Initial situation and objectives
For 75 years, the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) has defined ‘health’ not merely as the absence of disease, but as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’ (WHO, 1946). The WHO’s definition certainly isn’t undisputed. However, it does present an opportunity to gain a better understanding of both increasing health inequality and the social aspects of health in general.
Experts from three universities and from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) have compiled different perspectives on the social aspects of health and transformed them into a common, interdisciplinary definition.
The shared objective of establishing a definition for ‘social health’ was based on the belief that, in order to develop public health, greater focus must be placed on social aspects. The results of this process, which lasted several days, will be published on this website and presented for discussion.
‘My research focuses on the role of religious models of interpretation in vaccine-sceptical discourse. This issue is inextricable from the context of the public and media arenas in which social health is negotiated. This workshop allowed me to engage constructively with a very topical issue in a highly interdisciplinary context.’
Ass. Prof. Andrea Rota
‘When it comes to health promotion, it’s important to establish a common understanding of social health in terms of social quality of life and cohesion. The workshop provided an opportunity to define this term in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary context.’
Dr. Sebastian Mader
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