Public health partnerships between regional governments and universities within the WHO's Europe Regions for health network (RHN)

Public health partnerships between regional governments and universities within the WHO's Europe Regions for health network (RHN)

Illustration of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

In this project we want to identify and describe sustainable partnerships, and investigate important barriers and facilitators for sucsess.

prosjekt

About/Aims
Background

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the development of partnerships is described as an important tool for achieving goals and obtaining sustainability. Partnerships can be described as voluntary, equal and binding agreement between different stakeholders about cooperation and efforts towards a common goal. Partnerships are especially seen as a necessary and important factor within the idea of governance and for solving complex “wicked problems” - such as social inequality in health.

Objective

The overall aim of this project is to provide more knowledge about public health partnerships in different regions in Europe, and to elucidate upon how local and regional academic environments best can participate in governance partnerships, and add value to the aim of improving public health. Specific aims are to:

-Identify and describe examples of research/regional partnerships working to improve public health within RHN regions.

-Identify criteria for success and barriers to failure.

The project will use a mixed methods approach (questionnaires, site visits, qualitative group interviews).

More about the project

The project is conducted as a collaboration between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Østfold University College (HiØ), Viken County, and WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development.