Pre-conference: Health promotion principles as foundations for solidarity and public health

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 9:00 – 17:00

During this pre-conference of the European Public Health Conference, different perspectives to the future of health promotion will be explored from a global and a national level. The pre-conference is organised by the EUPHA Section Health promotion, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, Bielefeld University, and The German Prevention RESEarch NeTwork (PRESENT).

The morning session, which is organised by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, focuses on the global level. The objective is to create a new perspective on intersectoral work. From intersectorality as a mantra to intersectorality as a practice.

In public health, an intersectoral approach is needed since the factors that influence childrens and young people’s health are numerous and interact at different levels, from the individual, to the global environment. All these factors have an impact on childrens and young people’s general development. And all determinants have a long-term impact because childhood and adolescence are specific periods of the life cycle. Therefore not only their physical growth is at stake, but also their ability to act and learn social & emotional skills, practical thinking and communication skills, that they need for life.

During this session focussing on the global level we aim to discuss the ways in which genuine intersectoral work could contribute to:

  • Create the conditions for an optimal development through action on the life ecosystem of the children and young people, i.e. the living conditions such as the physical and social environment and access to appropriate services;
  • Provide education to all children that fits with their needs whatever their personal or social circumstances. The objective is to give everyone the means to take charge of their own health in an autonomous and responsible way.

Keynote speakers are:

  • Didier Jourdan & Marie-Pierre Sauvant-Rochat, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education
  • Louise Potvin, School of Public health, Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Marco Akerman, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Hélène Pichot, Health Agency New Caledonia (ASS-NC)
  • Ditte H. Holt, National Institute of Public Health, Denmark

The afternoon session, which is organised by the German Prevention RESEarch NeTwork (PRESENT), focuses on the national level: interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion: examples from Germany.

For more information and registration: conference website.