Health Promotion

Online pre-conference Genuine Participation and the Transformational Potential of Health Promotion – 10 November 2021

Online pre-conference Genuine Participation and the Transformational Potential of Health Promotion – 10 November 2021

Join the preconference Genuine Participation and the Transformational Potential of Health Promotion – Coronavirus Politics on 10 November 2021 from 9.00 CET. The focus of this pre-conference is to open new perspectives on genuine participation as a means to highlight the transformational potential of Health Promotion. By shifting participation as a mantra to participation as a practice this pre-conference aims at establishing a stronger focus to inclusion as part of health-for-all-policies. In this session we will explore different perspectives to the future of the transformational potential of health promotion focusing on the global and the national level.

Next to these objectives, we wish to create a space that supports international networking among professionals and researchers interested in advancing participatory community-based public health interventions.

The pre-conference is organized by the EUPHA Health Promotion section, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and International Institute, University of Michigan during the 14th European Public Health Conference (Glasgow 10-12 November)

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Building Health Throughout the Life Course

Building Health Throughout the Life Course

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently published “Building Health Throughout the Life Course. Concepts, Implications, and Application in Public Health[1]”. The publication explains how health develops and changes throughout the life course, and how the use of the life course approach among public health practitioners can ensure that health as a human right is achieved for all individuals. It describes the life course vision of health that focuses on achieving long, healthy, active, and productive lives, rather than diseases and their consequences.

The book consists of three stand-alone parts:

  • Part 1, “Concepts”, aims to explain the complexity of health through the understanding of the life course approach.
  • Part 2, “Implications”, identifies the implications for the use of the life course approach in public health.
  • Part 3, “Application in Public Health”, identifies key opportunities to strengthen the adoption of the life course approach in public health practice.

The publication is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

More information.


[1] Building Health Throughout the Life Course. Concepts, Implications, and Application in Public Health. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2020. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO.

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The Healthy Settings Approach in Hong Kong: Sustainable Development for Population Health

The Healthy Settings Approach in Hong Kong: Sustainable Development for Population Health

An individual’s health depends on their personal lifestyle and living conditions, which are influenced by a host of complex physical, social, and economic determinants. The same is true of organisational and community health.

This book explains the Healthy Settings Approach as a means to define population and health standards as well as a framework to promote and evaluate health in daily life. The determinants influencing public health go beyond the availability and quality of healthcare, and a combined effort from all sectors of the community is required to bring about sustained improvements.

This book argues that promoting health in multiple and varied settings jointly will ensure healthy living throughout the community and, ultimately, the world. The author uses real life experiences from different countries, with a focus on Hong Kong, and discusses many initiatives that have been enacted (although not widely reported in some cases). Each chapter draws on this evidence and translates the healthy settings framework into daily practice.

More information and how to order the book.

Lee, A. (2021). The Healthy Settings Approach in Hong Kong: Sustainable Development for Population Health. City University of HK Press. https://www.cityu.edu.hk/upress/the-healthy-settings-approach-in-hong-kong

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Cost-effectiveness and return on investment of school-based health promotion programmes for chronic disease prevention

Cost-effectiveness and return on investment of school-based health promotion programmes for chronic disease prevention

Although school-based health prevention programmes are effective in promoting healthy eating and physical activity, little is known about their economic impact. An economic evaluation of programmes identified as feasible, acceptable and sustainable in the Canadian context has been published in the European Journal of Public Health.

This study is based on a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of school-based health promotion programmes. A micro-simulation model integrated the effects of intervention on multiple risk factors to estimate the cost-effectiveness and ‘return on investment’ of comprehensive school health programmes, combining multiple approaches and those based on a modification of physical education programmes.

While each type of intervention studied was found to be economically beneficial, comprehensive school health promotion programmes were found to be the most cost-effective and had the highest return on investment.

Reference: John P Ekwaru, Arto Ohinmaa, Julia Dabravolskaj, Katerina Maximova, Paul J Veugelers, Cost-effectiveness and return on investment of school-based health promotion programmes for chronic disease prevention, European Journal of Public Health, 2021;, ckab130, https://doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckab130

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Making every school a health-promoting school

Making every school a health-promoting school

Virtual meeting organised by WHO and UNESCO – 22 June 2021 13.00 – 14.00 CEST

The health, well-being and education of children and young people are closely intertwined. With a vision that every school around the world becomes a Health-Promoting School (HPS), UNESCO and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed a joint initiative to support Member States strengthen the health promoting function of education systems. 

This global launch will feature the introduction of the initiative and present a newly-developed guidance package consisting of four publications

  1. Global standards and indicators for health-promoting schools and systems; 
  2. Implementation guidance; 
  3. Country case studies; and
  4. Guideline for school health services. 

Global and country-level stakeholders, including representatives from government and school communities will present their perspectives and experiences in implementing school health and health-promoting school approaches. 

The event will be available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish

Agenda

  • Statements by the Directors General of WHO and UNESCO (TBC)
  • Presentation: Towards global standards for health-promoting schools for all
  • Roundtable 1: Voices from the school community
  • Roundtable 2: Perspectives of national policymakers
  • Roundtable 3: Perspectives of development partners
  • Conclusion and closing remarks

For more information contact: healthpromotion@who.int

To register: https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2tS0XUbFSra_2-YOJBWNQg

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Global Community Health Annual Workshop – register now

Global Community Health Annual Workshop – register now

The UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health & Education and EHEPS invite all those interested in promoting health and equity at a community level to the first edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop that will take place on 6, 7 and 8 July 2021.

The main aim of the workshop is to explore the diverse practices of community health worldwide, learn from them, and apply those newly acquired skills and knowledge to current/future projects. We will have participants from all over the world and welcome all those involved in health promotion, prevention, healthcare and social care services.

The programme will consist of a daily 3-hour main block reserved for lectures, satellite sessions (for discussion in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese) and time for questions. Beside the main block participants will attend two blocks of 2-hour group work sessions.

We are honoured to have some excellent contributors from all over the world, joined by voices from the field and a number of case studies. A preview of the contributors:

  • Professor Didier Jourdan, Chair holder UNESCO Chair and head of the WHO Collaborating Center Global Health & Education, France
  • Professor Yifei Hu, Department of Child and Adolescent health and Maternal Care, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, China
  • George Arrey, director Health Promotion South Africa Trust, South Africa
  • Viola Cassetti, Public Health Consultant, Spain
  • Dr. David Houeto, Associate Professor, Health Promotion, University of Parakou, Benin

This year’s course will be online and FREE of charge. Participants and tutors will learn from the diversity in community health practices. Active participation will be rewarded with a certificate provided by the UNESCO Chair.

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Registration 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – IUHPE 2022 is open

Registration 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – IUHPE 2022 is open

IUHPE is happy to confirm the opening of registrations to the 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – IUHPE 2022, being held in Montreal, Canada, and online, from May 15 to May 19, 2022. Louise Potvin, Professor at the University of Montreal School of Public Health and Director of the Public Health Research Centre (CReSP) is inviting you to register now! More information

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Webinar Dynamics in School Health Promotion – 25 May 2021 14.00 CEST

Webinar Dynamics in School Health Promotion – 25 May 2021 14.00 CEST

Implementing the Health Promoting School (HPS) approach and creating change in the whole school system can be challenging, since schools are dynamic organisations. Each school operates in its own specific context and health promoting interventions should fit to that unique context. Consequently, this indicates a variety of choices when implementing the HPS approach, flexibility is thus needed. This webinar focuses on these dynamics in school health promotion.

Speakers are Dr. Nina Bartelink, Dr. Kathelijne Bessems, Prof. Stef Kremers of Maastricht University. They will address the following questions:

  1. How can you deal with studying the dynamics in school health promotion?
  2. How do countries in the European region deal with the dynamics in school health promotion?
  3. How does this work contribute to the future of school health promotion (research)?

This webinar is organised by the Schools for Health in Europe Network Foundation (SHE), the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and Maastricht University.

The webinar will take place on 25 May 2021 from 14.00 – 15.00 CEST.

Join the webinar. This webinar will also be broadcast live on our YouTube channel.

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Final programme IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion

Final programme IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion

The 11th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion (IUHPE 2021) and the 6th International Conference on Salutogenesis will be held from June 14 to 18, 2021, in online format to facilitate the participation of professionals from different countries. IUHPE is also celebrating its 70th anniversary. This important milestone will be the focus of a special event scheduled for 16 June, coinciding with both conferences. The final programme of the conferences can now be found on the conference website.

The UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education is involved in the following events:

  • Tuesday 15 June 2021, 11.30-13.00 – Workshop 6: Principles for health promotion and health literacy in schools as foundations for solidarity and public health
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021, 9.00-10.00 – Plenary session , Reinforcing Health Promotion’s capacity to address change in Europe
    Speakers:
    • Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet
    • Didier Jourdan, UNESCO Chair and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center “Global Health & Education”  
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021, 16.00-17.00 – Celebrating 70 years of IUHPE’s role in advancing global health promotion
    • Panellist – Didier Jourdan, UNESCO Chair and Head of the WHO Collaborating Center “Global Health & Education”   
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24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – Call for abstracts

24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion – Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts for the 24th IUHPE World Conference on health Promotion – IUHPE 2022 is now open. The conference theme is “Promoting policies for health, well-being and equity”. The conference will be held Montréal (Québec) Canada and in hybrid format from 15 to 19 May 2022. Abstract submissions can be made in English, French and Spanish.

Abstracts can be submitted in eight different formats: 1) symposium, 2) workshop, 3) research oral/poster presentation, 4) innovation in policy and practice oral/poster presentation, 5) round table discussion, 6) alternative showing/new technology, 7) alternative showing/art, and 8) lunch with an author. Further information on each of these formats. Participatory, collaborative and non-traditional session formats will be given priority in the selection process.

Registration and hotel reservations for the 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion will open in May. More information on the conference website.

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