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Second Joint European Public Health Conference: Human Ecology and Public Health [Lodz 2009] [20094303] - Conference
General objectives

The general objectives of the 2009 European Public Health Conference in Lodz were closely linked to the EU Health Programme 2008-13 and the Work Plan for 2009, focusing on building the capacity of public health experts by actively organising the European (and international) exchange of knowledge and best practice and on organising a successful European public health conference.
The two main objectives of Lodz 2009 were:
1. To focus on building the capacity of public health experts by actively organising the European (and international) exchange of knowledge and best practice; and
2. To organise a successful European public health conference.

Expected achievements

Lodz 2009 expected to organise a successful conference and thereby:
• promote networks and synergies in the field of public health between individual experts and among public health institutions
• exchange and disseminate health information and knowledge, research results and policy outcomes at a European dimension
• focus on evidence based public health findings presented by scientifically sound abstracts scored according to European transferability
• collaborate more closely with other European public health NGOs, e.g. EPHA, EHMA and set up specific plans of future joint activities (e.g. jointly organised conferences, joint newsletters)
• inform about and discuss the citizens` health security
• further the research-teaching collaboration (EUPHA - ASPHER)
• contribute to shaping the future public health agenda in Europe
• encourage local media coverage and increase the visibility for public health issues and the promotion of public health in the organising country
• further the discussion and research on the impact of the global environmental change on the health of populations
• build the capacity of participants and disseminate the content of presentations to the EUPHA and ASPHER networks
• contribute to the main priority areas of the 2009 Work Plan and represent them in the scientific programme
• cover specific sub-priorities through organised workshops and pre-conferences (e.g. child health, mental health, communicable diseases)
• promote a wider dissemination of EU policies and priorities
• facilitate and disseminate existing and new EU projects (e.g. MEHO, STEPS)
• increase the interaction between different pillars of public health
• contribute to the monitoring of the state of health of the EU population and the reduction of health inequalities
• produce and exchange better knowledge and best practice to eventually arrive at a healthier and wealthier society

Target audience

As a further step from the 2008 conference in Lisbon, the 2009 conference was organised as one joint conference of two major European public health associations (EUPHA and ASPHER) with the overall aim of motivating all major European public health associations to collaborate in the future.
Lodz 2009 was attended by 838 participants from 50 countries and from a varied professional background (researchers, policy makers, practitioners, training professionals, students and representatives from international bodies - EC, WHO, OECD, EEA - and NGOs - HEAL, EPHA - active in public health projects from EU member states, other European countries and countries outside Europe).
Although the conference in principle had a European dimension with the involvement of both EU and non-EU countries, participation in the conference was open also to those from outside the European Region.
Special attention was given to public health experts from low income countries, particularly from CEE countries. A second special attention group was young researchers and students. For this group, a special (lowered) conference fee was offered.
Due to the collaboration of the two associations, we expected a significantly higher participation of deans and directors and students of public health schools from the European region, thereby also strengthening the fourth EUPHA pillar of “training” and adding another dimension to networking and collaboration possibilities.
This unique amalgam of public health expertise was innovative and future-oriented, uniting research and training, policy and practice, thereby reaching a vast group of public health experts and creating a network for future collaboration.

Conference programme

The plenary sessions were organised around the main theme of the conference and included sessions on `20 years of the European charter on environment and health`, `United Europe and public health problems - common policies and common responsibilities`, `Population health in an era of environmental change`, `Global environmental change and health inequalities`, `Ethics and public health`, `Violence and mental health`, and `Basic occupational health services for all - a global movement of underserved workers`. 10 extra-conference sessions were organised by partners, including ASPHER, EUPHA and EPHA. A total of 70 parallel sessions of 90 minutes each were organised. Next to the scientific programme, several committee meetings were organised, related to EUPHA and ASPHER, but also related to EU-funded projects (e.g. STEPS coordination meeting, MEHO final meeting).
The conference was open to presentations and discussions on all current and emerging issues in public health, it was however the intention of the organisers to have a focus on topics related to the main theme of the conference taking into account also the political priorities of the EC. These included:
1) Health and disease – an ecological approach
2) Global environmental change and populations’ health security
3) Social and environmental determinants of health
4) Health inequalities – reduction needs and approaches
5) Health promotion and disease prevention
6) Migration and cross-boarder health care
7) Health at work – prevention of occupational health risks and diseases
8) Nutrition for health and development
9) Strengthening the knowledge and information base for public health
10) Intercultural and interdisciplinary education and training.
Other informations and details regarding the conference agenda could be found in Final Technical Report bellow.

Details
Start date: 25/11/2009
End date: 25/07/2010
Duration: 8 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 100 000,00
Keywords: Health system
Portfolio: Healthcare