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Global Community Health Annual Workshop – fourth edition 2024

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’.

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 HealthInternational Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)Réseau Francophone International Pour la Promotion de la Sante (RÉFIPS)University of Clermont Auvergne and University of Huddersfield.


4 June 2024 : Day 1 – Poverty and (community) health

Welcome – Opening words

MODERATOR

Goof Buijs is the manager of UNESCO Chair / WHO Collaborating Centre Global Health & Education. From 2019 he is director of Global Health & Education Consultancy. His field of expertise is bringing health and education together. He is an experienced networker, expert in creating and leading international projects focused on prevention and youth, innovator, trainer and facilitator of events and conferences. He supports cooperation among people, focusing on everyone’s talents and uniqueness.

Eric Breton, is the President of the EUPHA Health Promotion Section. He is professor of health promotion at the EHESP School of public health. Before settling in France, he acquired a broad international experience in research in Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. His main research interests focus on policy advocacy strategies in the prevention of NCDs, evaluation of complex community-based interventions, and on local capacity building strategies for health and equity. He is an affiliated researcher of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, and sits on different national and regional expert groups. In 2020, he published with three other editors the second edition of the first health promotion handbook in French, a publication that has mobilized contributions from 40 authors from 6 countries.

Sarah Chaput – As director of the Americas section of the « Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (RÉFIPS) » (International Francophone Network for Health Promotion), Sarah Chaput works with many stakeholders on capacity building health promotion projects. Sarah has completed a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and a master’s degree in Public Health from the “Université de Montréal”, and has worked as a scientific advisor for the “Institut national de santé publique du Québec”. While she initially worked on food access issues, her scope of practice has broadened in the last years to include more comprehensive approaches to health promotion. Sarah values the sharing of knowledge and expertise in health promotion in a perspective of sustainable health and win-win relationships between stakeholders.

Liane Comeau has been the Executive Director of the International Union for Health Promotion and Health Education (IUHPE) since April 2018. She has worked in a pan-Canadian NGO, Invest in Kids, as Director of Research and Evaluation, and as Specialized Scientific Advisor at the “Institut national de santé publique du Québec” (INSPQ), focusing on health promotion initiatives targeting children, adolescents and families. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from McGill University (2004). She has published scientific papers on various topics including mental health and child development, and co-authored several reports on policy-relevant public health topics while at the INSPQ.

Nicola Gray is the Co-Chair holder of the UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education. She is a Reader at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Registered as a pharmacist in 1991, she has worked in hospital, community and academic pharmacy. She is a Trustee of the UK Association for Young People’s Health and Vice-President for Europe of the International Association for Adolescent Health. Nicola is also a Governing Council Member of the global coalition NCD Child, and chairs their Task Force on Essential Medicines and Equipment. She has published a number of papers and opinion pieces regarding the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the challenges for children and young people living with a long-term condition.

Didier Jourdan is full Professor and the Chair Holder of the UNESCO Chair “Global Health and Education” and Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for “Research in Education and Health” which are focused on knowledge production and sharing from an intersectoral perspective. He is the former Director of the Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the French National Public Health Agency. He has formally held positions as Director of the Graduate School of Teaching and Education (ESPE), Head of the Centre for lifelong learning and Vice-President of Blaise Pascal University. In addition, he held the position as President of the “Prevention, Education and Health Promotion” Commission of the French High Council for Public Health and President of the Network “Universities for training in health education”.

Keynote – Poverty, Power and Health Inequalities: what role for community action?

Jennie Popay is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Lancaster University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences UK and a Fellow through distinction pf the UK Faculty of Public Health. Her research focuses on social determinants of health equity, the nature and salience of lay knowledge, community empowerment and the evaluation of place-based interventions/policies. She recently completed a longitudinal evaluation of the largest community empowerment programme ever implemented in England – the Big Local. She established The Other Front Line Global Alliance collecting stories from groups bearing the brunt of social injustice and has produced several online resources to support people to strengthen the equity focus of their work:  https://neighbourhoodresilience.uk and https://forequity.uk. She worked with the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health (the Marmot Commission) and is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Expert Group for WHO EURO’s Health Equity Status Report.

Summary : Globally, around 720 million people – 9% of the world’s population – are living in extreme poverty. Just under half are children and millions more are living on very low incomes. Poverty as Mahatma Gandhi said is ‘the worst form of violence’. Poverty, not smoking, obesity, lack of exercise or alcohol dependency is the fundamental driver of unequal health in the world today. Poverty and the lack of control and power it brings denies people the resources they need to have lives unmarked by sickness, pain and premature death. In this presentation I will consider why too much local community action fails to contribute to what Joseph Wresinski has called the most fundamental struggle facing the world today: to liberate people from poverty and suggest ways in which community action needs to change if it is to contribute to greater social justice.

Socio-economic inequities and community health- Bridging the gap

Rtn Prof Elizabeth Cherian 
District Governor Nominee (2025-26), Rotary International District 3192 
President, Alliance for Health Promotion, Geneva (In official relations with WHO and ECOSOC)
International coordinator, COMHAD, UK, (Commonwealth Association for Health and disability), (In official relations with WHO-CHPA & Commonwealth Foundation UK)
Member, International Pediatric Association – Program Area Committee on Environmental Health & Climate change (2023-25)

Summary: Socioeconomically stable communities are linked to healthy societies. Education and the economy have a direct impact on good health. Our experiences with communities have clearly shown remarkable results when the families were empowered in terms of economic and social independence. The impact was even more visible when women and girls were educated. Health literacy and health promotion in schools have resulted in lower incidence of the need for hospitalisation and lower rates of absenteeism from schools. It has also been noticed that there has been an increased awareness about environmental concerns. The growing public participation levels and responsibility for health care has eased the burden of health care workers as we see good compliance. Several projects that we have undertaken over the years in terms of creating more schools even in remote areas, health awareness campaigns, early diagnosis through free health care camps in villages and rural areas, microfinance for women, creating livelihoods, skill training, provision of clean drinking water, water conservation and nature protection have transformed community health.

Maternal and child health services and poverty reduction in rural Burundi

Dr. François Ndikumwenayo is a Paediatric Pulmonologist and lecturer at Burundi University. He is a long-standing member of the NCD Child Essential Medicines & Equipment Task Force and also a Co-founder and chair of BNCDA. He is affiliated with the University of Burundi’s Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Alexis Nizigiyimana is a public health physician and the founder and CEO of Ubuntu Village of Life. He is also a long-standing member of the NCD Child Essential Medicines & Equipment Task Force and a Co-founder and program manager of BNCDA. He is affiliated with the public health department at the University of Montreal.

Summary: Burundi Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (BNCDA)’s initiative in rural Burundi is focused on improving maternal and child health and reducing poverty. The organization has provided assistance to over 200 children with T1D and 1500 mothers with NCD in the provinces of Cibitoke and Bururi in Burundi. These provinces have a poverty rate of over 90% living below poverty line, resulting in limited access to healthcare. As a result, many children are unable to attend school and families are forced to sell their belongings to afford medical expenses. The project’s goal is to enhance access to diagnosis and treatment by establishing micro-clinics as central care facilities. Community health workers will be supported in distributing insulin and glucometers, while families will be empowered through micro-loans, agribusiness, nutrition, agroecology, vocational training, and enterprise development. These interventions will help alleviate financial burdens and improve the overall well-being of the community.


5 June 2024 : Day 2 – Poverty and climate change

How are communities fighting back climate change?

Dr Joyce Browne, is an Associate Professor in the Global Public Health & Bioethics department of the Julius Centrum, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). In addition, she contributes to the deployment of the Global Engagement strategy of Utrecht University through a secondment to the Utrecht Center for Global Challenges. Her societal activities include the chair personship of the board of the Dutch Knowledge Center Global Health and membership of the Supervisory Board (RvT) of Simav.

Dr. Charisma Hehakaya is an assistant professor in the Global Public Health & Bioethics department of the Julius Centrum University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). Her interests include bridging the gap between science and society, climate justice, system thinking, improving environmental impact on health and wellbeing, interdisciplinary research, science communication and public engagement. She has experience with qualitative (such as conceptualising, developing and setting up qualitative interviews and focus groups) and quantitative research methods (such as surveying, early health economic modelling). Charisma founded the First Generation Fund (het Eerste Generatie Fonds) and University Pioneers Community to support first-generation students.

Dr. Alay Llamas is a general physician from the Philippines who has been actively involved in providing essential medical and surgical care to underserved and remote communities in collaboration with the NGO BayanihanMD. In 2018, she successfully obtained her Master’s in Public Health/International Health Development from KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Presently, Alay works at Global Public Health & Bioethics department of the Julius Centrum, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht) as a project manager and teaching fellow, with a focus on capacity building in planetary health education in the Netherlands and Asian institutions

Dr. Nazim Uddin has undergraduate and advanced degrees (BSc, two MSc, PhD) in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, and Water Resources Development, as well as several diplomas and certificates in specialised fields (Social Science-Community Development, Waste Management, and Environmental Management). After working with indigenous communities, ethnic minority groups, nomadic people, children, refugees, waste pickers, persons with disabilities and other socially marginalised people in Asia, Africa, America and Europe, he possesses an in-depth understanding of the links between environmental deterioration and marginalised groups.
As an Associate Professor at Asian University for Women, he supervises and co-supervises 15 undergraduate theses, has developed a research strategic plan (2021-2025) for AUW Science and Math Programme and established the Center for Climate Change and Environmental Health (CCCEH) in which he currently holds the founding Director position.

Summary : Climate change presents a global societal challenge, impacting countries in varying degrees and posing a significant threat to communities already  vulnerable by existing systemic inequalities worldwide. These communities bear the brunt of climate change impacts, yet their voices are rarely acknowledged when prioritising needs, decision-making and policy implementation. How do these communities respond to the threat of climate change? But also, what is the value of community engagement to prepare for the impacts of climate change? 

In this session, we will discuss the significant impact of climate change on communities experiencing poverty, limited access to essential services and resources, wars and conflict, high levels of climate-sensitive livelihoods and governance challenges.We will then provide a case study on community engagement in one of the largest refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Community development as the basis of social, ecological, and productive resilience

Patricia Loayza was an advisor to two State portfolios: the Ministry of Indigenous, Peasant, Gender, and Generational Affairs and the Ministry of Popular Participation. She represented Bolivia in several international conferences of the United Nations, the OAS, and ECLAC. She made a career in the Social Investment Fund and was the leader responsible for the reengineering of the Productive and Social Investment Fund, one of the important public entities in the management of public investment in Bolivia. She was the national director of gender affairs at the Ministry of Sustainable Development. In the field of private consulting, she acted as an expert in public planning and development cooperation projects with UNDP, FAO, UNICEF, UN Women, Belgian Technical Cooperation, GTZ, GIZ, Cooperation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SDC, IDB, AIF, among other. She is an international senior facilitator for participatory planning processes. In 2011 she created Kinitro-Consultoría y Capacitación, a company with which she works to this day.

Summary : The application and localization of a methodological proposal to improve the well-being of local and indigenous communities that live in natural landscapes on which an important part of their livelihoods depends. The purpose is environmental conservation, with an impact on community health and its determinants. Its characteristics are: i) the intersectoral approach, ii) the implementation of the principle of “leaving no one behind”; iii) the strengthening of solidarity and collaborative work practices, and iv) community development as the articulating axis of all actions.

Advancing Community Health: Fighting Poverty, Ensuring Health Security, and Achieving Universal Health Coverage – Insights from Kenya and Eastern Africa

Alice Lakati, is a seasoned epidemiologist and public health expert with over 20 years of distinguished performance. She currently serves as the Director of Research and Community Extension at Amref International University, affiliated with Amref Health Africa. Dr. Lakati has extensive experience leading the design and implementation of research and evaluations across multiple African countries. She has taught at universities in Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia, and has held roles such as acting Vice-Chancellor and founding Dean at Amref International University. Dr. Lakati holds a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master of Applied Epidemiology. She has contributed to global health through participation in expert committees, including a role with the World Health Organization in 2005, reviewing safe water guidelines. Dr. Lakati is known for her dynamic leadership and mentorship of young scholars, focusing her passion on education, public health nutrition, community health, and the impact of climate change on health.

Download the presentation from Alice Lakati

Summary: The session aims to provide a thorough exploration of community health at the grassroots level, emphasising its pivotal role in fostering well-being. It will critically analyze bottlenecks obstructing progress in community health initiatives and propose strategic solutions.. Additionally, it will rigorously assess the substantial impact of climate change on community health, including its influence on disease epidemiology and health outcomes. The session will conclude by outlining actionable strategies aimed at mitigating these impacts and strengthening resilience within community health frameworks.

Community health hubs

You can reflect and discuss in your community health hub on the lessons learnt and how these can be applied to different national and/or regional contexts. This is your opportunity to get to know other participants, share information, experiences and concerns.

Plenary feedback Community health hubs and closure day 2


6 June 2024 : Day 3 – Empowerment and activism

Welcome

The Power of Advocacy and Engagement for poverty reduction – Health care system and policy actions

Dr Iffat Elbarazi is an “Assistant Professor in Public Health” with over 20 years of experience in academia,  health care and patients’ services, community health education and promotion. She worked in many countries around the world including the UAE. She has initiated collaborative studies around different public health and health promotion topics). Her research interests include health promotion and health education, psychosocial and mental health, chronic diseases prevention, women’s health and healthy lifestyle determinants and practices. She has been recognized for excellence in research and patients’ support, for undergraduate teaching, and outreach. She has a strong background in qualitative research and behavioral change theories.

Summary : This presentation will explore the critical link between community health and poverty alleviation. The talk will illustrate how empowering local health initiatives can lead to substantial improvements in both health outcomes and economic stability. This session aims to provide actionable measures and using a collaborative approach to community health challenges, role OF community leaders and healthcare advocates in implementing sustainable health-driven poverty reduction programs.

Strengthening community health to combat poverty: an analysis based on community projects in Benin (in French)

Ange-Marie Nicodème ESSE, MSc. Health Promotion. He is a Community Health Advocate and Co-founder of the Health Access Initiative (HAI) in Benin. He is an active member of the Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (REFIPS) and National Representative for Benin for the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education. He works as a public health project officer and regional research assistant on the Urban Poverty and Justice project in French-speaking West Africa at Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI). His career path reflects his passion for improving global health policies and engaging young people in popularising health promotion through community initiatives. Over the past three years, he has developed expertise in participatory action research on the legal empowerment system and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Summary : The aim of this presentation is to show how community projects in Benin influence the social determinants of health. Using a practical and concrete approach, it explores examples of interventions focusing on food, entrepreneurship, education and access to healthcare, and shows how these initiatives strengthen the resilience of communities while improving their well-being.
Examples include Project ARCH (Assurance pour le Renforcement du Capital Humain), which provides health insurance to over 180,000 of the most vulnerable citizens, particularly the extreme poor. The latter receive free care for three years, giving them better access to healthcare while preserving their economic capital. This helps to avoid situations where families are drawn into a vicious circle of poverty due to unforeseen health expenses.

Intersectional perspectives on poverty, activism, advocacy and community health: Protecting the human rights of intersex people

Amets Suess Schwend, PhD in Social Anthropology, MA Arts Therapies and BA/MA Sociology. They work in research, teaching and consultancy at the Andalusian School of Public Health, Area of International Health, Granada, Spain, and collaborate as PhD supervisor at the University of Granada. Their recent publications focus on intersex and trans studies, human rights, depathologization and research epistemologies, methodologies and ethics. 

Summary : In the presentation, I will review the role of activism, advocacy and community health in addressing human rights violations and situations of poverty intersex people are exposed to. I will analyze the current situation from intersectionality, social determinants of health, human rights and depathologization perspectives, as well as social movement theories. As reported by intersex activism, intersex studies and human rights bodies, in different world regions intersex people are frequently exposed to non-consensual and not clinically necessary surgeries and other treatments, discrimination, and lack of access to needed health care. The intersectionality and social determinants of health frameworks can be useful to analyze the complex intersections between structural inequities, cultural norms, social stigmatization, clinical practices, health problems and poverty intersex people experience. Intersex studies and social movement theories have developed theoretical frameworks for analyzing the role of intersex activism and advocacy, including their role for community health. International and regional intersex activist networks and human rights bodies have contributed recommendations for protecting the human rights of intersex people and facilitating respectful, non-pathologizing and human rights-based health care approaches. In the presentation, I will focus specifically on the role of community health, forms of collaboration with intersex activism and advocacy, and context-specific opportunities, challenges and strategies.

Community health hubs

You can reflect and discuss in your community health hub on the lessons learnt and how these can be applied to different national and/or regional contexts. This is your opportunity to get to know other participants, share information, experiences and concerns.

Plenary feedback Community health hubs and closure day 1


Reading suggestions

Joyce Browne, Charisma Hehakaya, Camilla Alay Llamas and Sayed Mohammad Nazim Uddin

  • Amiraslani, F.; Dragovich, D. A Social Dimension of Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change: Empowering Local Rural Communities to Confront Extreme Poverty. Climate 202311, 240. https://doi.org/10.3390/cli11120240
  • Ebi, K. L., & Semenza, J. C. (2008). Community-based adaptation to the health impacts of climate change. American journal of preventive medicine, 35(5), 501-507.
  • Khatibi, F. S., Dedekorkut-Howes, A., Howes, M., & Torabi, E. (2021). Can public awareness, knowledge and engagement improve climate change adaptation policies?. Discover Sustainability, 2, 1-24.
  • Stephenson, J., Barth, J., Bond, S., Diprose, G., Orchiston, C., Simon, K., & Thomas, A. (2020). Engaging with communities for climate change adaptation: introducing community development for adaptation. Policy Quarterly, 16(2).

Iffat Elbarazi

Ange-Marie Nicodème Esse

Alice Lakati

Glenn Laverack

Patricia Loayza

François Ndikumwenayo and Alexis Nizigiyimana

Three videos of Burundian children living with T1D developed and shared online – story-telling and sharing:

Amets Suess Schwend


Facilitators

Fernande Ahouéfa Agossou, Msc Community Health. A seasoned community health specialist with over 6 years’ experience, I am passionate about improving people’s health. My expertise in community mobilisation and health promotion has enabled me to successfully combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, diarrhoeal diseases and sexual and reproductive health issues. At the heart of communities, I work with local players to find innovative solutions that have an impact on health.
My day-to-day aim is to be the ideal ally for community health projects.

Julia Aguilera

Eric Breton, is the President of the EUPHA Health Promotion Section. He is professor of health promotion at the EHESP School of public health. Before settling in France, he acquired a broad international experience in research in Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. His main research interests focus on policy advocacy strategies in the prevention of NCDs, evaluation of complex community-based interventions, and on local capacity building strategies for health and equity. He is an affiliated researcher of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, and sits on different national and regional expert groups. In 2020, he published with three other editors the second edition of the first health promotion handbook in French, a publication that has mobilized contributions from 40 authors from 6 countries.

Paule-Andrée Byron-Louis studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy at the Université d’État d’Haïti. She went on to train in public health and health promotion at the École de Santé Publique in Nancy. She then studied public management at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Quebec. She has worked as a civil servant in the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population, from local to central level, in executive and management positions. She has experience in health promotion, health communication, community health and national immunisation programme management. She’s currently a Technical Adviser in the Health Promotion and Environmental Protection Department, Focal Point for Climate Change and she’s doing a Master’s degree in research at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique du Québec (ENAP).
Community life : Member of REFIPS, IUHPE, the Public Health Association of Haiti and representative of the Ministry of Public Health and Population on the National Bioethics Committee.

Liane Comeau has been the Executive Director of the International Union for Health Promotion and Health Education (IUHPE) since April 2018. She has worked in a pan-Canadian NGO, Invest in Kids, as Director of Research and Evaluation, and as Specialized Scientific Advisor at the “Institut national de santé publique du Québec” (INSPQ), focusing on health promotion initiatives targeting children, adolescents and families. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from McGill University (2004). She has published scientific papers on various topics including mental health and child development, and co-authored several reports on policy-relevant public health topics while at the INSPQ.

Alyssa Curto is a senior at Ramapo College of New Jersey. She is majoring in Communications Arts with a concentration in global communication and media, and a minor in marketing. Alyssa is involved in a faculty-student research project analyzing undergraduate college students’ relationship with neurodiversity and inclusivity, and exploring accommodations for enhancing learning opportunities. She is also a member of the Lambda Pi Eta honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and NSCS honor society. Alyssa is a student athlete and a member of the women’s lacrosse team at Ramapo College.

Satarupa Dasgupta is an Associate Professor of Applied Communication at Ramapo College of New Jersey, USA. Her research focuses on health communication program development and implementation, with her experience spanning academia and the not-for-profit sector. She has worked on HIV/STI intervention development among commercial sex workers, on prevention of sex trafficking and rehabilitation of sex trafficking survivors in international settings, and also on intimate partner violence prevention among immigrant communities in the US. She has published her research in peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, special issues of journals, essays and blog posts etc. and has won several awards and grants. She has also served on several national and international organizations as program chair, and she is on the editorial board for several journals.

Oumar Bella Diallo, a Senegalese citizen, holds a Master 2 in Life and Earth Sciences Teaching, a Licence 3 in Education and Health Promotion, and a Licence 3 in Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences. He studied Science and Technology, specialising in Life and Earth Sciences, at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. He teaches natural sciences and promotes health. As a professional involved in health promotion, he strives to improve the health of vulnerable populations and reduce social inequalities in health. He is keen to put his skills and experience to good use at this global community health workshop. He is currently a junior researcher and member of the advisory committee of the HIRA (Héberger, Informer, Re-socialiser et Accueillir) research-action project, run by the LASPAD (Laboratoire d’Analyses des Sociétés et des Pouvoirs / Afrique Diaspora) at the UGB in Saint-Louis. The project examines the political and social challenges involved in providing health care for adolescent victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Senegal.

Rosalie Aduayi Diop is a teacher/researcher at the Institute of Population, Development and Reproductive Health at Cheikh Diop University in Dakar (IPDSR/UCAD). She has a PhD in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Dr Diop is involved in a wide range of teaching and research activities in Senegal, focusing on issues such as changes in the family, adolescents and young people in vulnerable situations, violence and reproductive health, and maternal health. She is also an active member of the Association internationale des sociologues de langue française (AISLF); research committee No. 28 Sociologie de la Jeunesse; the International Sociological Association (ISA); and recently a committee member of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

Dr. Bin Dong is Professor at the School of Public Health, Peking University and Chair manager of UNESCO Global Health and Education, PKU. Dr. Dong focuses on cardiovascular health and health related standards in children and adolescents. He is the chairman of School Health Standards Professional Committee of National Health Standards Commission. Dr. Dong has spearheaded numerous research projects, contributed to over 60 publications in prestigious journals, drafted 6 national-level health standards related to child and adolescent health, and served as the chief editor for Level 3 of the first national compulsory education textbook Physical Education and Health.

Ange-Marie Nicodème ESSE, MSc. Health Promotion. He is a Community Health Advocate and Co-founder of the Health Access Initiative (HAI) in Benin. He is an active member of the Réseau francophone international pour la promotion de la santé (REFIPS). He works as a public health project officer and regional research assistant on the Urban Poverty and Justice project in French-speaking West Africa at Justice & Empowerment Initiatives (JEI). His career path reflects his passion for improving global health policies and engaging young people in popularising health promotion through community initiatives. Over the past three years, he has developed expertise in participatory action research on the legal empowerment system and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.

Daniel L. F. GANGBE, MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion. He is a consultant and adviser on health/nutrition programmes for local NGOs and international organisations in Benin. With over 8 years’ experience in managing and implementing community projects, he is passionate about promoting community empowerment at grassroots level to manage health problems and actively participate in devising innovative and sustainable solutions. With the NGO HAI, he works to combat injustice and strengthen community power for change.

Nancylie Prisile GBAGUIDI is a doctor completing her training at the University of Abomey-Calavi/FSS, where she is pursuing her passion for medical research, public health and women’s empowerment. She is certified in Humanitarian Project Management, Leadership and Management in Health and Sustainable Development, and in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, enabling her to contribute effectively to the health problems of her community. She describes herself as open-minded, tolerant and a leader, with strong communication and teamwork skills.

As a recent graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, Melissa Glasson is eager to step into the professional world as a communication researcher, editor and writer, and above all, as an advocate for neurodivergent young individuals. Melissa has conducted research on the discourse and policymaking surrounding neurodivergence within the context of health communication. At the 2024 Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Boston, she presented her research exploring accommodation services for undergraduate students with learning disabilities. She was awarded Best Project for her campaign proposal on addressing gender biases in ADHD diagnoses in a research symposium at her institution.

Abubakar Ibrahim Hassan, Ph.D is an expert in Community Health Education and School Health Programme. A current Head of Department, Human Kinetics and Health Education, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria, a Member of Senate and Research Ethics Committee on Science, Environment and Technology of the University. He also worked in Primary, Secondary and College of Education, supervised many Ph.Ds, M.Sc(Ed) and Undergraduate Students, a SAGE Reviewer and a Principal Investigator in TETFUND Institutional Based Research. Dr. Abubakar is the CEO/Founder of Community Education and Health Promotion Initiative (CEHPI), Chairperson, Kano State Chapter and National Auditor of Nigerian Association of Health Educators.

Sara Hosbach is a passionate 21-year-old recent graduate from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She majored in communication arts with a concentration in global media and communication, and a minor in international studies. Sara presented her research on the inaccessibility of menstrual healthcare at the 2024 Eastern Communications Association conference and at the New Jersey Women and Gender Studies Colloquium—where her paper received the second-best paper award—besides several other research conferences. She hopes to work in the realm of health communication, policy development and advocacy with a special emphasis on gender equity and social justice. 

Néonelle Prisca Houngnissi, Health Socio-Anthropologist. As a Community Activist member of the NGO HAI, I’m part of a team of very dynamic young people working to reduce social inequalities in health and neglected tropical diseases. Promoting and working for a global and local vision of health. To have a world/society where everyone can claim their freedom, where everyone knows, can assert and exercise their rights.

Dr. Yifei Hu Professor, School of Public Health, Capital Medical University, Co-chair of UNESCO Global Health and Education, PKU. Dr. Hu mainly focuses on epidemiology: cardiovascular risk factors and environmental health among child and adolescent health, breastfeeding, as well HIV/HPV and COVID-19 infection and wastewater epidemiology. Since 2015, Dr. Hu has spearheaded numerous research projects, contributed to over 100 publications in prestigious journals. Dr. Hu is actively involved in social services, notably serving as the chief editor for Level 1 of the first national compulsory education textbook “Physical Education and Health,” which is expected to benefit millions of children in China.

Joy Ukanne Ikegulu is a Researcher of Health Promotion and Public Health Education at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.She has published and co-authored scientific papers on various topics in Health Promotion.She is an Exco of the Nigeria Association of Health Educators (Anambra State Chapter) Nigeria,and a member of Health Promotion Research Association of Nigeria.

William Jackson is a senior student at Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in communication arts with a concentration in journalism and writing. William is interested in health communication, risk communication, and substance abuse disorders, and is passionate about conducting research on harm reduction. William presented his research on fentanyl test kits at the 2024 Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Boston, and also at his institution’s college-wide research symposium.

Léonard Kabo

Dr. Yinghua Ma is Professor of the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health of Peking University, China, and the chairholder of UNESCO Chair on Global Health & Education since 2022. She is the leader of the Expert Group of China’s National Healthy School initiative started in 2023, the deputy leader of the National Consultative Task Force on HIV Education in School, Director of School Branch of Chinese Association for Health Promotion and Education, chairperson of the School Health Branch of the Chinese Association for Student Nutrition and Health Promotion, and vice president of Physical and Health Education Branch of the Chinese Society of Education. She is dedicated to school health education, and serves as editor-in-chief of Physical and Health Education Textbooks for Compulsory Education to be published by People’s Education Press. She is committed to advocating school life skills education and has developed a book series on life skills‐based health education and HIV prevention, including teachers’ guide and student textbooks.

Bineta Marie-Rose Kone

Arielle Loriane Kemgne Mobou, holds a doctorate in medicine and is an alumini-certified member of the Young Leaders for Antimicrobial Resistance (YLAMR) programme. She is passionate about public health research, particularly on antimicrobial resistance and neglected tropical diseases. She would very much like to help limit the emergence of antimicrobial resistance and improve the quality of life and care of populations.

Carole Matchuindem. Driven by the reduction of human suffering, I obtained a doctorate in general medicine in Cameroon. In addition to clinical care, I worked in NGOs to promote women’s and children’s health. In Canada, determined to act upstream on health issues, I worked as an occupational health and safety consultant before taking a master’s degree in public health at the Université de Montréal, majoring in health promotion, after which I am now a project manager at RÉFIPS. My areas of interest include reducing social inequalities in health and promoting positive mental health in children and women.

Abdou Khaly Mbodj holds a master’s degree in community health from the Université Alioune Diop in Bambey, Senegal. He is the General Manager of the Rao Bussiness Kheweul company and the Saint Louis global coordinator of the Rawal Ak Diam platform, a project to improve maternal and child health. He is also a lecturer on the professional degree course in Education and Health Promotion at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, with the UNESCO Chair Global Helath & Education and Health.

Emily Melvin is an emerging researcher in the field of health communication exploring outcomes, support-seeking and service utilization related to intimate partner violence among under-researched and underserved populations. Emily presented her co-authored research with her faculty mentor at the 2024 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) annual Conference. She has also presented her undergraduate research at the 2023 ECA conference. Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and with a concentration in digital journalism and writing. Outside of academia, Emily is an editorial assistant at the New Jersey Monthly Magazine. 

Asyncrite Ntoto, Doctor, communications officer for the synergy against cancer, project manager and coordinator of the Young Ambassadors of Africa collective.

Yetunde Adenike Oguntokun, the Principal Partner at Behaviour Modification Media, has a Master’s degree in Psychology (Clinical) and has attended courses and workshops on health promotion. A vibrant creative, she fuses her passion for health promotion and background in behavioural health with her gift for story telling to communicate health messages in everyday language. She has initiated several community health education projects including ’The Mindset’, a seminar series on mental health; ’My Life, My Choice’ interactive adolescents substance abuse prevention sessions; ’In Transit’ radio drama series on road safety; and ’Kajay Street’, a multi-platform health promotion edutainment drama series.

Dr. Chrysantus Onwurah, is a lecturer and researcher at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. She has PhD in Public Health Education. Her expertise lies in health promotion, public health education, and mental health. She is passionate about empowering individuals and communities to make informed health decisions. Her research focuses on sexual risk behaviors, health promotion strategies, public health policy and mental health interventions. I am excited to share my knowledge and collaborate with like-minded professionals to drive positive change. Thank you 

Joseph Santana is a senior student at Ramapo College of New Jersey majoring in communication with a concentration in global communication and media studies, and a minor in filmmaking.  He is passionate about representation and story-telling, and he wants to learn how to tell the stories of underrepresented and minoritized people. Joseph presented his research at the 2024 Eastern Communication Association annual conference in Boston, and also at his institution’s college-wide research symposium.

Amets Suess Schwend, PhD in Social Anthropology, MA Arts Therapies and BA/MA Sociology. They work in research, teaching and consultancy at the Andalusian School of Public Health, Area of International Health, Granada, Spain, and collaborate as PhD supervisor at the University of Granada. Their recent publications focus on intersex and trans studies, human rights, depathologization and research epistemologies, methodologies and ethics. 

Tin’ga Telou is a project officer at the UNESCO Chair “Global Health and Education”. She has a master 1 degree in education sciences from the Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), as well as a dietitian diploma and professional degree in management and support of pedagogical projects on prevention and health education. Over the last 20 years, she has worked to promote healthy ageing and care for dependent people, to educate people about quality food that is accessible to all and to support employees in developing their skills. She is currently coordinator of the vocational degree in health education and promotion at Cheik Anta Diop University in Dakar (Senegal), and collaborates with various local players to organisation to implement educational health pathways (France).

Gildas Vieira, doctor of Public Health, is the Managing Director of FRAPS- Fédération des Acteurs en Promotion de la Santé. President of Think Tank Kama Afrique Vision. His most recent book is : « Santé communautaire et interculturalité ». His work focuses on interculturality and community health. He believes that health promotion is a major factor in reducing social inequalities in health. He is commited to genuine participation through political and professional advocacy aimed at developing the power to act.

Ms. Fan Zhu serves as an officer for the UNESCO Chair on Global Health and Education (Peking University) and also is a current Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, Peking University. Her research focuses on child and adolescent health, physical fitness training and the prevention of common childhood diseases.

Maria Zuniga is from Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA and a senior student at Ramapo College majoring in communication arts with a concentration in global communication and media studies She is interested in health communication and community-based communication, and aims to work in a field geared towards achieving social justice among underserved and marginalized populations. Maria is fluent in Spanish and English.


Organisation

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