GWG on Salutogenesis

What is the Salutogenic orientation?

Salutogenesis is a concept originally developed by Aaron Antonovsky (1979, 1987). In the broadest sense, salutogenesis refers to a scholarly orientation focusing attention on the study of the origins of health, instead of the origins of disease. In essence, salutogenesis is concerned with positive health, creating coherent living environments, strengthening socio-ecological health resources as well as strengthening the sense of coherence of individuals and groups. As all these aspects well align with the orientation of health promotion, salutogenesis has become a guiding theory for the field of health promotion (see Handbook of Salutogenesis).

 

Background and Organisation

The Global Working Group was established in 2007 at the IUHPE General Assembly, in Vancouver, Canada – to advance and promote the science of salutogenesis within health promotion.

The Global Working Group on Salutogenesis (GWG-SAL) is an international and interdisciplinary group with two levels of membership:

Core working group of the GWG-Sal: this group consist of up to 18 members representing different world regions and research areas of salutogenesis. Members are elected by the core working group of the GWG-Sal for a period of 5 years (repeated elections possible). It is responsible for implementing the action plan of the GWG-Sal.

Global Network of Salutogenesis: this group is open to all people devoted to the mission of the GWG-Sal. This group supports pursuing the mission of the GWG-Sal and is continuously informed by and engaged with the core working group

 

 

Mission

Ø  To advance and promote the science of salutogenesis (philosophy, theory, methodology, evidence) and thus to contribute to the scientific base of health promotion and of the IUHPE

 

Objectives

Along with the general aims of the GWG of the IUHPE, the GWG-Sal pursues the following objectives:

  • salutogenesis-related agenda-setting for, within and beyond the IUHPE;

  • contribution of the salutogenic approach to the IUHPE and other scientific programs;

  • engage with key (regional) research fields and stakeholders for capacity building regarding salutogenesis.

 

Working principles

  • Considering principles of the Ottawa Charter

  • Inclusiveness regarding regions, gender, age etc.

  • Coherent work plan: comprehensible, manageable, meaningful for GWG members

  • Voluntary engagement through joyful experience

  • Feasibility: link meetings of GWG-Sal to related health promotion conferences

 

If you like to know more about or get involved in any of the below activities, please contact the Chair of the GWG-Sal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  1. Found a “Society of Salutogenesis” SoS: Provide a trans-disciplinary platform for exchange between researchers in the field of salutogenesis. This SoS will reach out to researchers beyond the field of health promotion who can contribute new approaches and new areas of application of salutogenesis. The GWG-Sal will act as a bridge between this society and the IUHPE. Date: 2018. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  2. Establish a “Journal of Salutogenesis” JoS: this journal will facilitate the trans-disciplinary exchange between researchers in the field of salutogenesis. It will be founded by the Society of Salutogenesis. Date: 2019.

  3. Contribute to scientific conferences and seminars related to salutogenesis:

    1. Biannual International Forum of Health Promotion Research 2016, 2018, 2020. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    2. IUHPE European Health Promotion Research Network & Conference Trondheim 2018; NN 2020; Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    3. IUHPE Global Health Promotion Conference New Zealand 2019. (pre-conference research seminar, sub-plenary salutogenesis – a global perspective, further symposia) Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  4. Initiate publications on salutogenesis:

    1. Research articles on key developments in salutogenesis

    2. Second edition of the Handbook of Salutogenesis (see below)

  5. Organize meetings of the GWG-Sal: See dates below

  6. Provide up-dated information on the website of GWG-Sal: please send news regarding Salutogenesis to the Chair of the GWG-Sal

 

 

Chair

Georg Bauer, Switzerland This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

HQ

Division Public & Organizational Health, Institute for Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention, University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

Membership

 

 
Name
Institution / area of expertise

Georg F. Bauer (chair)

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Switzerland
Division Public & Organizational Health,
Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics,
Prevention, University of Zurich

www.ebpi.uzh.ch

Emily N.K. Ang

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Singapore
Alice Lee Center for Nursing Studies,
Yong Lo Lin School of Medicine
www.medicine.nus.edu.sg/nursing/research/introduction.html 

 

Pauline Bakibinga

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Kenya
African population and health research center

www.aphrc.org

 

Paulo Contu

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Italy
Department of Public health, clinical
and molecular Medicine, University of Cagliari

www.unica.it

 

Soo Downe

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UK
School of Community Health and Midwifery,
University of Central Lancashire
 

www.uclan.ac.uk/staff_profiles/professor_soo_downe.phpwww.uclan.ac.uk/research/explore/groups/unit_research_in_childbirth_health_unit.phpwww.eubithresearch.eu

 

Monica Eriksson

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Sweden
Center of Salutogenesis, University West,
Trollhättan

www.hv.se

 

Geir Espnes

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Norway
Center for Health Promotion Research,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Trondheim

www.ntnu.edu/chpr

 

Gauden Galea

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(Elena Shevkun)

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Malta
Director NCD & lifestyle, WHO Geneva
(Focal point for health promotion)

www.euro.who.int

 

Bjarne Bruun Jensen

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Denmark
Health Promotion Research, Steno Diabetes Center,
Gentoftje

www.sdcc.dk

Dolors Juvinya

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Spain
Universitat de Girona;
Ibro-Latin network of Sal;
edited the Spanish and Katalan HHG
 

www.udg.edu/catedrapromociosalut

Corey Lee M. Keyes

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USA
Department of Sociology,
Emory College of Arts and Science
 

www.sociology.emory.edu

Bengt Lindström

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Norway
Center for Health Promotion Research,
Norwegian University of Science and Technology,
Trondheim

www.ntnu.edu

Adi Mana

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Israel
School of Behavioural Sciences,
Peres Academic Center
(senior lecturer)

www.researchgate.net/profile/Adi_mana2

Maurice Mittelmark

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Norway
Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen
www.uib.no/personer/maurice.mittelmark

Antony Morgan

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UK
School of Health and Life Sciences
, Glasgow Caledonian University

www.gcu.ac.ukwww.gculondon.ac.uk/aboutus/ourstaff/morganantonydr/

Jürgen Pelikan

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Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna

www.soz.univie.ac.atwww.lbihpr.lbg.ac.at

Mathieu Roy

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Centre de recherche du CHUS, Sherbrooke
(Québec)
French-Canadian NW Salutogenesis;
french HHG

http://cr.chus.qc.ca/axes/sante-population/chercheurs/mathieu-roy/

Shifra Sagy

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Martin Springer Center of Conflict Studies,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negevb, Beer-Sheva

www.bgu.ac.il/mscs

Lenneke Vaandrager

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(Maria Koelen)

Department of Social Sciences,
Health and Society, Wageningen University

www.wur.nl/hso

 

Hege Forbeck Vinje

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University College of Southeast Norway,
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences,
Department of Health, Social and Welfare Studies

www.usn.no/

 

Symposium and Launch

 

September 8, 2017, University of Zurich

 

Center of Salutogenesis - about the origin of positive health

 

Program

Symposium Zurich Program

 

 For details and registration, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

New Center of Salutogenesis at the University of Zurich

On September 8 2017 the University of Zurich founds the Center of Salutogenesis with support by a private foundation. The Center aims for the scientific advancement and dissemination of Salutogenesis.

The Center is part of the Division Public and Organizational Health of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the Faculties of Medicine and Sciences. The chair of the center is Georg Bauer.

 

More information:

Center of Salutogenesis


 

Conference

January 24, 2017, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

 

Salutogenesis: The Journey from its Origins at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to a Global Movement

 

Program

http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/humsos/MartinSpringer/Site%20Assets/Pages/default/invitation-jan2017.pdf

 

For details and registration, please contact Sharón Benheim, Martin Springer Center for Conict Studies: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The GWG of Salutogenesis just published the The Handbook on Salutogenesis, compiling the work of 80 global authors. It is an open source publication, available for free download at:  

http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-319-04600-6