Revitalization of the GWG on SDH

Given the establishment of a potential Interest Group on SDH and taking into account past participation of the GWG, there is a need to reconstitute this group’s membership, including co-chairs, to ensure more focused, systematic action. This will involve active recruitment of interested individuals who have the time available to undertake GWG activities and who are willing to work in a proactive manner as part of a group effort. Individuals who are interested in this area but have limited time commitment will be encouraged to participate in an SDH interest group.


Contribution to the Scientific Programme of the IUHPE World Conference on HP (Pattaya August 2013)

The GWG on SDH will contribute to the development of the scientific program of the 2013 IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion (Pattaya) by proposing activities in relation to Social Determinants of Health (sub-plenaries, symposium, workshops etc). In that perspective, there has been a proposition, still under verification, in terms of providing some follow up to the work that was done by the South East Asia region in preparation of the Rio Conference.


Development of a position paper and key messages for the organization regarding the SDH agenda

In response to the CSDH, the Rio Conference and Declaration of Rio as well as other key follow up events, the GWG on SDH will contribute in collaboration with the IUHPE strategic Committee to the development of a position paper and key messages that will position the organization with respect to SDH.


Conduct research entitled “Mainstreaming the Social Determinants of Health agenda: perspectives from across the globe”

This research project is led by Penny Hawe (University of Calgary), member of the GWG on SDH. This research aims at understanding why and how some countries are showing more success in preserving a SDH agenda in health promotion than others. Based on the recognition of the existing gap between the agenda of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and the position of certain countries that are dominated by a health behaviour and risk factor agenda, this global `wisdom-gathering` study aims to surface the successful and unsuccessful strategies that health promotion policy makers are using to drive the SDH agenda in health promotion. The research will conduct a set of approximately 30 interviews, in 4 different languages with high officials in about 16 countries with the intention to use their experience in reshaping the approach in this field which could help to improve the integration of SDH agenda into the policies of governments various political persuasions.


Contribute to the Global program on Health Promotion Effectiveness

The GPHPE is concerned with how to stimulate the evaluation of effectiveness, champion the development of appropriate tools and methods to do so, and espouse the implementation of this body of knowledge to its best use in practice and for advocacy.

A framing document is currently in the process of development. The IUHPE GWG on SDH has been invited to contribute to a chapter on social determinants of health.

The chapter will need to address methodological issues, theoretical issue, the policy making processes and implementation and evaluation in relation to SDH.

The proposed invited chapter is: the development agenda: Equity, poverty alleviation and social determinants.


Contribute Chapter on SDH to the Global Handbook on NCDs and Health Promotion

This handbook has been conceived and will be edited by Dr. David McQueen. He has explained the book’s rationale as follows: “The public health world of chronic diseases (globally often called non-communicable diseases) and health promotion has grown significantly in the past three decades and the complexities are now truly appreciated. However, there is no single comprehensive offering that represents the breadth of present day work and challenges in this area. There are numerous publications that address a single risk factor for chronic disease or single diseases, but little that takes on the full complexity of chronic disease and health promotion efforts globally. This handbook will address the major challenges that stem from taking a comprehensive view of this subject.”