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Joining forces in health promotion to tackle the burden of chronic diseases in Europe

24 November 2015 @ 08:00 - 25 November 2015 @ 17:00


On 24-25 November, JA-CHRODIS organized a conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, entitled Joining Forces in Health Promotion to Tackle the Burden of Chronic Diseases in Europe.
The aim of this conference was to provide JA-CHRODIS partners and relevant EU level, national and local policy makers, and practitioners, the opportunity to discuss the state of health promotion and primary prevention in Europe, how to move forward the recommendations resulting from the European Union’s Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases in this area, and to share examples of good practices.
The conference also reflected on whether good practices can be transferred to other contexts and, if so, how these can be identified, what criteria should be applied in order to choose them. Also discussed were the criterions to promote a series of study visits and recommendations on practical measures that EU Member States and the EU can take to strengthen outcomes and secure more investments in this field.

Conference Agenda

Opening by

Jadvyga Zinkevièiûtë, Vice Minister of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania – Read the speech here

Welcome by

Teresa Chavarria, Coordinator of the JA CHRODIS, Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain – Read the speech here

Thomas Kunkel, CHRODIS WP 5 Leadership, Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), Germany – Read the speech here

Session 1: The State of Health Promotion and Primary Prevention in Europe

EU Policy on Health Promotion and Chronic Diseases – Michael Huebel, Head of Unit DG SANTE, European Commission

Recent Developments, Barriers and Potentials of Health Promotion in EuropeClive Needle, Policy & Advocacy Director, EuroHealthNet

Health Promotion and Primary Prevention of NCDs in Europe – Jose Luis Castro, Chair, NCD Alliance Europe

Speech Highlights

Session 2: From Present to Future – What Works, What’s Needed? Panel discussion on future visions for health promotion and primary prevention

Elena Coffano, Head of Unit, Local Health Authority Turin, Italy

Valgerdur Gunnarsdottir, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Welfare, Iceland

Cate Hartigan, Assistant National Director, Health Promotion & Improvement, Health Services Executive (HSE), Ireland

Wil de Zwart, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, The Netherlands

Ingrida Zurlyte, Head of WHO Country Office, Lithuania

Panel discussion on the future vision for health promotion and primary prevention at EU, national and sub-national policy makers

Aim: Explore how member states can work together to overcome barriers, address gaps and needs, and strengthen investments and the effectiveness of HP and primary prevention measures

Discussion key topics and highlights

Session 3: From Present to Future II – What Works? What’s Needed?

JA-CHRODIS and Good Practices in the Field of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Concept, Methods and Outputs
Thomas Kunkel, BZgA, Germany

Country Reports: Findings, Needs and Priorities for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention across Europe
Anne Pierson, EuroHealthNet, Belgium

Interactive group discussions with JA-CHRODIS partners on the situation in EU member states

Marketplace for the Promotion of Good Practices

Session 4: Moving Forward – Shaping the Further Process of Mutual Exchange

Implementation of good practices from the point of view of professionals: Why implement good practices and why not?
Djoeke Van Dale, RIVM, The Netherlands

Transferability of good practices in practical terms: How good practices were transferred within the framework of the EMPATHiE- project (Empowerment of Patients in their Management of Chronic Diseases)
Prof Bo Bergman, Chalmers University of Gothenberg, Sweden; member of European Health Futures Forum (EHFF), UK

Interactive Group Discussion: How to shape a framework and approach transferability of good practices in the Joint Action CHRODIS


24 November 2015 @ 08:00
25 November 2015 @ 17:00
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Totoriu str. 23
Totoriu str. 23
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