Copenhagen’s health policy
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The City of Copenhagen has developed a new health policy for the period 2006–2010. The health policy was developed in close cooperation with the various administrations and committees of the City. Experts from universities and other sectors were also involved in the process. The policy’s main goals are that the citizens of Copenhagen should live longer and live a healthier life. Another important goal is to reduce social inequality in health.
The health policy lines up eight priority fields of intervention to improve the health of Copenhagen citizens: healthy lifestyles among children, youth, adults and older people; health among ethnic minorities; healthy working life; healthy urban planning; abuse of alcohol and narcotics; social inequality in health; rehabilitation; and research in health. Several strategic goals and indicators have been developed for each field.
Copenhagen has focused on developing targets that can easily be measured at the end of the policy period. The indicators of the policy are very precise and will be used to assess whether the strategic goals are achieved. An example of an indicator is: “the proportion of adults in Copenhagen who smoke daily is reduced from 28% to 22% or less”.
The data from the Copenhagen 2005 City Health Profile have enabled the precise indicators to be developed. The City of Copenhagen is planning to prepare a new health profile by the end of the policy period to monitor whether the targets of the health policy have been achieved. To transform the policy into action, 11 action plans have been developed. The action plans line up health promotion activities that all contribute to reaching the targets. The action plans are being developed with the involvement of all the administrations in the City.
Objectives of the Good Practice
The policy’s main goals are that the citizens of Copenhagen should live longer and live a healthier life. Another important goal is to reduce social inequality in health. The policy will be realized during the years 2006-2010.
Participants of the Good Practice
Various administrations and committeess of the city, as well as experts from universities and other sectors were involved.
Target group of the Good Practice
Good practice was mainly aimed for: children, youth, adults and older people and health among ethnic minorities.
More Details of the Good Practice
Birgitte Gade Koefoed
Depuyt head of department
MD, public health specialist, PhD
Health and Care Administration
City of Copenhagen
2200 Copenhagen N
Telephone: 35 30 37 33
Data sources and references
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region