Global Community Health Annual Workshop 4th edition – confirmed speakers

The fourth edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place from 4 till 6 June 2024 as an online event.

The main theme of this year’s workshop is ‘How can community health contribute to fighting poverty?’ The workshop will explore the root causes of poverty, and how poverty impacts community health. The value of community-based interventions – as a research method and also as a key health promotion strategy – should be recognised in this work. The workshop will be solution oriented. This year’s focus of capacity-building for the participants will be on ‘advocacy and activism’.

The workshop provides a space where community health and health promotion practitioners and policy makers can improve their skills and where researchers can gain in capacities to conduct community-based participatory research.


We are honoured to have excellent contributors from all over the world. A preview of the contributors:

  • Joyce Brown – Associate Professor Global Health / Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh – Professor, CEO of Lakeside Medical Center for Health Promotion, Director of Lakeside Education Trust and HP foundation, Bangalore, India, President of the Alliance for Health Promotion, Switzerland
  • Iffat Elbarazi – Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates 
  • Ange-Marie Nicodème Esse – Community Health Advocate, Co-Founder Health Access Initiative, Benin
  • Alice Lakati – Director of Research and Community Extension, Amref International University, Kenia
  • Alay Llamas – Project manager and teaching fellow for global health education and capacity-building activities, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Patricia Loayza Millan – Adviser on social development, La Paz, Bolivia
  • François Ndikumwenayo – Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Burundi University, Founder and Chairperson of Burundi NCD Alliance, Burundi
  • Alexis Nizigiyimana – Project manager at Burundi NCD Alliance, Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Village of Life, Burundi
  • Jennie Popay – Professor of Sociology and Public Health in the Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, UK
  • Amets Suess Schwend – Andalusian School of Public Health,  Area of International Health, University of Granada, Spain

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 consecutive days. To accommodate participants from all different time zones around the world, the workshop will be offered twice a day.

  • Block 1 will run from 10.00 – 13.30 Paris; 16.00 – 19.30 Beijing; 18.00 – 21.30 Melbourne.
  • Block 2 will run from 16.00 – 19.30 Paris; 7.00 – 10.30 Los Angeles; 11.00 – 14.30 Buenos Aires

It uses an interactive format ensuring active participation through a series of online lectures, combined with community heath hubs.

These community health hubs (smaller working groups) acknowledge our diversity and cultural dimensions and are offered in different languages including English, French, Spanish and other languages depending on the availability of facilitators. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences and build their regional and global networks.

The online lectures are held in the English language. We do not want language to be a barrier for participation. Therefore we are trying to organise simultaneous translation.


This interactive workshop will take place online and is free of charge. Practitioners, students, policy makers and researcher from different backgrounds from all over the world are welcome to join. You can register by completing the online registration form. Registration will close on Tuesday 28 May 2024, 16.00 CEST.

Organisers are the UNESCO Chair Global Health & EducationEHESP School of Public HealthInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Sante (RÉFIPS)University of Clermont Auvergne and University of Huddersfield.

For more information about the workshop, please visit the dedicated webpage.