span of a generation. The report details, amongst other things, the fact that social determinants can be influenced. It also demonstrates how this can be done. The strategic recommendations and findings of the Malmö Commission will highlight what Malmö City and other key players need to do to positively influence the social determinants of health, with the aim of increasing the possibility of good health for all of Malmö s population under their lifespan. The process EVIDENCE-BASED REPORTS ON DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. CAN THEY BE INFLUENCED AND HOW? For example How is Malmö feeling? - A measurement of the general levels of health and distribution of health within the city. How can we ensure that more children and young people graduate from school? How can we reduce levels of child-poverty within the city? How can city planning be used to positively affect peoples health? Correlation between growth, welfare and health? How can we measure Malmö s growth and health equity development? These reports will be produced by the commissioners and by experts within the different fields. 2012 SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN DECEMBER 2012 ANALYSIS/DISCUSSION OVER POSSIBLE STRATEGIES Analysis of the research material Interim report to the City Council Strategic recommendations for Malmö City How can strategic recommendations be made implementable? Discussion, hearings and dialogue. Production of final report FINAL REPORT The final report will be submitted to the City Council during December 2012 with a recommendation of strategies that answer the questions about what can be done in order to reduce health disparities in Malmö, and how it can be done. Key fact about the Commission Is politically neutral Comprises of fourteen commissioners Is lead by a chairman and a head secretary Initiator for the project is Malmö s City Council. The main task of the commission is to assemble evidence and based on this, to propose strategies for reducing health inequalities and improving the long-term living conditions for the citizens of Malmö. In order for the Commission s strategies to be implementable, it must communicate with many people and players during its work. The final report will be delivered to the City Council during December The Commission is supported by a team of both international and local advisors. Michael Marmot, whose report on how the differences in health on a global scale can be reduced within the span of a generation has received global recognition, is senior adviser to the Malmö Commission. The reports and the City Council s commission directive can be found at The Commissioners Sven-Olof Isacsson Chairman Professor Emeritus of Social Medicine, University of Lund Anna Balkfors Head Secretary Developmental Strategist, Malmö City Denny Vågerö Professor of Medical Sociology, University Of Stockholm, Chess Eva Engquist Vice Chancellor, University of Malmö Maria Roswall Senior Doctor in Social Medicine, Skåne Regional Council Christer Larsson Head of City Planning for Malmö Nihad Bunar Professor of Child and Youth Studies, University of Stockholm Per-Olof Östergren Professor of Social Medicine, University of Lund Kerstin Larsson Former Head of Research and Development for Education, Malmö City Council Ulf Gerdtham Professor of Health Economics, University of Lund Katarina Pelin Environmental Director, Malmö Tapio Salonen Professor of Social Work, University of Malmö Mikael Stigendal Professor of Sociology, University of Malmö Sven Persson Professor of Pedagogy, University of Malmö Annelie Larsson Head of the Department of Social Resources, Malmö Marie Köhler Senior Doctor within paediatrics,skåne Regional Council Website: Blog: Sven-Olof Isacsson, chairman Anna Balkfors, Head Secretary Frida Leander, Communications Officer The Commission for a Socially Sustainable Malmö is an independent commission appointed by the Malmö City Council to provide targets and strategies to decrease health inequalities.
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