Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
The International Coordinating Centre (ICC) of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study is responsible for the management of the HBSC network. HBSC, founded in 1983, is an internation...
The International Coordinating Centre (ICC) of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) Study is responsible for the management of the HBSC network. HBSC, founded in 1983, is an internationally comparative study on adolescent health, presently conducted in 26/27 European Union (EU) Member States. Its mission is to monitor adolescent health and wellbeing over time; increase knowledge of adolescent health and social determinants in Europe; and disseminate information to key stakeholders. HBSC provides data to inform national/EU policies to improve the health outcomes of more than 200 million children. The study is an exceptional resource for governments and organisations including the European Commission, the WHO, UNICEF, and the OECD.
The ICC’s mission is to enable network cooperation/knowledge sharing, be the public face of the study and a source of intelligence for stakeholders. It supports HBSC member teams in developing and implementing surveys that gather public health statistics about a population group that reflects the most important trends impacting future health of European citizens. It promotes the network’s core principles and values including consultation, democracy, inclusion and transparency. It advocates equity, sustainability and empowerment so that all members can participate fully in the study development. These core values are recorded in the HBSC Terms of Reference, an internal set of rules that the network has agreed and committed to adhere to.
Under ICC’s guidance, HBSC is planning its future direction in the coming decades (aims and objectives):
widen reach - improve the visibility/profile of HBSC; include children currently missed/not identified so far;
identify emerging health issues - review/develop HBSC content to address new challenges to young people’s health; and
build capacity/plan for succession - share knowledge/intelligence within the network, so junior network members learn skills and all aspects of the study development.
The ICC widely and continuously consults with research and experts to improve its work and to communicate its aims, objectives and core values which have been published.
Start date: 01/08/2014 - End date: 01/08/2015
Call: Generate And Disseminate Health Information And Knowledge (Hi-2013)