Helping People Flourish at Different Stages of Their Life

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Apr 26, 2019
by Martin Silva Rey
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Helping People Flourish at Different Stages of Their Life

Latest program of the Health and Health Care Innovation series explores the role business should have in creating more inclusive economies and improving health Photo by Justin Chrn on Unsplash

Where a person stands in the labor market – such as whether they have a job that pays enough to live on – is key to their financial security and well being.

Moreover, that person’s well being throughout their life is also crucial to employers, businesses and the economy as a whole. Inclusive economic growth has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business, economic development, and health. Despite this, joined-up strategies between businesses and health and economic policymakers are lacking.

There is a growing recognition the proceeds of economic growth should be shared more equally across the population, i.e., growth should be more inclusive. Such a strategy has the potential to be mutually beneficial to business and economic development sectors but also health.

From April 29 to May 2, cross-sector and cross-generational change-makers will convene at Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria,   to tackle complex challenges and bridge the worlds of business, health, and economic development. This highly interactive program will gather policymakers, business representatives, academics, and representatives from civil society.

Participants, working in groups, will focus on building new insights and aggregating perspectives and experiences from relevant sectors, areas of expertise and regions. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will provide the framework to achieve alignment across sectors. This four-day program  will pave the way for a Salzburg Statement and other policy recommendations concerning the future of work and its impact on health.

Several key questions will be considered, many of which address the impact of policymaking on the interrelation between business, inclusive growth and health. What policies, legislative and fiscal frameworks have been effective in promoting more inclusive economies? How can we ensure that policies support individuals to flourish at different stages of the life course?

Bridging Worlds: How Can We Use Business and Economic Development Strategies to Support Better Health? is part of the Health and Health Care Innovation series. This multi-year series was launched in 2010 to crystallize new approaches to global health and health care in the face of emerging challenges affecting us now and set to continue through the coming generation.    

The chair of the program is Fiona Adshead, independent expert advisor on well being, sustainability and public health, and former deputy chief executive of the global NCD Alliance. The program is sponsored and partnered by the Health Foundation.


The Salzburg Global Seminar program, Bridging Worlds: How Can We Use Business and Economic Development Strategies to Support Better Health?, is part of the Health and Health Care Innovation multi-year series. More information on this multi-year series is available here.