WHO European Healthy Cities Network workshop and master class: Healthy people and healthy places in the WHO European Region

27–28 September 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network of WHO/Europe’s Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being is organizing a 2-day workshop and master class, hosted by the National Health Service (NHS) Scotland. The meeting focuses on the concept of place in relation to the health and well-being of people.

NHS Health Scotland, together with the Scottish Government, Architecture Design Scotland and Glasgow City Council, has developed and is implementing The Place Standard across Scotland. The purpose of The Place Standard is to ensure that all places in Scotland nurture the well-being of all people within them.

The meeting will bring together key academics, technical experts, city representatives from the WHO Healthy Cities Network (political and technical), WHO staff and peers from the Place Standard Implementation Group and Board. Together they will build capacity and to identify next steps for action.

The meeting will have 4 key objectives:

  1. to contribute to the development of a common understanding of the concept of place in the context of The Place Standard, and the opportunities for health promotion and public health;
  2. to contribute to a better understanding of the application of The Place Standard among participants through case studies and applied learning opportunities;
  3. to build on the discussions of setting and place in the context of the Healthy Cities Network following the Annual Business Meeting and Technical Conference of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network, which took place on 1¬–3 March 2017 in Pécs, Hungary; and
  4. to identify next steps for action for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.