Health inequalities are rising in Denmark, and the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged is getting bigger and bigger. For example, the most disadvantaged have a greater risk of diseases, as they live ten years less than the most financially and educationally sound.
At the National Institute of Public Health we have a broad perspective on research in health inequalities.
We research social, socio-economic, spatial/geographical and gender differences, and the social processes and mechanisms behind inequalities, as well as the impact of inequalities on health and their consequences both for the individual and for society as a whole.
In addition, we develop and carry out preventive interventions whose goal is to reduce health inequalities.
We also develop measurement methods for health inequalities and investigate whether structural changes affect them.