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Can the health-promoting Salut Programme for children and parents contribute to the health of the population?

Research project The overall aim is to evaluate the long-term outcomes of the Salut Programme in relation to public health policy goals.

Evaluations of complex universal health promotion interventions for children and parents implemented in a "real" context are challenging. This project is based on our previous evaluation of the Salut Programme, where we used registry data to estimate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the strategy in the short term. The intention is to evaluate the long-term results of the Salut Programme and its impact on health inequalities.

Head of project

Anneli Ivarsson
Professor, senior consultant (attending) physician
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Project overview

Project period:

2018-01-01 2020-12-31

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics

Research subject

Public health and health care science

External funding

Forte

Project description

Evaluations of complex universal health promotion interventions implemented in a "real" context are challenging. The Salut Programme in Västerbotten is an ongoing multi-sectoral strategy with reinforced health promotion efforts for children and parents via the regional public sector.

The proposed project is based on our previous evaluation of the Salut initiative, where we used registry data to estimate the effect and cost-effectiveness of the strategy in the short term, for children born 2000-2002 (baseline) and 2006-2008 (when the intervention was introduced), as well as for the parents, up to the children were two years old (Feldman et al. 2016, Häggström et al. 2017). The results indicate that the Salut Programme is an effective intervention and has the potential to save money in the long term.

The intention is now to evaluate the long-term results of the Salut Programme in relation to the public health policy goals: maximizing public health and improving health equity while obtaining value for the money.

The project will be able to fill important knowledge gaps and contribute to the growing international evidence of health promotion initiatives for children. It will also contribute to method improvements to be able to carefully evaluate complex population studies based on public health and equality in health.

External funding