EuroHealthNet’s vision is of a society, in which all citizens enjoy their fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health, without distinction of race, religion, or economic or social condition.
Achieving this is not simply the responsibility of health care systems, but of all government sectors and actors that contribute to ensuring the conditions for good health, across the population. EuroHealthNet therefore stimulates and supports the implementation of integrated approaches addressing the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health. It operates at all levels and across the political spectrum in relevant health, social and employment fields to help ensure consistent, coherent, and effective action to sustain and improve health for all.
EuroHealthNet believes that investing in health and more equitable societies pays of, and that integrated policy objectives which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals are the best way to achieve improved health, wellbeing, and equity.
The term ‘health’ refers to both physical and mental health, which are interlinked. EuroHealthNet upholds the values of equity, justice, community engagement and empowerment of women and men, which lie at the heart of health promotion.
We work towards:
- Health systems and societies that move away from narrow, curative conceptions of health and place a greater emphasis on health promotion and on disease prevention.
- Health systems and governments that recognise that lifestyle related risk factors for bad health are strongly related to the conditions in which people learn, live, work, play, and age- the social determinants of health.
- Communities that effectively resource health promotion, and that invest in both up- and down-stream approaches to address the social determinants of health and reduce inequalities.