EuroHealthNet's Second Equity Week

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"Integrating coherent policy, practice and action"
29th-31st May 2012 • Brussels, Belgium

Hôtel Renaissance
19 Rue du Parnasse, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

EuroHealthNet hosted a week of activities to discuss the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities for future action to improve health equity, within and between European Countries, in times of social and economic crisis. Equity Week 2012 brought together policy makers from the EU, national and regional level. Leading practitioners from the health and social field and representatives from the research community debated about the best way forward to improve health outcomes through effective policy, practice and action.

The week opened on Tuesday 29th May with a Conference focusing on how to achieve effective collaboration across sectors to improve health and well-being in the EU. During the event outcomes of the DG SANCO co-funded ‘Crossing Bridges’ project was presented, which sought to identify and develop practical approaches to ensuring that health considerations are integrated into policies beyond the health sector. Thus, participants had the opportunity to take part in a short capacity building exercise to promote Health in All Policies (HiAP).

This was followed by EuroHealthNet's annual General Assembly on Wednesday 30th May. Linked to the General Assembly, capacity building workshops for EuroHealthNet members took place. The workshops presented the EU's health and social agenda, and the Europe 2020 strategy, with the aim of increasing members' capacities to play an active role in incorporating health equity considerations into policy instruments at EU and national level. An additional session looked at strengthening public health capacities in Europe and what role the EU can play.

The week ended on Thursday 31st May with a high level open event titled "The Road to 2020 and Sustainable Health Systems". This event aimed to address the challenges of achieving sustainable European health systems, with an expert panel exploring means of maintaining universal and equitable access to health in an adverse socio-economic context. It was an opportunity not only to highlight some of the EU mechanisms and strategies that are already in place, but also to look at what we need in future initiatives.

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