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Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region

30th October 2013

The final report of the ‘Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region’ is being launched today. The full report and executive summary are now available on their website.

The launch conference will be available to watch via a live web feed from 10am.

The event includes a number of expert speakers, including WHO and IHE representatives. A full agenda is available here. Regular updates will also be available on Twitter, using the tag #BridgeHealthDivide. You can also follow them on – @TheMarmotReview.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe commissioned this review of social determinants of health and the health divide to identify actions needed to address health inequities within and between countries across the 53 Member States of the European Region. The conclusions and recommendations of the review informed the development of Health 2020, the new European policy framework for health and well-being – along with a companion study on governance for health in the 21st century.

The European review builds on the global evidence and recommends policies to ensure progress can be made in reducing health inequities and the health divide across all countries, including those with low incomes. It provides numerous case studies – examples and experiences of addressing social determinants of health and health inequities in the Region. One of the key goals of the review was to identify what can be implemented with sufficient scale and intensity to make a difference across the diverse contexts of the European Region.

This review was carried out by a cross-disciplinary consortium of Europe’s leading experts, chaired by Sir Michael Marmot and supported by a joint secretariat from the Institute and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The review was informed and shaped by the work of 13 task groups and guided by a senior advisory board.

Press releases from the IHE and WHO are available on the press page of our website. They also have a number of other European reports on the ‘Europe’ area of our website. These include both those published by the IHE and partners, and also external but related reports on health inequalities and the social determinants across Europe.


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