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Spring school on the whole-of-society approach and role of primary health care in population health, prevention, and intersectoral action for equity in health and well-being

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, the National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia, and the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota, in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe,,organized the Spring School in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 23–25 April 2018. The School was open to international participants. Continue reading

RHN workshop on gender health, women’s health strategy and men’s health strategy, Lugano (Ticino Region), Switzerland, 17–18 April 2018

A growing body of evidence supports the use of gender-responsive approaches to promoting the health and well-being of women and men, and boys and girls. Since gender-related norms and roles have a strong influence on risk factors for disease, policy-makers need to consider their relationship with the socioeconomic, cultural and environmental determinants of health across the life-course. The gender-equality agenda demands policy and action that engage men and women in transforming their roles and norms to achieve better health for all. Continue reading

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region’s ADESSO project on healthy ageing – 10 000 steps in 136 municipalities

At an event held on 12 December 2017 at the Palazzo Auditorium in Udine, Italy, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region presented the second phase of the Region’s ADESSO project on healthy ageing, namely health and safety. The aim of this phase of the project is to identify one or more paths in each municipality, which can be used by people over the age of 50 to meet the WHO recommendations of 10 000 steps a day to combat hypertension, diabetes, obesity, stress and depression. By 2016, the Project had included 136 municipalities of the Region, involving multilevel governance.

European Regional and Local Health Authorities (EUREGHA) Annual Conference 2017: exploring regional cross-border cooperation in health: current practices and future outlooks – Regions for Health (RHN) experience and good practice

The Conference, which took place on 6 December at the Welsh Government European Office, Brussels, Belgium, covered many important aspects of, and good practice in, cross-border cooperation on health. Kerstin Kittenberger and Judith Kramer (Lower Austria Region, Austria) presented the Lower Austria cross-border health-care cooperation project, “Healthacross”, that promotes increased accessibility to health care, treatment and emergency care in border regions. Elisabeth Bengtsson (Region Västra Götaland, Sweden) presented the goals of RHN, emphasizing the importance of building cooperation among regions in EU in the field of health.

RHN workshop “Transformative health promotion: why gender stereotypes and culture matter” at the 10th European Public Health Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-4 November 2017

During this RHN workshop, organized in the context of the “Strategy for women’s health and well-being in the WHO European Region”, and chaired by Piroska Ostlin, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe, promising practice and initiatives at the subnational and small-countries levels were presented, including Andalusia, Spain, Canton Ticino, Switzerland, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy, San Marino, and Västra Götaland, Sweden.

RHN workshop “The sustainability agenda: action required to maximize impact across countries and regions” at the 10th European Public Health Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-4 November 2017

Organized by WHO and chaired by Piroska Ostlin, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being, WHO Regional Office for Europe, the event brought together WHO experts and RHN members to demonstrate the links between global, European, national and subnational contexts and policy agendas for sustainable development and health. The latest RHN publication, “Sustainable development in Wales and other regions in Europe – achieving health and equity for present and future generations”, was released during the workshop.

RHN Workshop “Urban environments: action for health and equity”, at the 10th European Public Health Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-4 November 2017

Developed jointly by the Healthy Cities Network and RHN, this workshop presented the main challenges to local action for resilient and healthy communities, providing an overview of the most relevant environment and health issues to be tackled by European cities and regions. The workshop included a presentation by a representative of the Wales region, United Kingdom, and roundtable discussions involving representatives of the Centre for Health and Development in Murska Sobota, Slovenia, the Healthy Cities Scientific Committee, the Flanders Institute for Technological Development, Belgium, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden, and the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey.

Presentation of the Emilia-Romagna Region’s Social and Health Plan 2017-2019

At an event held in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 9 October 2017 the Emilia-Romagna Region presented its Social and Health Plan for 2017–2019. The Plan is the result of a huge participatory process, involving more than 500 stakeholders, including representatives of health and social institutions, the third sector, trade unions, associations and citizens.