Increased social equity in health through socially differentiated and cross-sectoral efforts

Social inequality in smoking is a major issue for public health
Photo: Jacques Perreault, Unsplash

About the project

The aim of the research programme is to achieve greater social equity in the citizen's encounter with health care services by developing, testing and evaluating a number of targeted efforts.

Inequality in health is a major issue for public health. The inequality can be geographical, economic, social etc. We use our data from the "How are you?" surveys, to identify inequality in collaboration with municipalities and other actors. In combination with other data, we use this to develop courses of treatment and new cooperation models within subjects such as heart rehabilitation, loneliness, psychiatry and prolonged symptoms of COVID.

An important part of the work on inequality in health is the acquisition of health competences. For each individual, that means the ability and resources to use health information to make decisions about one's own health. That task should be carried out by hospitals, doctors and other health institutions. In addition, these actors must also ensure that those who require additional support will be provided the necessary assistance in order not to further increase the inequality in society.

"Increased social equity in health through socially differentiated and cross-sectoral efforts" is a strategic research programme funded by Central Denmark Region.


All of our projects are carried out in collaboration with hospitals, municipalities, patients/citizens, patient organisations and relatives, to ensure that our research will make a difference where it counts. This will be done in collaboration with the region's hospitals, municipalities, the Platform for Inequality Research at Aarhus University (PIREAU) centre and a number of patient organisations.


Thomas Maribo, research director at DEFACUM, is PI of this programme.

Expected impact

As the already planned projects in the programme differ significantly in aim and scope the programme is expected to have a wide-ranging impact. Key areas of expected impact are:

  • identification of social inequity and the need for socially differentiated efforts
  • acquisition of health competences
  • development of efforts aimed at reducing health inequalities.