DIVERSITY AND HEALTH
The population of Sweden and Europe is increasingly diverse. Diversity is the result of demographic changes such as ageing, globalization and migration. This is reinforced by changes in people’s lifestyles, and rapid advances in science and technology. To understand the complexity of the challenges we face caused by diversity, health and integration, a common and concerted effort from society is needed.
Lifestyles and societal development
Continued societal development means that in many respects diversity will be the defining characteristic of the population, something that is especially evident locally in Flemingsberg, but also nationally and internationally in Sweden and the rest of Europe.
Differences between and within groups in terms of background, ethnicity, culture and religion, sexual orientation and identity, social position, as well as function and health are of the greatest importance for the individual and society as a whole.
Health is one of the most important factors that affects people’s diverse lifestyles.
How does health impact our lifestyles?
The physical condition of refugees and integration are issues that the Red Cross University College has worked on successfully for many years. It is one of the single most critical factors that influences people’s lifestyles.
The pooled competences and expertise at the Red Cross University College, both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, have contributed to our approaching issues such as health, vulnerability, marginalization, refugees and migration, as well as norms and social inclusion in research and training.
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The Red Cross University College has a stated societal responsibility and global engagement in, amongst other areas, research into issues related to the consequences of crises, catastrophes and migration and initiatives designed to promote equality in health outcomes. The college also conducts research into resilience and mental health of refugees and asylum seekers.
Research areas at the Red Cross University College:
Huddinge municipality acts to improve public health in a raft of different ways. Initiatives in this area are broad and linked to, for example, work with healthy society planning that supports positive developments in housing, and that influences Huddinge residents’ health outcomes, and education and employment opportunities.
Botkyrka municipal authority works to improve public health in a number of ways. How the authority decides to work with housing, roads, public transport, water and drainage, and the environment of course has implications for Botkyrka residents’ health, as well as education and employment opportunities, and interaction with friends and family.
Public health initiatives are based on the challenges outlined in A Sustainable Botkyrka and the authority’s long-term goals contained in its Multi-year plan.
Södertörn University offers training courses and conducts research into, amongst other areas, International Health, Health and Social Change and has several centers including SCOHOST, The Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change, a research center that examines issues related to public health and wellbeing with a special focus on Eastern Europe.