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

Global Community Health Annual Workshop 3rd edition – confirmed speakers

The third edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place on 13, 14 and 15 June 2023 as an online event. The workshop provides a space where community health and health promotion practitioners and policy makers can improve their skills and where researchers can gain in capacities to conduct community-based participatory research. The theme for the 2023 edition is ‘Sustainable community health: practice-based solutions for today’s challenges’. There will be a particular focus on stakeholder engagement and mobilizing communities as an essential step in community health. Each workshop day will focus on a different subtheme (food security, mental health, environmental health) with practical examples of how to meaningfully engage stakeholders in work relating to these subthemes.


We are honoured to have some excellent contributors from all over the world. A preview of the contributors:

  • Glenn Laverack – Adjunct Full Professor, College of Medicine & Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University
  • Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi – Professor, Health Promotion School of Public Health and Safety, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • Raul Mercer – MD MSc,Coordinator of the Program of Social Sciences and Health, FLACSO, Argentina
  • Mariela Alderete – MD,Researcher, Program of Social Sciences and Health, FLACSO, Argentina
  • Grace Gatera – Lived experience mental health consultant, Rwanda
  • Abhijit Nadkarni – Associate Professor of Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK, Director of the Addictions Research Group, Sangath, India
  • Diana MedinaClinical Psychologist, Master in Public Health Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador
  • Chee Ng – Professor, Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Ashley Lashley – Ashley Lashley Foundation, Barbados
  • Ojistoh Horn – Family Physician, Kanonkwatseri “Good Medicine Clinic”. Faculty Lecturer, Department Family Medicine, McGill University, Canada
  • Heleen Roos – PhD candidate, COPC Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Sergio Fernando Jaime Family Medicine. Mg Public Health, Mg Primary Care. Asociación Civil Horizonte Sur, Trelew, Republic of Argentina

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 consecutive days. To accommodate participants from all different time zones around the world, the workshop will be offered twice a day.

  • Block 1 will run from 10.00 – 13.30 Paris; 16.00 – 19.30 Beijing; 18.00 – 21.30 Melbourne.
  • Block 2 will run from 16.00 – 19.30 Paris; 7.00 – 10.30 Los Angeles; 11.00 – 14.30 Buenos Aires

It uses an interactive format ensuring active participation through a series of online lectures, combined with community heath hubs. These community health hubs (smaller working groups) acknowledge our diversity and cultural dimensions and are offered in different languages including Arabic, English, French, Spanish and other languages depending on the availability of facilitators. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences, build their regional and global networks and work with other group members on their assignment.

The online lectures are held in the English language. We do not want language to be a barrier for participation. Therefore we are trying to organise simultaneous translation. Participants can volunteer to do this work during the workshop.  For the 2023 edition we can already confirm we will provide interpreting into French.


This year’s workshop is free of charge. Professionalspolicy makersresearchers and students from different backgrounds from all over the world are welcome to join. You can register by completing the online registration form. Registration will close on Sunday 11 June 2023, 12.00 CEST.

The third edition of the Global Community health Annual Workshop is organised by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & EducationUniversity of Clermont AuvergneUniversity of HuddersfieldInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)EHESP School of Public Health and Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Sante (RÉFIPS).

More information see the dedicated webpage.