Projects addressing the wider determinants – non-health involvement
The “Coompanion Gothenburg” organisation in Sweden operates two separate projects designed to assist people excluded from working life. The company provides information to government authorities, agencies, companies, the entrepreneurial sector and associations about what ‘cooperative companies’, or social enterprises, involve. It thereby aims to encourage them to employ individuals that have been excluded from the labour market and to support such social enterprises. It also coordinates the ‘NoLimit Business Center’ which employs individuals that have been excluded from the labour market and serves as a model of a sustainable social enterprise.
While the NoLimit Business Centre did not include a specific health-promotion component, efforts were made at the end of the project to assess how it had contributed to people’s health. This reflects the strong link between employment and health and suggests that there is scope in such initiatives for collaboration with health promotion professionals to further enhance the project’s health-related outcomes.