Väinö Kannisto Award 2019

31.10.2019

In 1997 Dr. Väinö Kannisto received the Longevity Prize from the French IPSEN Foundation in recognition of his distinguished career in the field of demography. He donated the prize to the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) as the founding capital for the Väinö Kannisto Fund, which bears his name. The Fund bestows the award every other year in recognition for the best demographic thesis in the field of mortality and health research.

Väinö Kannisto Award of the year 2019 is granted to Ms. Shadia Rask for her doctoral dissertation Diversity and Health in the Population: Findings on Russian, Somali and Kurdish origin populations in Finland.

The PhD examined mobility limitations, mental health symptoms and perceived discrimination in three population groups that comprise more than one fourth of the foreign-born population in Finland. A high prevalence of mobility limitation and mental health symptoms was found as compared to the general population. Perceived discrimination was found to increase the odds for poor health, also for those reporting subtle discrimination only. The study encourages future population research to recognize the constructed and changing nature of groups and explore population health beyond the dichotomist frame of “us” and “them”.

The Award of 1 000 Euros will be donated to Ms. Shadia Rask in a seminar of the Finnish Demographic Society in Lammi on the 31st  October.

More information

Shadia Rask, Research Manager, Finnish institute for health and welfare
029 524 85378, shadia.rask(at)thl.fi

Anna Rotkirch, Director, Reseach Professor, Population Research Institute
040 776 3086, anna.rotkirch(at)vaestoliitto.fi

 

Rask, Shadia. Diversity and Health in the Population: Findings on Russian, Somali and Kurdish origin populations in Finland. Dissertation: Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2018. ISBN 978-951-51-4168-2 http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:ISBN 978-951-51-4169-9