Co-building new partnerships, policies and practices for health, social wellbeing, and sustainability
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World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Brazil
International Federation of Social Workers, Switzerland
World Federation of Public Health Associations, Switzerland
Public Services International, France
Publication date: 2023-04-27
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A861
It is largely agreed that health and wellbeing are socially determined. Yet, across the world, health and social service policies have primarily been designed separately with emphasis on each sector responding to an individual’s concern only after a problem has been identified. In countries with relatively well-funded welfare systems, the focus has been on the individual rather than the wellbeing of communities and the sustainability of life on Earth. The prolonged application of such policy approaches strips communities of their organic role and partnership in co-building healthy confident environments and lifestyles. Such policy approaches are also proposed, funded and exported by the global North to countries that are in the process of developing public services. This workshop, organised by The World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and the Public Services International (PSI), is a part of a rapidly evolving wider discussion on the need to rethink health, social services, public services and development. With memberships across the world, these four organisations are committed to co-designing new policy and delivery paradigms, beyond the integration of sectors, to promote sustainable development, including the public and communities as permanent partners in creating and organising services with people, rather than for people. A range of case study examples from countries with differing socio-economic contexts will be presented illustrating that building partnerships between integrated public services and the people can significantly improve the health and well-being of populations in relatively short timeframes with or without additional funding requirements. Workshop participants will be invited to share their experiences and observations and to become a part of this movement that is rethinking the philosophy, relationships, values, strategies and partnerships for sustainable well-being.
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