The 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 with the support of Lund University and Region Skåne. The focus is on alcohol and other risk factors, such as tobacco, drugs, being 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 gains and treatment results for patients in Sweden and worldwide.
The WHO CC is at the Clinical Health Promotion Centre (CHPC) within the Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at Lund University. Since 2011, the CHPC has conducted excellent research on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of those addicted to alcohol, tobacco and drugs, and others affected by malnutrition, physical inactivity and comorbidity.
What is a WHO CC?
A WHO CC is an institution appointed by the WHO Director-General to carry out activities in support of WHO programs and policy framework:
Agenda 2030 which includes 17 global goals for sustainable development where "Goal 3 is to ensure that everyone can live a healthy life and work for the well-being of all people of all ages".
Overall, the 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 than ever before. 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.
Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which includes nine global goals, including 25% relative reduction in premature death due to NCDs by 2025.
Health 2020 consists of the common goal for all 53 member countries of WHO Europe and aims to support action across governments and society to: "Significantly improve the health and well-being of the population, reducing inequalities in health care, improve public health and ensure a person-centered health system that is universal, fair, sustainable and of high quality".