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National public health policy in a local context: implementation in two Swedish municipalitis
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3440-296X
HEMIL-sentret, Universitetet i Bergen.
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3787-1040
2011 (English)In: Health Policy, ISSN 0168-8510, E-ISSN 1872-6054, Vol. 103, no 2-3, p. 219-227Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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OBJECTIVES: In 2003 the wide-ranging Swedish National Public Health Policy (SNPHP), with a focus on health determinants, was adopted by the Swedish parliament. In the context of multilevel governance, SNPHP implementation is dependent on self-governed municipalities and counties. The aim of the study is, from a municipal perspective, to investigate public-health policies in two municipalities. METHODS: Content analysis of documents and interviews provided a foundation for an explorative case study. RESULTS: The SNPHP at national level is overriding but politically controversial. At local level, a health-determinants perspective was detectable in the policies implemented, but none regarding to health equality. At local level, the SNPHP is not regarded as implementable; rather, limited parts have, to varying degrees, been reconciled with local public-health goals, according to municipal needs and conditions. A success-promoting factor in the two municipalities was the presence of committed and knowledgeable actors/implementers. Also, the municipality with a more centrally controlled and stable party-political leadership succeeded better in implementing structural and intersectoral community-wide policies for coordinated local health promotion. CONCLUSIONS: The contents of national and local public-health policies differ, and municipalities that have implemented their own local health policies do not seem to regard the SNPHP as justifiable or adoptable. If the SNPHP overall aim regarding equal health is to be achieved homogeneously in Swedish municipalities, its contents and purpose need clearer management and negotiation, so that implementation of the national policy locally is understandable and motivated.

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Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 103, no 2-3, p. 219-227
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10098DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2011.08.013ISI: 000297872400014PubMedID: 21956048Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-80255123759OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10098DiVA, id: diva2:337832
Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-08-09 Last updated: 2018-10-16Bibliographically approved

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