Second WHO webinar in the series, “Environment and health tools”

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, online streaming: 11:00–12:00 CEST

On 8 May 2018, the WHO Regional Office for Europe will host the second in the webinar series, “Environment and health tools”, dedicated to encouraging commitment to and synergy on action related to environment and health at the subnational level.  The second webinar will present and discuss the “Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling”.

The aim of the webinar series is to present the range of tools, guidelines and briefs, which the WHO Regional Office for Europe has produced to support environmental leadership (including health-care professionals, health-service providers, researchers and policy-makers) at the subnational level. The material provides an overview of the most pressing environmental health challenges that European regions and cities are facing and presents methods of and opportunities for action in assessing and responding to them.

Originally intended for use at the subnational level (for example, by the Regions for Health Network (RHN)), the series is also open to networks at the national level (such as the Healthy Cities Network and the Small Countries Initiative) and others who may be interested in the topic.

The “Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT) for walking and cycling” was created specifically for use by civil servants, policy-makers and people responsible for transport and urban planning at the local level in the 53 WHO Member States in the European Region. The result of a collaborative intersectoral project, this software provides information about the health benefits of active mobility, like walking and cycling, and enables users without expertise in impact assessment to conduct economic assessments of the health effects of such exercise. Based on the best available evidence, the tool is user friendly and adaptable to the needs of a wide variety of professionals at both the national and local levels. It is freely available on the WHO website.

The second webinar will consist of a live discussion with leading experts and will be broadcast through online streaming. It will be open to anyone interested internationally. Participants will be welcome to submit questions for a live question-and-answer session with the expert panel.

About the second webinar

Date: Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Times: Live audience: 10:45–12:00 CEST; online streaming: 11:00–12:00 CEST

Live stream link: https://who-euro.webex.com/join/Venice

Background

In the WHO European Region, environmental factors that can be avoided or eliminated cause 1.4 million deaths each year and have a major impact on health in the form of noncommunicable diseases, disability and unintentional injury.  The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights the inseparable links between development, environment, human health and well-being, and commits governments and public authorities to developing coherent, multisectoral strategies for improving environmental conditions for health.

To increase commitment and networking on these topics, on 10 April 2018, the WHO Regional Office for Europe launched a new webinar series on environment and health tools, organized jointly by RHN, the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health, and the Environment and Health Process Secretariat.

About the first webinar

The aim of the first webinar, which involved around 30 participants from RHN, was to introduce the new webinar series, present the WHO European Environment and Health Process and the results of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, and provide an overview of the tools and guidelines that will be the subject of later webinars in the series.