The Nordic Council of Minister NCM and the Nordic School of Public Health NHV recognise major efforts for health and well-being with the Public Health Prize. In 2013 the prize is awarded to Professor Peter Bjerregaard for his significant achievements for the indigenous peoples in the Nordic Region for several decades. The prize was presented by Minister for Health and Social Affairs, Göran Hägglund, in conjunction with the Nordic Health and Social Ministers meeting in Stockholm today.
With the Nordic Public Health Prize, the Nordic Council of Minister NCM and the Nordic School of Public Health NHV recognise major efforts for health and well-being in the Nordic Region. These include social, physical and mental conditions in the environment, factors that affect lifestyle but also the organisation and work of the health care and medical sectors. The award is given to an individual, organisation or institution which makes a considerable effort to improve public health in the Nordic countries.
In 2013 the prize is awarded to Professor Peter Bjerregaard with the justification, "For his significant achievements for the indigenous peoples in the Nordic Region for several decades. Professor Peter Bjerregaard has devoted his academic life to improving public health in Greenland through research, monitoring and development of the Greenlandic public health programmes. Peter Bjerregaard has researched public health amongst the Inuits in the Arctic polar circle".
"We are extremely proud, in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers, to present this prize to Peter Bjerregaard. Through his extensive work and commitment to public health in the Arctic population, Professor Bjerregaard has contributed to improving Nordic public health science in a very valuable way", said Marie Beckman Suurküla, Dean of the Nordic School of Public Health NHV.
"The Public Health Prize helps to set focus on the health of the indigenous people in the Nordic countries. There is a great need for measures tailored to the specific cultural and social conditions in the Arctic. The Nordic countries have good opportunities to promote human health in the Arctic area which is otherwise not given high priority at national level", said Professor Peter Bjerregaard.
Peter Bjerregaard works at the National Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark, where he has been Professor of Arctic Health since 1996. He is also affiliated with the Greenlandic Ministry of Health.
About the Nordic School of Public Health NHV
The Nordic School of Public Health NHV is a Nordic Council of Ministers (NMR) institution for higher education and research within in the area of public health. NHV offers advanced as well as research courses for professionally active people in the Nordic region. Each year, about 300 people are being educated here, whereof approximately 50 are PhD students and 150 are studying a Master’s degree in public health. The Nordic School of Public Health NHV is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden.