Towards Prevention 2.0! Seminar on June 5th and 6th in Clermont-Ferrand

Towards Prevention 2.0! Seminar on June 5th and 6th in Clermont-Ferrand

A Seminar organised by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Education and Health*

Issues that concern everyone
Over the past decades, prevention, health promotion and health education have become major social issues. Much efforts in the field should ideally be put on, not only direct medical interventions in case of disease, but on developing actions that may help to decrease the occurrences of diseases in the first place. This concerns individuals who intend to put every chance on their side to stay healthy, public institutions that are responsible for public health as well as different social and economic actors for which interests, at both short and long terms, are linked to the health of the population.

Renewing approaches: Mobilizing prominent players and working together
The ongoing social transformation and new social demands (e.g. the role of social media) inevitably intersect with prevention, health promotion and health education. Therefore, it is necessary to put our efforts together and investigate how different types of knowledge (individual, professional and institutional knowledge) can be articulated in a way that a more appropriate practice framework can emerge. For this aim to be achieved, we must first begin by engaging meaningfully the latest research data as well as the experiences from different actors on the ground.

That’s why, the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Education and Health are gathering major players in the field of prevention, health promotion and health education in Clermont-Ferrand on June 5th and 6th, 2019. This high level seminar is organised in partnership with leading international organisations such as the International Union for the Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

Creating concrete and sustainable tools for researchers, leaders, professionals and members of the civil society.
Organised over two days, this gathering marks the beginning of an intensive collaborative work aiming at renewing the epistemological and ethical framework used in prevention, health promotion and health education. Throughout workshops and roundtables, the prevalent modes of practices, together with the major scientific, political and ethical issues at stake will be addressed. Our aim is to encourage the creation and integration of new approaches that would be rooted in socio-cultural practices as much as in scientific research. The overall objective is to come up with a coherent and explicit vision of what the structure of the field should be and offer to the researchers, leaders, professionals and members of the civil society a solid framework for action.

The seminar thus represents the point of anchorage of a long-term collaboration towards the production of publications in the field of prevention, health promotion and health education, the development of innovative tools to help in decision making and support actions, and the establishment of a platform for knowledge exchange with the larger public.

* The seminar will be held in French