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

Global Community Health Annual Workshop

The Global Community Health Annual 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.

Organisers are the UNESCO Chair Global Health & EducationEHESP School of Public Health, International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Sante (RÉFIPS), University of Clermont Auvergne و University of Huddersfield.


The fourth edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place from 4 till 6 June 2024.


The main theme of this year’s workshop is ‘How can community health contribute to fighting poverty?’. The workshop will explore the root causes of poverty, and how poverty impacts community health. The value of community-based interventions – as a research method and also as a key health promotion strategy – should be recognised in this work. The workshop will be solution oriented. This year’s focus of capacity-building for the participants will be on ‘advocacy and activism’.


We attach great importance to gender balance and Global South – Global North balance in our recruitment of speakers. They should reflect the very diverse and international audience that we seek to connect with. You can find the detailed programme of the years workshop on this webpage. You can also download the programme.


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

  • Joyce Browne – Associate Professor Global Health / Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht & Faculty of Medicine, the Netherlands
  • Elizabeth Cherian – District Governor Nominee (2025-26), Rotary International District 3192; President, Alliance for Health Promotion, Geneva; President, Yelahanka Educational Association, Bangalore; International coordinator, Commonwealth Association for Health and disability (COMHAD), UK; Member, International Pediatric Association – Program Area Committee on Environmental Health & Climate change (2023-25)
  • Iffat Elbarazi – Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Ange-Marie Nicodème Esse – Community Health Advocate, Co-Founder Health Access Initiative, RÉFIPS, Benin
  • Charisma Hehakaya – Assistant Professor, Global Public Health & Bioethics department, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht), the Netherlands
  • Alice Lakati – Director, Research, Innovation and Community Extension, Amref International University, Kenia
  • Camilla Alay Llamas – Project manager and teaching fellow, Global Public Health & Bioethics department, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • Patricia Loayza – Independent consultant on social development, La Paz, Bolivia
  • François Ndikumwenayo – Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Burundi University, Founder and Chairperson of Burundi NCD Alliance, Burundi
  • Alexis Nizigiyimana – Project manager at Burundi NCD Alliance, Founder and CEO of Ubuntu Village of Life, Burundi
  • Jennie Popay – Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Public Health, Lancaster University, UK
  • Amets Suess Schwend – Andalusian School of Public Health,  Area of International Health, University of Granada, Spain
  • Sayed Nazim Uddin – Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences, Center for Climate Change and Environmental Health (3CEH), Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

Format of the workshop

The global workshop will run during 3 days, 3,5 contact hours per day. 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

The workshop uses an interactive format ensuring active participation through a series of online lectures, combined with community heath hubs (small working groups).

Community health hubs

The community health hubs acknowledge our diversity and cultural dimensions and are offered in different languages including English, French and Spanish, and other languages depending on the availability of facilitators. During the community health hubs participants have the opportunity to share experiences and build their regional and global networks.

We encourage participants to gather locally and organise their own local community health hubs. They can follow the central lectures online together and then continue their discussions live in the local community health hubs.


You can now register for the fourth edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop. Registration will close on Friday 31 May 2024, 16.00 CEST. Participating in the workshop is free of charge. For questions please send an email to info@unescochair-ghe.org.

Who can attend?

Participants are professionalspolicy makersresearchersstudents from different backgrounds. They can expand their knowledge and skills on community health while becoming part of an international network, which is an important benefit for the participants. They can get inspired by the diversity of researchers, practitioners and policy makers involved in advancing community health.


This year we will provide translation in 50+ languages, including English, French, Spanish, Persian, Arabic. We will use a translation app based on AI during the plenary sessions with the lectures.

Community Health hubs will be organised in different language groups. Participants can indicate their preferred language for the hubs. This year the hubs will be in English, French, Spanish and Persian.

Certificate of attendance and accreditation

After attending the lectures and participating in the Community Health hubs, participants can request a certificate of attendance delivered by the UNESCO Chair. They can also request a certificate from IUHPE to accumulate credits toward registration/re-registration as a health promotion practitioner under the IUHPE Accreditation System.


Coordinating group

  • Eric Breton, EHESP School of public health, Rennes, France
  • Goof Buijs, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education
  • Catherine Chabot, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education
  • Sarah Chaput, Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Santé (REFIPS)
  • Liane Comeau, International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)
  • Silvia de Ruiter, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education

Advisory board

  • Saloua Abouchadi, National School of Public Health (ENSP), Rabat, Morocco
  • Camila Ait Yala, GRAS (Unité de Recherche en Anthropologie de la Santé), University of Oran 2, Algeria
  • Viola Cassetti, Public health researcher and anthropologist, Spain
  • Somto Chike-Obuekwe, University of Huddersfield, Nigeria/ UK
  • Emmanuel Courmaire, Director of Primary School, France
  • Satarupa Dasgupta, Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA
  • Ange-Marie Nicodème Esse, Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI), National Network of Community Health Activists, Health Access Initiative (HAI), Benin
  • Nicola Gray, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi, School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  • Glenn Laverack, Independent adviser with governmental and international development agencies
  • Raúl Mercer, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), La Plata, Argentina
  • Tenia Prokalamou, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Jim Reid, School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Lene Søvold, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Advisor, Norway
  • Amets Suess Schwend, Andalusian School of Public Health, Area of International Health, Granada, Spain
  • Gildas Vieira, l’Institut Renaudot, France
  • Fan Zu, Insititute of Child and Adolescent Health, Peking University, Peoples Republic of China

Global Community Health Annual Workshop – third edition 2023

From 13 till 15 June 2023, the third online edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop took place. The overall workshop theme was “Sustainable community health: practice-based solutions for today’s challenges”. The sub themes were:

  • Day 1 – Food security
  • Day 2 – Mental health
  • Day 3 – Environmental health

Each year the Community Health workshop focuses on practice-based solutions. This year it was on stakeholder engagement and mobilisation of the community.

For more information:

Global Community Health Annual Workshop – second edition 2022

The second edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop was held online from 28 to 30 June 2022. The overall workshop theme was ‘How to build resilient communities for times of crises’.  The sub themes were:

  • Day 1 – Resilience: giving voice to the voiceless
  • Day 2 – Building resilience within health systems
  • Day 3 – Emergency Health

For more information:

Global Community Health Annual Workshop – first edition 2021

The first edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop was held online from 6 to 8 July 2021. The overal theme was to explore the diverse practices of community health worldwide, learn from them, and apply those newly acquired skills and knowledge to current/future projects. The sub themes were:

  • Day 1 – Community health as a practice
  • Day 2 – Mobilizing communities
  • Day 3 – Promoting / advancing health and well-being

For more information: