7th - 8th November 2018: Swiss Public Health Conference
The theme of the Swiss Public Health Conference 2018 was "Social Science for Public Health".
The conference took place on November 7 & 8, 2018 at the University of Neuchâtel.
Our health, both as individuals and members of the society, depends on several factors, including our genetic heritage and behaviour, the environmental conditions we live in, as well as our access to quality healthcare. Even though the latter contributes only 15 to 20 percent to our health conditions, the health costs almost entirely flow to this sector, as our healthcare system is essentially oriented to providing medical care for unhealthy people. The associated steady increase in health insurance premiums is one of the biggest sources of concern for the Swiss population, especially for families, and therefore dominates the public debate on health policies.
Social sciences help us understand individual and collective health beyond the biomedical framework. They help us understand how the social environment, concrete living conditions and behaviour influence our health. From this, public health options can be developed that can complement our health care system.
What can social sciences contribute to promoting health enhancing policies? What are the opportunities and challenges of such an approach? How do we translate recommendations into practice? These were the central questions of the Swiss Public Health Conference 2018.
A diverse program was organized with contributions from research, practice and policy. https://sphc.ch/en/