9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN16 Sociology of Health and Illness

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Inequalities and Social Revisions in European Health I Building I, 1E2

Diagnosis of an urban quarter: data and approaches for heqalth promotion and prevention in a disadvantaged quarter in Hamburg, Germany

The local health authority Hamburg-Eimsbüttel has developed a prevention programme for the disadvantaged quarter ?Lenzsiedlung? (Lenz residential area). This programme is implemented together with the ?Round Table for Health?. As part of the main focus on ?Prevention research? funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the department of Medical Sociology of the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf has taken on the accompanying analysis in a joint scientific-practical project.
The research project has two basic objectives: firstly, the development of local health reporting for further development of the local prevention programme and health promotion. Secondly, the programme is to be evaluated regarding its effectiveness. Here, the instrument ?Capacity Building in the Quarter? is applied, which was especially designed for this project.
The research project has provided a ?Diagnosis for the Quarter?, which describes the health and social situation in the ?Lenzsiedlung? and maps structures and capacities for health promotion and prevention. The ?Diagnosis for the Quarter? provides data from secondary statistical analysis regarding population and social structure and from two primary field researches: a survey of residents asking about utilisation and evaluation of offered services as well as a survey interviewing stakeholders about the development process of structural improvements and capacity building.
The complex approach of the ?Diagnosis for the Quarter? provides helpful and necessary findings for the stakeholders of local health authorities and their cooperation partners regarding the local social and health situation as well as the development status of activities and procedures. The results of the project were made available to the ?Round Table for Health?. Currently, stakeholders are discussing the findings with regard to a continued implementation of the prevention programme.However, it is still questionable whether the public health sector has enough resources to implement such a complex approach to establish an empirically sound basis for local health promotion and prevention.