The 5th Sweden-Brazilian Workshop
Banco do Brazil Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Writeup by Amy Heshmati

Conference participants
Conference participants (Photo credit: Amy Heshmati)

The 5th Swedish-Brazilian Workshop took place at the Banco do Brazil Cultural Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the 5-7 April 2017. The workshop is an exchange programme between researchers at CHESS, Sweden; the Aging Research Center (ARC) at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden; the Institute of Social Medicine (IMS) at Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil; the Institute of Public Health at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil; and the National School of Public Health at FioCruz, Brazil. The programme is funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior” (CAPES).

The 5th Swedish-Brazilian Workshop: Health and Society
The 5th Swedish-Brazilian Workshop: Health and Society

The workshop had a broad theme of ‘Health and Society’, which encompassed several lines of research and included topics on social determinants of health; work and health; income inequality, segregation and health; education and health; environmental health; and pharmacoepidemiology. Presentations were given by researchers, doctoral students and research assistants, and were followed by lively discussions.

Six delegates from CHESS participated in the workshop: Mikael Rostila, Susanna Toivanen, Hélio Adelino Manhica, Vanda Aronsson, Mia Granvik and Amy Heshmati. CHESS researchers presented the following: Research into self-employment and health (Susanna Toivanen); The role of psychosocial work environment in explaining health risks in human service occupations and other occupations (Vanda Aronsson); Education, working life and health in intercountry adoptees and young refugees who came to Sweden as teenagers: a national cohort study (Hélio Adelino Manhica); Effective schools, school segregation and the link with school achievement (Mia Granvik); and Early life characteristics, social mobility during childhood and risk of stroke in later life: findings from a Swedish cohort (Amy Heshmati).

CHESS delegates Hélio Adelino Manhica, Vanda Aronsson, Amy Heshmati, Mia Granvik, and Susanna Toivanen
CHESS delegates Hélio Adelino Manhica, Vanda Aronsson, Amy Heshmati, Mia Granvik, and Susanna Toivanen (Photo credit: Amy Heshmati)

The workshop provided numerous opportunities to network with our Brazilian counterparts and many fruitful discussions were held both formally and informally at the workshop. Discussions continued during our social activities at a Choro concert, at the workshop dinner, and whilst hiking the Pedra do Telégrafo trail. 

(Photo credit: Amy Heshmati)
(Photo credit: Amy Heshmati)