Press release
09.05.09

International conference at the Hertie School of Governance

The Hertie School hosted the international conference Reducing Health Inequalities: What Do We Really Know About Successful Strategies?

The Hertie School of Governance - in cooperation with the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld, IGES, and the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) - hosted the international conference Reducing Health Inequalities: What Do We Really Know About Successful Strategies?

In highly developed countries, the widening differences in socio-economic status which enhance inequalities in health outcomes are a growing problem. The result is a loss of educational and economic competences in large parts of the population which reduces the economic prosperity of the whole country. Therefore, tackling health inequalities and implementing health equity strategies are the main objectives of public health policy in welfare states around the globe.

The conference focused on the comparative analysis of public health strategies in different states. The leading questions were: What do we know about the interaction of welfare regimes and health outcomes? Do regime types influence the results of health equity strategies? Do they have consequences for the overall burden of disease? Which strategy is appropriate in order to reduce health inequalities? How can the particularly heavy burden of disease faced by families, children, adolescents, the elderly, the migrant population, and other vulnerable parts of the population in low economic and educational status be reduced? What do we really know about successful strategies?

Read more on the German website.