Annual Report 2018 - 2019: Pathways to Sustainability

Pathways to sustainability for health promotion and prevention

How can we incorporate the concept of sustainability into public health policy, practice, and research? How to achieve sustainable financing for health promotion and prevention? What does it take to build sustainable partnerships to create a healthier, fairer future for all? EuroHealthNet’s annual report 2019, published today, explores these issues.  

It is my pleasure to address you as the EuroHealthNet president in the annual report for the first time. Serving on the board for the last 10 years has been a great opportunity to learn and to share knowledge, and I am proud to feel part of EuroHealthNet’s successful development story. I am therefore delighted to present this new report to you. We have created a fully digital, interactive version which represents our modern, forward looking approach. - Dr Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš, EuroHealthNet President.

EuroHealthNet’s work focuses on reducing health inequalities. We do so through action, policy, advocacy, and research on the determinants of health, supported by the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). The last 12 months have been a period of change and growth for EuroHealthNet, as we expanded our work and began many new initiatives and collaborations in the fields of child health, financing, chronic diseases, knowledge building and exchange, communication, digital health and literacy, environment, migration, vaccination, behaviour change, research, and much more.

Our work in practice, policy, and research revolves around a sustainable development approach: developing holistic and systemic solutions which work now and in the future. The social, environmental, and economic factors which influence health are considered in unison. For that reason, the theme of this report is ‘pathways to sustainability’. It looks at our work to build a sustainable partnership to improve the health of people across Europe, but also what it means to build a sustainable approach to health equity, promotion, and prevention.”  - Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet Director.

A new Executive Board

In June 2019, the EuroHealthNet General Council elected a new Executive Board. We welcome Dr Mariana Dyakova (International Health Lead, Public Health Wales), Lorna Renwick (Organisational Lead for NHS Leadership, NHS Health Scotland), Dr Frank Lehmann (Senior Advisor at the Federal Centre for Health Promotion and Health Education, Germany) and Professor Plamen Dimitrov (Deputy Director, National Centre of Public Health and Analyses, Bulgaria) as new board members. Dr Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš (Senior Adviser, National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), Slovenia) will remain as president. Vertti Kiukas (Secretary General, SOSTE Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health, Finland) has become vice president and Giovanni Gorgoni (CEO, Agenzia Regionale Strategica per la Salute e il Sociale Puglia, Italy) has become the treasurer. Also continuing as board members are Professor Mirosław J. Wysocki (National Institute of Public Health of Poland) and Dr Paolo Stocco (National Executive Committee of Federsanità ANCI, Italy).

Read our annual report here.