Prevention and health promotion in Danish municipalities
Danish municipalities carry the primary responsibility for prevention and health promotion directed at the general population. One of the central challenges to the municipalities is to establish collaboration on matters of prevention, both internally between different administrative areas and externally in relation to e.g. local community organizations, educational institutions and businesses.
The politics and practice project take an anthropological perspective on exploring how Danish municipalities practice and organize prevention and health promotion to lower the social inequality in health. The aim of the project is to elucidate the political and organizational conditions for successful prevention and health promotion at the municipality level.
Facilitative values and knowledge in practice
In particular the project will explore the valuing, occurring in prevention work within the three areas of practice: the political, the administrative and the project implementation.
We wish to explore which values and which knowledge that inform the considerations and discussions at the administrative level, how this inform the political decision in relation to the implementation as well as to the evaluation of concrete, cross-sectional project.
In particular the project will explore the valuing, occurring in prevention work within the three areas of practice: the political, the administrative and the project implementation. We wish to explore, which values and knowledge inform the considerations and discussions at the administrative level, how this informs the political decision as well as in relation to the implementation and evaluation of concrete, cross-sectional project.
The different municipality practices will be studied through ethnographic methods of participant observation and interviews in four Danish municipalities with different financial, political and socioeconomic conditions. We expect these conditions to affect the interventions that are implemented with the intention to reduce social inequality in health and in the more general prevention work in the municipalities.
Spring/summer 2012: Interviews with health administration offices and prevention teams in a number of Danish municipalities.
Autumn 2012 – spring 2013: Ethnographic fieldwork in four Danish municipalities purposefully selected from the information obtained through the interviews.
Summer, autumn, winter 2013: Data processing and analysis of the ethnographic material.