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The Wellbeing Policy Turn: Four Central Government Initiatives and the Role of Public Health
The wellbeing of the population has long been a concern for central governments but over time, the measurement of how a country is doing has come to rely largely on economic benchmarks such as average revenue or Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In a rapidly changing world, faced with a global pandemic, economic uncertainly, and climate change, a turn towards a more robust and people-centred way of accounting for how populations are faring has been undertaken in several jurisdictions. This turn toward wellbeing policy-making practices leads us to wonder what role public health can and has played.

This webinar will introduce the recent trend toward wellbeing policy-making by looking at how this change has emerged and especially, reports on the wellbeing policies of four central governments. By looking at how the policies put forth in Scotland, New Zealand, Finland, and Wales are structured, we will look at how these policies connect with public health concerns and the role that public health played in these cases.

This webinar is particularly intended for public health practitioners, decision makers, and researchers who are relatively new to wellbeing policies. For those already familiar with wellbeing approaches, it will provide insights into the development of these policies by four central governments and the potential contributions of public health to wellbeing policies.

This webinar is brought to you by the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy (NCCHPP).

Please note that this webinar will be recorded and that the recording will be made available on our website.

Dec 13, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Val Morrison
Scientific Advisor @National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
Val has been a scientific advisor at the NCCHPP since 2008. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from Concordia University and pursued PhD course work and comprehensive examinations in social stratification, cultural theory, and research methodology in the sociology department at Carleton University. Her projects at the Centre have mostly been in the area of Health Inequalities: intersectionality; policy approaches to reducing health inequalities; and wicked problems. Recently, she has contributed to the project Analyzing Public Policies, by looking into public policy competencies for public health, and to the Population Mental Health and Wellness project by working on wellbeing budgets.