UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Pre-conference: Helping people to help themselves to better health – From theory to practice

Join the online pre-conference “Helping people to help themselves to better health – From theory to practice” on Monday 12 October 2020, 14.00 – 16.00 CET. This pre-conference is part of the virtual 16th World Congress on Public Health.

More than ever, the current context reminds us how public health approaches need to be based on strong knowledge of health determinants, social practices, cultures and the active involvement of the people themselves. In public health interventions there is often still an over-emphasis on individual-level factors at the expense of the social determinants of health.

During this pre-conference Dr. Nina Bartelink (Maastricht University), Pr. Kenneth Yongabi Anchang (Imo State University) and Pr. Marco Akerman (University of São Paulo) will showcase experiences of participatory community-based programmes that made a difference to people’s well-being and health. These presentations will be followed by a round table where experts Pr. Louise Potvin (Montreal University), David Houéto (President of REFIPS and Parakou University) and Dr. Orkan Okan (EUPHA Health Promotion section and Bielefeld University) will share their views on the state of public health practice and how to get public health systems investing more in participatory community-based interventions.

The pre-conference will result in a statement with the main conditions for large-scale implementation of policies and practices that leave no one behind, by reviewing the evidence and learning from innovations in the field. Participants will be invited to contribute to this statement.

For more information or to register for the pre-conference (registration fee is € 40,-).

The pre-conference is organized by WHO Collaborating Centre & UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, EUPHA Health Promotion Section and EHESP School of Public Health.