Coalition of Partners

The Coalition of Partners (CoP) takes collective action to strengthen essential public health services and capacities across the WHO European Region. The CoP provides:

  • a systemic platform for focusing efforts and resources in a meaningful and coordinated manner;
  • a community of practice for learning, innovating and strengthening management practices within public health services; and
  • new solutions, tools and projects to support the delivery of essential public health operations (EPHOs), with a particular focus on the 4 enabler functions of public health services.

Hashtag: #CoalitionofPartners

Who is part of the CoP?

The CoP is open to inviting and collaborating with decision-makers and experts from national public health services, international organizations and academia. To date, an interactive group of 42 partners has been contributing to the CoP’s draft Agenda for Action, developing comprehensive project proposals and providing input into how the CoP can move forward.

The CoP strives to capitalize on the momentum created by a renewed interest in public health services, revitalized partnerships, and innovative ideas on providing essential support to Member States in reforming their public health services.

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2017 activities (in collaboration with WHO/Europe’s public health services programme)

  • Ongoing: The University of Maastricht (Netherlands) is co-leading a second seminar on women’s leadership for public health in Odessa, Ukraine.
  • September–December 2017: Louisiana State University (United States of America) and Syreon Research Institute is co-leading a project on developing a financial practices assessment tool for financing public health services in Slovenia.
  • September–December 2017: EuroHealthNet, Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (the Austrian Public Health Institute) and select partners are co-leading a project on the development of a health promotion guide for managers and policy-makers to support them in setting up a health promotion service.
  • September–December 2017: The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) is leading a project on the development of a roadmap towards the professionalization of the public health workforce.
  • September–December 2017: ASPHER and the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA) are co-leading a project on the development of a handbook for managing credentialing and accreditation services in the European Region.
  • September–December 2017: The University of Maastricht is leading a project on the development of core competencies for public health professionals to enable competency-based recruitment practices.
  • November 2017: WHO/Europe and ASPHER will participate in a plenary session at the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) conference in Stockholm, Sweden, on public health leadership.
  • November 2017: In collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Finland, WHO/Europe will convene the 2nd Coalition of Partners expert meeting under the theme, “How do we collaborate powerfully and accelerate targeted action?”
  • Ongoing: WHO/Europe and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) are jointly supporting participants from the Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan to join the annual European National Public Health Institutes Directors’ Meeting in order to assist them in establishing a national public health institute.
  • Ongoing: ASPHER, the University of Maastricht and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Public Health Education and Training are joining the WHO/Europe mission to Georgia to undertake a preliminary assessment of the enabler functions in the context of strengthening the country’s public health services.

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The European Action Plan for Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services (2012–2020) (EAP-PHS) is a key implementation pillar of Health 2020, which aims to significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities and strengthen public health.

The values, aims and approaches of Health 2020 align with those of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As such, the implementation of Health 2020 supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Region.

WHO/Europe’s public health services programme is the custodian of the EAP-PHS, and a leader on the EPHOs. The EPHOs are the backbone of the EAP-PHS and the associated country-level self-assessments.

The midterm progress report on the implementation of the EAP-PHS provided 2 key insights. First, more effort should be focused on providing expert technical support to Members States in relation to the enablers of public health service delivery, namely:

  • public health legislation;
  • investment in public health services (based on burden of disease and effective interventions);
  • governance arrangements and organization of public health services; and
  • a public health workforce with 21st-century public health competencies (knowledge, skills and attitudes).

Second, WHO and the international community at large should focus efforts and resources in order to provide a meaningful and coordinated response to the needs of Member States for strengthening their public health services.

To these ends, the public health services programme convened the CoP to develop the joint Agenda for Action. The Agenda will focus on the 4 enablers of public health service delivery, and on strengthening national prevention, health promotion and health protection capacities.

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