EuroHealthNet, the Partnership of agencies and organisations working for health improvement and tackling inequalities, held its successful General Council meeting in Berlin. One of the main conclusions is that while health is increasingly included in various European policy areas, the promotion of health equity remains more relevant than ever. This requires expertise, strategic alliances and targeted action at all levels, from international to local.
EuroHealthNet’s members and partners discussed the Country Specific Recommendations that were recently published within the Framework of the EU Semester, as well as the guidance offered by the Social Investment Package . They explored how this can be used as a tool to promote work on the social determinants of health, develop integrated health system approaches and, ultimately, contribute to health equity between and within EU countries.
Senior representatives from the European Commission (DG SANCO) and WHO Europe presented their strategies and workplans, and invited EuroHealthNet’s members and partners to continue their efforts to improve health in Europe.
The Partnership welcomed the following new members: Tuscany region, Riga City Council Welfare Department, National Public Health Agency of Sweden, the Västra Götaland Region, the Public Health Agency of Cataluña, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the Institute of Public Health in Macedonia.
To the newly elected President of EuroHealthNet, Nicoline Tamsma, the growing interest in joining the Partnership is very encouraging: “The quality of our membership is our strength. It is great to see we are able to attract an increasingly diverse group of partners who share our commitment to promoting equitable health and health promoting systems. It will enrich mutual learning opportunities for our members and further enhance the contribution we can make to international, national and local health equity objectives.”
Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet’s Managing Director stated: “We are pleased with the support that over 40 member agencies give us to continue with the fight to reduce health inequalities, combat non-communicable diseases and strengthen the voice of health promotion as part of sustainable health systems. Many concrete activities, as published in the 2013-2014 annual report will be continued in 2015, thanks to our grant agreement under the EaSI Programme“.
EuroHealthNet also launched its brand new website aiming to illustrate its new structure based on three pillars: HPE (Health Promotion Europe), PHASE (Policy and Advocacy for health equity) and CIRI (Research and Knowledge transfer).
- More information on EuroHealthNet is available in the 2013-2014 Annual Report available here.
- For further information and any queries regarding EuroHealthNet’s new structure, contact EuroHealthNet’s Managing Director Caroline Costongs.
- For more information about EuroHealthNet membership and partnership, contact EuroHealthNet’s Operations Coordinator, Makfire Alija.