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Lifelong learning for health webinar 1/3 – Conceptualizing, raising awareness and developing policies – 1 June 2022

Lifelong learning for health webinar 1/3 – Conceptualizing, raising awareness and developing policies – 1 June 2022

he UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education (GHE) will co-host this webinar as part of a series aimed at developing a roadmap for the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities, adopted at the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5) in October 2021. The webinar will take place on 1 June 2022, from 13.00 – 14.30 CEST.

This is the first webinar in a three-part webinar series entitled ‘Lifelong learning for health: Enacting the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities’. This first webinar will look at ways of conceptualizing lifelong learning for health (LLLH) so that it can be adapted to different city contexts. It will also address raising awareness of the importance of cities for spearheading LLLH initiatives, including initiatives promoting health literacy and citizenship for health. In addition, the webinar will explore the plausibility of establishing city-level intersectoral taskforces who oversee LLLH policy. 

More specifically, the following thematic focuses will be on the agenda: 

  • Thematic Focus 1: Conceptualizing LLLH in order to build policies that recognize local contexts and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals; 
  • Thematic Focus 2: Raising awareness of and garnering private and public support for cities to facilitate LLLH promotion, including for health literacy and citizenship for health; 
  • Thematic Focus 3: Establishing intersectoral taskforces to initiate and oversee LLLH policy development. 

The webinar will be held in English, French and Spanish.

For more information and registration.

About the webinar series 

This three-part webinar series will result in a final co-created roadmap for the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning CitiesUNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members will work towards the development of LLLH policies, inventories of initiatives and step-by-step action plans to build a health learning pathway for all. For cities and partners beyond the UNESCO GNLC, the webinars are an opportunity to join a rich exchange on LLLH policy development and initiatives and explore the diverse learning city development processes of UNESCO GNLC members. This could serve as a starting point for further involvement and, in some cases, future membership in the network. 

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Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd edition – register now

Global Community Health Annual Workshop 2nd edition – register now

The second edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place on 28, 29 and 30 June 2022 as an online event. The main theme of this year’s workshop is ‘How to build resilient communities for times of crises’. The theme will be explored through different sub-themes, such as emergency health and social protection, offering a broad perspective on the diversity of practices of community health worldwide. 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.

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 consecutive days from 11.30 CEST till 15.00 CEST. 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 Arabic, English, French and Spanish. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences, build their regional and global networks and work with other group members on their assignment. The online lectures are held in the English language.

Registration

This year’s workshop is free of charge. Practitioners, students, policy makers and researchers from all over the world are welcome to join. You can register by completing the online registration form. Participants submitting the assignment on a community health topic will have their efforts credited by a certificate of attendance delivered by the UNESCO Chair.

The second edition of the Global Community health Annual Workshop is organised by the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education, EHESP School of Public Health and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education IUHPE.

For more information see the dedicated webpage.

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Online course on Rights, Sex & Education available in English and French in June

Online course on Rights, Sex & Education available in English and French in June

The UNESCO Chair Sexual Health & Human Rights is offering the English version of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Rights, Sex & Education” as well as its original French version in June 2022. They have created new mini-MOOCs on human rights and sexual health with new content, new experts, new formats, which will all be available on a new platform in mid-June! From comics to animated videos, Q&A’s with experts and detailed infographics, they have worked on a dynamic concept that lasts less than 1 hour per mini-MOOC.

Follow them on Instagram @mysexmyrights and check out their website to be updated on the launch of the new “Rights, Sex & Education” mini-MOOCs!

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Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research – vol. 1 available

Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research – vol. 1 available

The first volume of the Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research: Mapping health promotion research, is now available. It is the result of a collaborative work, launched in May 2020 by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities, to structure the field of health promotion research.

The book is available on the Springer website.

An ambition: to structure the field of health promotion research

Health promotion, defined as a strategy (a set of coordinated intersectoral actions) aimed at contributing to social change to improve the health of all and reduce health inequalities, has been adopted in many countries. However, the field of health promotion research remains insufficiently structured and lacks the solid foundations of a defined and recognised set of paradigms, approaches and methods. Therefore the UNESCO Chair and the Canada Research Chair launched the project to publish a Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research with the aim to contribute to structuring the field of health promotion research and mobilising the researchers involved.

A global collaborative initiative

The handbook will map, organize and structure the field of health promotion research. The handbook includes original contributions from 173 researchers from 72 countries, and aims to explore the key theoretical, methodological, empirical and policy challenges, and pressing social issues facing health promotion research.

The Handbook consists of three distinct volumes:

  1. Mapping health promotion research
  2. Framing health promotion research (a systematic description of the epistemological and ethical framework of health promotion research)
  3. Doing health promotion research (a compilation of health promotion research paradigms, approaches and methods). 

Journal Global Health Promotion – New section “Doing Health Promotion Research” 

Because it is impossible to claim an exhaustive description of research practices in one book and because the field is constantly evolving, we wanted to create a space to continue to publish and share articles to enrich this material and keep this initiative alive. Therefore a new section has been created within the journal Global Health Promotion with the aim of gathering original texts that are new to the paradigms or methods used in health promotion research.

Read the call for papers

Read the editorial

For more information

  • Potvin L, Jourdan D. (2022). A new section for Global Health Promotion journal: doing research in health promotion. Global Health Promotion. 29(1), 3-4. https://doi.org/10.1177/17579759221079722
  • Potvin, L., & Jourdan, D. (2021). Health promotion research has come of age! Structuring the field based on the practices of health promotion researchers. Global Health Promotion, 28(4), 26–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/17579759211044077
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Launch of a professional degree in health promotion in Dakar

Launch of a professional degree in health promotion in Dakar

It is with great pleasure that we celebrated the launch of the professional degree in health education and health promotion (EPROS) in Dakar on Monday 9 May 2022. The welcoming of the first class of the EPROS degree marks the first outcome of the intensive work carried out for many years by the teams of the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar, the School Medical Control Division (Division du Contrôle Médical Scolaire) (DCMS) of the Ministry of National Education (MEN) and the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education (Clermont Auvergne University). The training programme was co-developed with a large network of local, national and international partners[1] and the support of the local offices of UNESCO, UNICEF and WHO. The training programme aims to develop the capacities of professionals to work together with communities, in their own context, to promote individual and community health, to create healthy living ecosystems, and to develop the resilience of individuals, organisations and societies. It is based on a detailed needs assessment in order to ensure the relevance of the programme and its ability to respond effectively and sustainably to the needs of the various stakeholders.

A multidisciplinary programme, focused on the needs of stakeholders

This training programme is part of a health promotion perspective, particularly aimed at acting on the protective factors and social determinants of health. It integrates the two components necessary to build sustainable and effective responses to health challenges: the development of capacities (of individuals, communities, professionals, institutions, etc.) and action on the ecosystems of life to create environments supportive of health.

To do this, it offers a multidisciplinary programme, combining public health, education sciences, medicine, nursing sciences, and human and social sciences, and is focused on practical knowledge. In order to adapt the content of the courses to the socio-economic realities and the local situation, it provides space for professionals, and aims to combine scientific knowledge, experimental and professional knowledge and community knowledge. It is based on competencies validated by the international health promotion framework (Comp HP, IUHPE), and is anchored in a global health and sustainable development perspective.

A complete training system for professionalization and qualification

The needs assessment has shown the importance of covering both the initial training of future professionals in charge of prevention and the continuing education of professionals. The aim of this professional degree is to provide a first step in the development of a complete training course (degree – master), in order to cover the needs of all the actors: managers and professionals in the field, in particular those who work in rural areas. It is a training and professional development programme, organised in a hybrid mode with the aim of making the training compatible with the practice of professionals in continuing education and to allow the recruitment of students at the national level, and in particular to promote the inclusion of students from rural areas farthest from urban centres.

Capacity development of actors, key for promoting population health

By combining capacity development and action on environments, health promotion approaches make it possible to build sustainable and effective responses to health challenges, reduce inequalities and build the resilience of individuals, structures and societies to crises. By training and developing the capacities of professionals who work in the field of health on a daily basis, in the regions and local communities, the EPROS system aims to contribute to the development of these practices and policies that promote the health of individuals and populations, with a view to achieving the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.


[1] Including REFIPS




From top to bottom and from left to right: Idrissa Diop (UCAD), Tin’ga Telou (UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education), Rosalie Diop (Institute of Population and Reproductive Health), Carole Faucher (University of Edinburgh), Aliou Dia (Ministry of Education), Awa Cheikh Seye, Abdou Khaly Mbodj (Rawal Ak Diam platform), Fatou Diagne (ENSETP), Aïssatou Nomokho (SNIEPS/MSAS)

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Journal Global Health Promotion – New section “Doing Health Promotion Research” – Call for papers

Journal Global Health Promotion – New section “Doing Health Promotion Research” – Call for papers

A new section dedicated to health promotion research has been created within the journal Global Health Promotion. This new section “Doing Health Promotion Research” aims to collect original texts that bring novelty to the paradigms, approached or methods used in health promotion research. This section aims to contribute to the current debates in health promotion and to the renewal of research methods in this field.

It follows the initiative launched by Didier Jourdan (UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education) and Louise Potvin (Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities) to publish a Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research.

A call for papers has just been published for this new section.

Target audience

The section is intended for researchers in the field of health promotion research, as well as for professionals who collaborate on or evaluate health promotion research (especially when applying for funds). Articles should be accessible to researchers who are not familiar with the topic under discussion.

Call for papers section “Doing Health Promotion Research”

This call is open to all individuals and groups interested in advancing health promotion research by presenting a paradigm, approach or method and discussing it in relation to the specific health promotion research challenges they address.

Contributions may be written in English, French or Spanish.

For more information on the expected proposals and the submission process, see the dedicated page on the GHP website.

Download the call for papers in EnglishFrench and Spanish.

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Lifelong learning for health: Enacting the Yeonsu declaration for learning cities – webinar series

Lifelong learning for health: Enacting the Yeonsu declaration for learning cities – webinar series

Towards a health learning pathway for all

The fifth UNESCO International Conference on Learning Cities (ICLC 5) adopted the Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities, affirming a commitment to lifelong learning for health. With more than half of humanity living in urban areas, cities have a crucial role to play in promoting health education and strengthening resilience.

In order to guide and support cities in this process, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education are working together to develop a roadmap for the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration. This roadmap aims to guide cities in promoting lifelong learning for health (LLLH). All members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, ICLC 5 participants and partners are invited to co-create the roadmap. A series of three webinars has been planned to discuss the different steps in developing and implementing policies to build a “health learning pathway for all”.

A series of webinars to co-create a roadmap

Three webinars will be organised between June and November 2022, each focusing on three key stages in the development of lifelong learning pathways. They will be jointly facilitated by UIL and the UNESCO Chair and will be offered in English, French and Spanish.

The discussions during the webinars will provide input for the roadmap to guide cities in the enactment of the Yeonsu Declaration. They will provide an opportunity for rich exchanges on the development of lifelong learning policies and initiatives.

Date and timeThematic focus
Webinar 1Wednesday, 1 June 2022
13:00 to 14:30 (CEST)
Zoom registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/regis ter/WN_vKWMEMypReSeHt8HYgTuPw
LLLH: Conceptualizing, raising awareness and developing policies
Webinar 2Wednesday, 7 septembre 2022
13:00 to 14:30 (CEST)
Zoom registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/regis ter/WN_5E-IXLz9QVS7bnGUocktDA
Spaces, institutions and actors: Towards a health learning pathway for all
Webinar 3Wednesday, 16 novembre 2022
13:00 to 14:30 (CET)
Zoom registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/regis ter/WN_xo-pQ_jiRVuuYOTXOEL_cA
LLLH policy implementation and visibility

For more information on the webinar series

For more information on the first webinar

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22nd IAAH European Regional Conference – Youth Development Challenges in the post-COVID-19 era, 5-7 October 2022

22nd IAAH European Regional Conference – Youth Development Challenges in the post-COVID-19 era, 5-7 October 2022

The 22nd International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) European Regional Conference “Youth Development Challenges in the post-COVID-19 era” will be held in Athens, Greece on October 5th-7th, 2022. It is locally organized by the Greek/Hellenic Society for Adolescent Medicine (GSAM) and mainly focuses on youth development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Topics

The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on youth physical and mental health, education, development and overall well-being may raise dilemmas in the management and the control of immediate or long-term consequences. Action through multidisciplinary approaches is required and knowledge of physical and psychosocial aspects, as well as possible aetiological factors, burden of co-morbidities, prevention and treatment options, as well as counselling and support strategies are prerequisites for every effort of controlling the situation and will constitute the main core of the scientific programme. Formal and non-formal education, youth-friendly services and safe digital spaces that help young people make healthier choices and develop healthy relationships, are also a topic of great interest in this conference.

An update on other important Adolescent Medicine topics, such as nutrition, vaccination, skin conditions, contraception, sports medicine, etc. will be presented.

Participants

Medical doctors of different specialties, other health professionals and specialists e.g., psychologists, social workers, educators, dieticians, physical fitness experts, etc. are welcome to participate and contribute to the works of the IAAH conference by exchanging experience and expertise, as well as difficulties encountered in different countries.

Format of the conference

Interactive workshops, symposia, round tables will take place and experts will present key topics in plenary sessions. Oral and poster presentations will highlight novel research ideas. Youth participation during the conference will enrich discussions and debates.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is on June 10th, 2022.

For abstract submission and more information please see the conference website.

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Out soon: Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research – vol. 1

Out soon: Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research – vol. 1

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the first volume of the Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research. It is the result of a collaborative work, launched in May 2020 by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities, to structure the field of health promotion research.

An ambition: to structure the field of health promotion research

Health promotion, defined as a strategy (a set of coordinated intersectoral actions) aimed at contributing to social change to improve the health of all and reduce health inequalities, has been adopted in many countries. However, the field of health promotion research remains insufficiently structured and lacks the solid foundations of a defined and recognised set of paradigms, approaches and methods. Therefore the UNESCO Chair and the Canada Research Chair launched the project to publish a Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research with the aim to contribute to structuring the field of health promotion research and mobilising the researchers involved.

A global collaborative initiative

The handbook will map, organize and structure the field of health promotion research. The handbook includes original contributions from 173 researchers from 72 countries, and aims to explore the key theoretical, methodological, empirical and policy challenges, and pressing social issues facing health promotion research.

The Handbook consists of three distinct volumes:

  1. Mapping health promotion research
  2. Framing health promotion research (a systematic description of the epistemological and ethical framework of health promotion research)
  3. Doing health promotion research (a compilation of health promotion research paradigms, approaches and methods). 

Because it is impossible to claim an exhaustive description of research practices in one book and because the field is constantly evolving, we wanted to create a space to continue to publish and share articles to enrich this material and keep this initiative alive. Therefore a new section has been created within the journal Global Health Promotion with the aim of gathering original texts that are new to the paradigms or methods used in health promotion research.

Read the call for papers

Read the editorial

Workshops at the IUHPE World Conference

We will present this initiative and discuss its findings at two events during the IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion:

17 May from 00.15 to 00.45: Lunch with the authors, Didier Jourdan and Louise Potvin: A global participatory process to structuring the field of health promotion research: Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research

18 May from 16:00 to 17:15: Workshop facilitated by Didier Jourdan and Louise Potvin: Contributing to the global participatory process to structuring the field of health promotion research

Access the conference programme

For more information

  • Potvin L, Jourdan D. (2022). A new section for Global Health Promotion journal: doing research in health promotion. Global Health Promotion. 29(1), 3-4. https://doi.org/10.1177/17579759221079722
  • Potvin, L., & Jourdan, D. (2021). Health promotion research has come of age! Structuring the field based on the practices of health promotion researchers. Global Health Promotion, 28(4), 26–35. https://doi.org/10.1177/17579759211044077
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EuroHealthNet Annual Seminar: Growing strong in times of crisis

EuroHealthNet Annual Seminar: Growing strong in times of crisis

Investing in wellbeing and health equity for young and old

Our societies are currently at a crossroads. Demographic change, growing inequalities, the climate crisis, COVID-19, and the impacts of the war in Ukraine are all having a negative impact on the health and well-being of our societies. These challenges are straining public resources and the social fabric of our communities. How can we overcome these issues and grow stronger in times of crisis?  

We must prioritise health equity and wellbeing among children, youth, families and older people to ensure they have the essential conditions and resources to thrive, setting them up for lifelong health and wellbeing. Alternative economic and care models, such as the Economy of Wellbeing – as well as socially-conscious public and private investments offer the potential to grow stronger and more sustainably out of the current crises.

This in-person seminar will gather experts and policy makers to explore the necessary conditions in which all members of society, including young and older people, feel like capable and valued members of their immediate and wider communities. New and innovative approaches and investments will be presented, in the context of current European policy developments, and with a critical focus on their impacts on health equity. Discussions will be centred around the following themes:

  • Securing conditions for health equity and wellbeing in childhood and adolescence in times of uncertainty    
  • Prioritising public investments for healthy and active ageing in the wake of multiple crises
  • Exploring how we can turn our current uncertainties into opportunities for strength, through concepts like the Economy of Wellbeing

Date: 31 May 2022

Time: 13:30-17:30 CET

Venue: In person meeting at the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium

More information

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