Paul Bloch has been appointed as the new head of the research group Diabetes Prevention under the auspices of the Health Promotion unit. Paul Bloch has been employed as a senior researcher at SDCC since 2010, and the Diabetes Prevention research group is welcoming onto its team a manager with a strong record of scientific research who will be able to contribute directly to strengthening and implementing prevention efforts in the diabetes area.
"We selected Paul via an open job advertisement and a meticulous recruitment process. He possesses precisely the unique qualities and qualifications that we require in order to enhance the Health Promotion unit's prevention efforts, and which will allow us to continue to make progress towards providing optimal treatment, improved quality of life and better prevention of diabetes, and to become a leader in the field both nationally and internationally," said Bjarne Bruun Jensen, Head of Health Promotion at SDCC.
Paul Bloch has contributed to developing Health Promotion's approach to prevention. This approach entails working with the supersetting approach and exploiting resources within the local community, as well as mobilising citizens to take on a share of the responsibility for improving health and prevention.
Work in marginalised local communities
As a senior researcher at SDCC, Mr Bloch headed the SoL project (health and the local community), which involved diabetes prevention in families with young children on Bornholm and which was supported by local organisations and institutions, supermarkets, clubs and associations, as well as the media. Since then the concept has been tested in Odsherred, and it is currently being implemented in Tingbjerg near Copenhagen, where it has been adapted for a socially-marginalised housing area.
"As the new head of research at SDCC I’m looking forward to continuing my work with projects such as the one we have launched in Tingbjerg, which is an area with its fair share of problems but which also has many resources and plenty of energy. I’m also looking forward to helping support and develop our many preventive efforts aimed at children and young people in collaboration with our researchers in this field. And finally I’ll be working to develop our internal collaboration across units at SDCC, so that everyone contributes to seeking out new opportunities for collaboration across units, approaches and skills to help strengthen prevention, treatment and quality of life for people with diabetes," said Paul Bloch.
Paul Bloch will also be working to develop the existing networks activities under the auspices of the SoL project and with Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD). In early February he will travel to China, where he will initiate negotiations on behalf of SDCC and CCD concerning opportunities for collaboration with various Chinese organisations. This may potentially lead to opportunities for collaboration across several units at SDCC.
Paul Bloch commences the position as head of research for prevention on 1 February.