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Escuela de Salud Pública de Menorca
Del 16 al 25 de septiembre de 2019
Llatzeret de Maó (Menorca)
Institut Menorquí d'Estudis - Camí des Castell, 28 - 07702 Maó (Menorca) - Tel. 971 351500 -

Driving social change and improving health and wellbeing: An introduction to systems resilience. CURSO COMPLETO

Jennie Popay. Lancaster University
Ana Porroche-Escudero. Lancaster University
Llatzeret de Maó
23, 24 y 25 de septiembre de 2019
Del lunes 23 al miércoles 25, de 9.30 a 14.30 h.
The concept of resilience is typically presented as a property of individuals, communities, organizations or service sectors such as the health system. Resilience is understood to be the “capacity to endure, adapt and generate new ways of thinking and functioning” in the context of change, uncertainty or adversity. As evidence of the negative impacts of global recession on social and health inequalities accumulates, health policy attention has turned to the question of how the resilience of communities bearing the brunt of these inequalities can be enhanced. As a consequence, there is a growing call to focus on a systems resilience approach.

There are two typical approaches to enhancing resilience in community medicine and public health. At one end of the spectrum the focus is on self-empowerment and ‘do it yourself’ initiatives, enabling citizens to act for themselves. At the other end of the spectrum, problem solving is characterised by hierarchical decision-making where those at the top determine the priorities. In this course we will look critically at why these dominant approaches to resilience in community medicine and public health are problematic and how they may risk increasing health inequalities. We will examine how work on resilience has failed to engage with issues around power inequalities, control and socio-commercial and political determinants of health and their links with health and disease.

The course will introduce the concept of systems resilience that emphasises releasing the capacities of all the actors, institutions, objects and processes within a neighbourhood system. Participants will reflect what a systems approach might offer to health and wellbeing, individually and collectively. At the end of the course participants will be better equipped to become an agent for change in population health.

How will you learn

The course is interactive and participatory and includes theoretical and conceptual and experiential learning. Teaching methods include presentations, discussions, hands-on exercises, case studies and groupwork. Prior to the course you will be asked to think of a specific project you are working with and its relationship to the concept of system resilience.
1. To gain a deeper awareness and understanding of diferent meanings of resilience in relation to public health and community health.
2. To understand how (em)power(ment) and “control over destiny” are influenced by the social, commercial and political determinants of health.
3. To understand how power inequality and “control over destiny” affects health and disease, individually and collectively.
4. To explore the implications of dominant approaches to resilience for health inequalities.
5. To become familiar with the concept of systems resilience.
6. To be able to identify steps, tools, methodologies and stakeholders to enhance system resilience.
7. To be able to apply these considerations to analyse, design and evaluate system-based projects and interventions with greater potential to impact upon more people across the social gradient.
Day 1. Building resilience awareness

In this session we will introduce the concept of resilience. Participants will consider ways in which resilience is affected by issues of power and control.

1. Introductions
2. Expectations
3. What is resilience?
4. Individual resilience, community resilience
5. Power inequality and social, commercial and political determinants of health
6. Resilience, power and control

Day 2. Approaches to resilience in public health and policy

This session presents a number of approaches to building resilience from diferent parts of the world. It analyses myths, facts and impacts of each of these on health inequalities. We will also introduce the concept of systems resilience.

Day 3. Strategies for building systems resilience

The activities in this session are designed to support workshop participants to use their analytical skills and adquired understanding of systems resilience to analyse, design, and evaluate projects and/or interventions that have the potential to contribute to reducing inequalities in health. In this session, participants will use the Health Inequalities Assessment Toolkit ( to assess risk of increasing inequalities and to consider how to design projects and/or interventions in a way that have greater potential for more people across the social gradient.
This workshop is appropriate for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, researchers, a wide range of professionals including policy makers, healthcare professionals, commissioners, donors, social change agents, charity and voluntary sector workers and anyone interested in promoting resilience.
150 euros
Idioma del curso: inglés



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