Clinical Health Promotion Centre was designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC) for Implementation of Evidence-based Clinical Health Promotion in February 2016 and is a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO), the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Lund University and Region Skåne. The focus is on alcohol and other risk factors, such as tobacco, drugs, overweight, malnutrition, physical inactivity and co-morbidity (noncommunicable diseases).
The centre integrates research, training and education on implementation of clinical health promotion to improve health gain and treatment results for patients, in Sweden and world-wide.
The WHO CC is placed at Clinical Health Promotion Centre (CHPC) at the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. CHPC has since 2011 conducted excellent research on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, nutrition, physical inactivity and comorbidity.
A WHO CC is an institution appointed by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of WHO programs and policy framework:
Health 2020 consist of the common goal for all 53 member countries of WHO Europe and aims to support action across government and society to: "Significantly improve the health and wellbeing of the population, reducing inequalities in health care, improve public health and ensure person-centered health system that is universal, fair, sustainable and of high quality "
Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of noncommunicable diseases (NCD), which includes nine global goals, including 25% relative reduction in premature death of NCD 2025.
Agenda 2030 which includes 17 global goals for sustainable development where goal nr 3 is to ensure that everyone can live a healthy life and work for everyone's well-being at all ages.
Overall, a main challenge is how to move from evidence to implementation. On average, it takes about 10 years from gathering evidence to implementation and innovative approaches to implementation are required instead of just giving more of the same. Therefore the WHO CC will work with fast track implementation, which is more necessary then ever. The fast track implementation approach requires collaboration across borders and knowledge and experience sharing of best evidence-based practice. The bridging includes local, national and international levels, as well as primary and secondary care and other sectors – across different hospital departments, patient and staff groups.
The research at the WHO CC focuses on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, overweight, malnutrition, physical inactivity and comorbidity and aims to improve the health benefit for the individual patient, health services and society as a whole.