Global Community Health Annual Workshop

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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 & Education, University of Clermont Auvergne, University 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).


The third edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop will take place from 13 till 15 June 2023.


The overall workshop theme is “Sustainable community health: practice-based solutions for today’s challenges”. The theme will be explored via three sub-themes, one for each workshop day:

  • Food security
  • Mental health
  • Environmental health

Each year the Community Health workshop focuses on a practice-based solution. This year it will be on stakeholder engagement and mobilisation of the community. Examples of these will relate to the sub-theme each day. Stakeholders include families, professionals, commercial interests and policymakers as relevant to each health topic.

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
Block 1
Block 2

The workshop uses an interactive format ensuring active participation through a series of online lectures and a video series called “voices from the field”, 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 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.

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.


The draft programme including speakers can be downloaded here (pdf). The detailed programme including reading suggestions can also be found on this webpage. This page will be updated regularly.

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.

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.


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.

On the registration form you can indicate if you are willing to interpret the online lectures from English into your own language. We will offer interpretation when at least 2 participants can interpret. Interpreters will be supported by the organisers.

Participants can indicate their preferred language for the community health hubs. Based on the registrations and the availability of facilitators for the community health hubs, the organisers will organise these groups in different language groups.

Certificate of attendance and accreditation

After attending the lectures and contributing to the group assignment 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.


Registration for the third edition of the Global Community Health Annual Workshop is open. Participants can register by completing the online registration form. Participating in the workshop is free of charge. Registration will close on Sunday 11 June 2023, 12.00 CEST. For questions please send an email to


Coordinating group

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

Advisory board

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

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: