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

Peter Beznec

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.

Since 2009, as WHO collaborating centre for cross-sectoral approaches to health and development, the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota has been organizing public health schools and short training courses to enhance understanding of health inequalities and the social determinants of health in central, eastern and south-eastern Europe..

The objectives of the 2018 Spring School were to:

  • exchange experience in linking  Health 2020: the European policy for health and well-being and the whole-of-society approach with the Sustainable Development Goals
  • discuss the role of primary health care in population health and prevention, and share examples of international experience
  • exchange know-how, good practice and innovative approaches related to Health in All Policies with a focus on equity and the implementation of programmes for vulnerable groups through local partnerships and the whole-of-society approach
  • discuss programmes conducted by Slovenian centres for health promotion in primary care from different perspectives (public health, social protection, field experience).

RHN representatives from the Veneto Region (Italy), the Varna Region (Bulgaria); Estonia; Flanders (Belgium), Catalonia (Spain), and  Wales (United Kingdom) participated in the Spring School.