Session 1 - Ensuring equal access to health: lessons from Covid-19
From Michael Strange on 1 December, 2020
The PHED Malmö-Lund Commission on the Future of Healthcare Post Covid-19
Lina Al-Nahar, Founder and project leader of Artcovid and research assistant at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University
Solvig Ekblad, Professor of Multicultural Health and Care Research at Karolinska Institutet and licensed psychologist at the Academic Primary Health Care Center in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lina al-Nahar’s presentation addresses unequal health, exclusion and the importance of accurate communication/information. Lina is the founder and project leader of Artcovid, an interprofessional working group for adjusted health information regarding Covid-19. During the spring the Public Health Agency of Sweden had the responsibility to keep the population informed regarding the virus but not everyone had the possibility to adapt to the recommendations. Lina saw the need for adjusted information to some populations. Her work has developed collaborations between different professions in both Lund, Gothenburg and Stockholm. Lina is also a research assistant at the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine of Lund University. She has been interviewed in Swedish newspapers such as Sydsvenskan, Expressen, Dagens arena as well as Radio Sweden.
Solvig Ekblad presents her ongoing project “Protective measures against Covid-19: A Qualitative study of barriers and own strategies in vulnerable areas and evaluation of participation of participants in a revised and meaningful information on infectious disease”.
Solvig has vast experience, among others working as a group leader at the Stress Research Institute, as guest professor at Malmö University and co-directing the two-week Harvard course "Global Mental Health: trauma and recovery". She has a long list of publications and many international collaborations. She is a member of the “Right to Care Initiative” and has engaged in the debate regarding migrants and health in society, with various articles published in Swedish national newspapers and the Swedish Physicians’ Magazine (Läkartidningen).