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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018

PRE-CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016 (13:30 - 17:00) AND THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2016 (09:00 - 12:00)

Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Addressing health inequities across Europe: from evidence to policy

Organised by

Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life sciences, EUPHA Section on Public health practice and policy, Euro-Healthy project



This Expert Policy Forum will be instrumental facilitating interaction between stakeholders and policy makers and will provide the appropriate atmosphere for necessary open dialogue. The main goal of the pre-conference is to advance knowledge on policies and enhance interaction of policy makers and stakeholders to discuss policies with highest potential to enhance health and health equity across European regions with particular focus on metropolitan areas.
The sessions will start with an introduction and stimulating talk followed by a presentation of the population health index tool and its implication in foreseeing the impact of multilevel policies, benefits and challenges will be discussed with policy makers, stakeholders and scientist. The area of inequality and mortality will highlight examples of policies tackling socioeconomic inequality looking at policy challenges and evidence for policy making. The selected areas of concern physical environment and health will be an example area for discussing with policy makers selected policies and their implications as well as the evidence-to-policy process. Urban health will have a separate session to highlight the specific need for tools and policies tackling health challenges at the urban scale.

Each session will be set up with 4-5 policy makers, advocates or NGOs to present a policy implementation and related challenges. Sessions will be followed by a moderated question and answer dialogue. The preconference leaflet can be found here.

Preliminary programme Wednesday 9 November

13:30 – 14:00 Session 1 Opening and introduction: Thomas Krafft, Kai Michelsen, Maastricht University, The Netherlands, and Paula Santana, University of Coimbra, Portugal

14:00 – 15:00 Session 2 Urban Health: Gerard Salem, University Paris Ouest, France

15:00– 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:15 Session 3 Inequalities in Mortality: Carme Borrell, Agencia de Salud Publica de Barcelona, Spain

16:15 – 17:00 Session 4 Environment and Health: Sotiris Vardoulakis, Public Health England, United Kingdom

18:00 Social Event Buffet Dinner - Drinks

Preliminary programme Thursday 10 November

09:00 – 10:00 Session 5 Population health indices and policy design: the Euro-Healthy participatory approach - Part 1: Presentation Carlos Bana e Costa, University of Lisbon, Portugal

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15 Session 6 Population health indices and policy design: the Euro-Healthy participatory approach - Part 2: Discussion Carlos Bana e Costa, University of Lisbon, Portugal

11:15 – 12:00 Round table: Thomas Krafft, Kai Michelsen, Pedro Lopes Ferreira, Marcus Grant, Christoph Hamelmann, Andrea Ricci (FRESHER project) and Masha Smirnova (FRESHER project)

12:00-13:00 Network lunch

Registration Fee 

For this invitational preconference there is a limited number of 30 seats available. The registration fee is € 140 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments, not included is the social event.