What’s special about Healthy Start
”For several reasons, I have enjoyed working at Healthy Start in the past few years. To begin with, I would like to underline the societal mission. There is great inequality of opportunity in our society. These differences can arise very early on. A child who is born with a disadvantage often has to fight throughout life. Within Healthy Start, research is done on both the youngest and young adults. This involves looking at physical, mental and social health. Resulting in a complete picture of how, where and why inequality arises and what can be done about it.
What further appeals to me is the way the research is done. Within Healthy Start, research questions are not determined by science, but by what is going on in society. In addition, we encourage scientists to collaborate with others right from the start of a project. We make a distinction between so-called ‘interdisciplinary’ and ‘transdisciplinary’ collaboration. Interdisciplinary collaboration is about collaboration between scientists from different disciplines. Transdisciplinary collaboration goes one step further. This concerns collaborations between scientists and other stakeholders, such as policy officers, parents, teachers, young adultsand social workers. Transdisciplinary collaboration, in particular, requires researchers to have strong communication skills and the ability to step outside their usual frameworks.”