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Mind and body – Population health and wellbeing in Greenland

Organized by the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe), University of Copenhagen and CSR Greenland 7. September 2017

This session is focused on public health and projects that aim to improve the overall health and well-being of the Greenlandic population by focusing on individual everyday life habits and perceptions as well as on societal and cultural practices.

Saturday, October 14, 08:00 - 09:00 
Location: Ríma A, Ground Level

Indigenous populations in the Arctic are undergoing rapid changes and face large challenges regarding their health and well-being. Based on large population-based health surveys conducted repeatedly since 1993, Greenland has been able to monitor the public health challenges and the transition from infectious diseases towards more lifestyle-related diseases and increasingly challenges related to mental health and well-being.

In this session, we present research on public health and mental well-being, healthy ageing and health promotion through the workplace. Whereas the overview of major challenges in public health and mental health serves as a conceptual framework of understanding the problems, the presented projects about healthy ageing and health promotion through the workplace are examples of solutions.

Speakers: 

  • Peter Bjerregaard, National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark/ University of Greenland: Major public health challenges in Greenland.
  • Christina VL Larsen, National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark/ University of Greenland: Mental health in Greenland and Arctic perspectives on mental health promotion
  • Tenna Jensen, Copenhagen Centre for Health Research in the Humanities (CoRe), University of Copenhagen: Healthy ageing in the Arctic.
  • Lotte Frank Kirkegaard, CSR Greenland: Promoting health through the work place.