WG on Social Determinants of Health (SDH)

Launched in November 2008, this WG contextualises and relates health promotion to the SDH agenda, specifically:

  • contributing to the operationalisation of health promotion action for the priority areas proposed by the WHO Commission on SDH;

  • advocating for infrastructure building and institutional progress to support health promotion action in this regard; and

  • providing a health promotion framework for sustainable implementation and measurement of outcomes.

 

Mission

The principal mission of the IUHPE WG on SDH will consist in contextualising and relating health promotion to the SDH agenda and more specifically by: Operationalising health promotion action for the priority areas proposed by the CSDH and Rio Declaration; Advocating for infrastructure building and institutional progress to support health promotion action in this regard; and Providing a health promotion framework for sustainable implementation and measurement of outcomes.

 

Objectives

  • To utilise the IUHPE’s global network to raise awareness, advocate and develop capacities for action on SDH ensuring synergy with the IUHPE’s priority for actions (Non Communicable Diseases, Health Promotion Systems and Sustainable Development)

  • To develop IUHPE activities at global, regional, national, and community levels that advance policy and action on (health) equity, including but not limited to:

    • Convening policy dialogues on governance for better decision-making,

    • Collaborating on measurement and monitoring issues that support evidence-based decision making and implementation accountability processes,

    • Contributing to capacity building for professionals and decision makers through the development of tools, infrastructure and leadership.

    • Developing tools and models to facilitate dialogue and framing of SDH issues, specifically, a portfolio of approaches that might be suited to varying regional and political contexts.

    • Building a theoretical framework for SDH approach to health promotion.

  • To engage in the Global Programme on Health Promotion Effectiveness to consolidate and building evidence base for health promotion effectiveness on equity through action on the SDH (including surveillance, measurement/monitoring and evaluation methodologies), and support alliances and dialogue with other evidence networks in relation to SDH issues that seek to bring forward the outcomes of the CSDH.

  • To include opportunities for knowledge exchange, and debate and dialogue on health promotion action on SDH to improve health equity in the scientific program of regional and global conferences and most significantly those of the IUHPE 2013 World Conference on Health Promotion (Pattaya, Thailand, August 25th -29th).

  • To liaise with other IUHPE Working Groups to ensure incorporation of applying a health equity lens to the scientific agenda and activities of the IUHPE, in adherence with its mission to support equity between and within countries.

  • To support the Interest Group on SDH in its effort to activate the IUHPE’s range of communication tools to support existing partnerships and communication hubs and contribute to disseminate resources, best practices and tools to support action on health equity.

 

Chairs

Dr. Ankur Singh Ph.D., MSc (Dental Public Health), B.D.S
Lecturer
Centre for Health Equity & Centre for Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Melbourne School Population and Global Health

Dr. Erma Manoncourt Ph.D., MSW (clinical/psychiatric specialization), B.A. in Psychology (co-chair)
President, M&D Consulting, Inc.

 

Members

Sylvie Stachenko, Sharon Friel, Penny Hawe, David Pattison, Kumanan Rasanathan, Marilyn Rice, Vivian Lin (ex officio member)

 

WG SDH members’ roles and responsibilities

Members will be responsible for:

  • Identifying areas of leadership, contribution and interest in the WG SDH work plan;

  • Taking leadership with respect to the development of specific activities detailed in the work plan;

  • Participating in email exchanges, occasional teleconferences, and face to face meetings when possible to advance the work of the WG SDH;

  • Signalling opportunities for pursuing additional resources to support the work plan of the WG SDH;

  • Ensuring efforts to connect with other relevant groups or organisations from their networks with which the WG SDH should be linking up for greater impact and reach.

 

WG SDH Chair(s)’s roles and responsibilities

The Chairs(s) of the WGs will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating the overall development and implementation of the WG on SDH work plan

  • Actively participating in the preparation of the scientific programme of the IUHPE World Conferences (and regional conferences) through participation in the WGs liaison committee for the GSC chaired by Louise Potvin

  • Liaising with other WG’s chairs in order to ensure synergies and mutual support were appropriate

  • Liaising with the SDH interest group facilitator for the dissemination of resources, best practices and tools and to facilitate the engagement of the IUHPE membership

  • Reporting to Vice President for Scientific Affairs, on a regular basis and formally bi annually (Board of Trustees and Executive Committee)

  • Being the focal point for the organization on issues related to SDH (to be confirmed depending on the identification of focal points for each priority action of the organization)