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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH COMMUNICATORS: Supporting Health and Integration
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Health Science.
2007 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed) PublishedAlternative title
Internationella hälsokommunikatörer : främjar hälsa och integration (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In an increasingly globalized world it is important to globalize in a narrow perspective “at home” in one’s own local health service. Since one year an International Health Communicator Project is running in the County Council of Blekinge, Sweden. The aim is to elaborate health promotion and disease prevention focusing immigrants with foreign languages and cultures to support integration in the Swedish society, improve health literacy and reduce health inequities among this population. In the project a group of immigrants from different countries learn to International Health Communicators and to work as health promoters with immigrants, both as a population and as individuals, in order to bridge a gap to health services, facilitate understanding and capability, and to promote health. To strengthen a health promotion approach the project has a participatory approach both for education and evaluation. Together the International Health Communicators, the project leaders and a researcher elaborate the education and training to International Health Communicators, and have monthly “developing and evaluation” meetings to support the learning process and the International Health Communication developing process. In this process the challenge is to develop a model for health communication that is flexible and useful for different immigrant groups and individuals, consistent with empowerment and integration building in the forth dimension of health promotion in the 21st century. A summative evaluation of the first project year with structure, process and impact evaluation will be reported in March.

Abstract [sv]

I en alltmer globaliserad värld är det väsentligt att stärka globaliseringen i den enskilda lokala hälso- och sjukvårdsverksamheten. I Landstinget Blekinge pågår ett tvåårigt projekt inriktat på att utveckla hälsofrämjande och förebyggande arbete för invandrare med främmande språk och kulturer för att stödja integration i svenska samhället, öka hälsobildning och minska ojämlikhet i hälsa för denna befolkningsgrupp. I projektet utbildas invandrare från andra länder att arbeta som internationella hälsokommunikatörer med invandrare både som enskilda individer och befolkning för att vara en brobryggare till svensk hälso- och sjukvård, främja förståelse och integrering för utlandsfödda i Sverige samt stödja utveckling av egen förmåga att främja hälsa. För att stärka det hälsofrämjande arbetssättet har projektet en participatorisk ansats där projektdeltagarna aktivt medverkar i genomförande av utbildning och praktisk träning samt kontinuerligt reflekterar och följer upp projektets processer. Utmaningen i projektet är att utveckla en modell för hälsokommunikation som är flexibel och bygger på delaktighet samt främjar egenmakt och förmåga att främja integration och hälsa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vancouver, BC: IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion and Education), CCHPR (Canada Consortium for Health Promotion Research) , 2007.
Keyword [en]
health promotion, health communication, empowerment, participation
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6244Local ID: oai:bth.se:forskinfo5CDA610DCD05B6FCC125730E0043E265OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-6244DiVA: diva2:833693
Conference
The 19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health EducationHealth Promotion Comes of Age: Research, Policy & Practice for the 21st Century.
Available from: 2015-06-25 Created: 2007-07-04 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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