Health Promotion

Late-breaking call for abstracts – share your latest work at IUHPE 2022!

Late-breaking call for abstracts – share your latest work at IUHPE 2022!

The Global Scientific Committee is re-opening the opportunity for late-breaking submissions to IUHPE2022. We invite you to submit an abstract for presentation of the latest policy and research issues at the 24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Under the conference theme of “promoting policies for health, well-being and equity”, and conference subthemes, “breaking news, breaking free and breaking through”, we particularly invite submissions that demonstrate lessons from contemporary global crisis, including the COVID-19 pan/syndemic, health and climate change (and COP26), racism, and IT/AI/social media use in (alternative) facts in health equity.

Late-breaking abstracts may be submitted as posters and oral presentations in the areas of practice and policy or research. Conference registration is required for all accepted presentations.

The deadline for submission is Monday, January 24, 2022. Please see conditions for abstract submission and presentation at www.iuhpe2022.com.

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Article: Health promotion research has come of age!

Article: Health promotion research has come of age!

Structuring the field based on the practices of health promotion researchers

In the article “Health promotion research has come of age! Structuring the field based on the practices of health promotion researchers” which was recently published in Global Health Promotion, Louise Potvin and Didier Jourdan propose three dimensions to further structure health promotion research.

There is no well-defined knowledge base for health promotion and no widely agreed knowledge development methods. During the past decades, researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds have used their disciplinary-based research methods and theories to conduct studies about the various practices that are associated with health promotion. Although health promotion research has acquired many attributes of a distinct field, researching practices from various disciplinary perspectives is not sufficient to create a coherent knowledge base for health promotion.

Therefore the authors propose three dimensions to further structure health promotion research.

  • The first relates to the object for which knowledge is produced. For health promotion research this relates to health social practices.
  • The second dimension relates to the purpose and ethics of research. In the case of health promotion research it pursues the dual purpose of producing knowledge (epistemic aim) and contributing to social changes (transformative aim).
  • The third dimension concerns the knowledge produced and the conditions for valid knowledge. In the case of health promotion research, the condition of knowledge production should include a recognition of the complexity of social practice and the necessary dialogue between scientific.

The authors propose a bottom-up process for structuring the field through the creation of a ‘Global Handbook of Health Promotion Research’ that would draw on the research practices of those involved in health promotion research.

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New Strategic Development Plan EuroHealthNet

New Strategic Development Plan EuroHealthNet

EuroHealthNet has launched its new Strategic Development Plan, which sets out the principles and priorities which will guide their work over the next five years.

EuroHealthNet members (over 60 organisations, institutes, and authorities working on public health, disease prevention, promoting health and wellbeing, and reducing inequalities) have assessed how the Partnership should move forward. New skills, capacities, and competences will be needed and are crucial. The new Strategic Development Plan, describes how the Partnership can continue working together to achieve real and lasting change to improve health and reduce health inequalities in Europe.

EuroHealthNet will focus on: 

  • The application of the equity lens across health and other policies and measures; supporting the ‘economy of wellbeing’, as well as a ‘whole of society’ approach.
  • Novel ways to promote health and prevent diseases. Making solutions attractive and sustainable, whilst contributing to the transformation of health and social protection systems.  
  • The social, economic, environmental, cultural, commercial, behavioural, and political determinants of health, which allows us to be agile and responsive to the diverse threats to health equity. 

They have defined five priority areas:

  • Health equity.
  • Non-communicable diseases.
  • The climate crisis.
  • Prevention and promotion.
  • Life course.

And two cross-cutting themes:

  • Mental health
  • Digital inclusion

More information

Read the Strategic Development Plan

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Article: Teacher Care is a Lot More Than Self-Care

Article: Teacher Care is a Lot More Than Self-Care

Published 2 November 2021, on EdSurge

In the article “School Leaders Take Note: Teacher Care is a Lot More Than Self-Care” the author, Sean Slade, stresses the importance of improving the environments educators are in everyday, in stead of focusing on solutions revolving around “self-care”.

Educators are exhausted but the only solutions they are presented revolve around “self-care,” i.e., rest, relaxation, meditation, physical activity and yoga. These strategies are helpful in addressing the wound, but they do little to nothing to address the cause.

Instead the group climate and culture of schools should be addressed. The environments that educators find themselves in everyday should be improved and at a minimum decrease the stress and increase the supports available in that setting. Then collaboratively, the systems that has been fostered that have caused much of the stress in the first place can be addressed.

How can this be done?

By starting to enhance and improve the ways educators interact and the ways they react to one another. If schools can be built into places of care, support and positive interactions, they buffer the system stresses, and support the self-care that may take place.

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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)

For more information and registration

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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.

More information and registration

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