In 2022, the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) will celebrate its 25th anniversary and take stock of the substantial accomplishments in public health over the last quarter century. They will look forward and discuss the challenges and policy options for action urgently needed across sectors, borders, and disciplines at this watershed moment for health, security, and solidarity.
EuroHealthNet will attend and speak at the following programme sessions:
Co-creating better food systems in Europe – The role of consumers’ informed choices in transitioning to healthier and more sustainable food systems
Tuesday, 27 September 2022 | 07:30-08:45 | Hotel Das Alpenhaus
Our increasingly globalised, commodified and centralised food systems have an enormous impact on health, environmental conditions, and social equity and rights in Europe and the rest of the world.
The urgency for a transition to sustainable – and health-promoting food systems is self-evident. There’s been substantial support and constructive engagement with the EU Farm to Fork Strategy’s agenda recently. However, a lot of work is still ahead in realising our joint commitment to sustainability, accompanied by a paradigm shift towards a public health-oriented food system.
The nature of our food systems affects what and how people consume, and conversely, people, by the choices they make and what they consume, can have a big impact on shaping these systems. This session will explore the role of (informed, empowered and literate) citizens in multi-governance efforts to transition to safer, healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. This will be done by showcasing three examples of evidence-based policies and initiatives where consumers and citizens play a key role for this purpose.
- PIKKA JOKELAINEN, Project Lead, One Health EJP TOXOSOURCES
Delivering EU health equity: a 2030 ambition – Unlocking sustainable health outcomes with durable policies to address health inequalities
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 | 15:00-16:30 | Conference Centre
Healthcare systems are struggling to find solutions to the mounting pandemic of inequity of healthcare provision. Debilitating inequalities of access to care are spiralling, which is a critical barrier to delivery of equitable care. Solving health inequalities in healthcare does not wholly lie with any one stakeholder. Sustainable success and solutions will only be delivered through clarity of goals, innovative and inclusive community-based programmes, conscious collaborations between the public and private sector, and accelerated, measured impact.
The session will convene eminent experts to discuss barriers and benchmarks to support improved equitable access to healthcare for at-risk communities. Panellists will reflect on real-life learnings, including those from the COVID-19 pandemic, and debate what a potential 2030 roadmap to success looks like for the EU Member States. What are the building blocks policymakers and system funders need to have in place to be able to provide and facilitate the impact from a consortium of players? How can we incentivise collective and innovative thinking? What do we expect specifically from the pharmaceutical sector?
We invite you to join this session, delivered by Porter Novelli Health, to explore how to best support goals to remove health inequalities across Europe through innovative policy design.
- MICHAEL MARMOT, Director, The UCL Institute of Health Equity
- DENIS ONYANGO, Head of Programmes, African Advocacy Foundation
- CAROLINE COSTONGS, Director, EuroHealthNet
- ANCA TOMA, Executive Director, European Patients Forum
- RICARDO BAPTISTA LEITE, Member of Parliament, Portugal
- ALEXANDRA TAMAS, Director Public Affairs, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries & Associations
- ISABEL DE LA MATA, Principal Advisor for Health and Crisis Management, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
- CARLO MARTUSCELLI, Reporter, POLITICO
Co-benefits through health promotion – Caring communities, health services, and climate action
Wednesday, 28 September 2022 | 11:00-12:30 | Kursaal
The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis have reminded us once again that health promotion and building community capacity for health are crucial building blocks for the long-term well-being of our society, for solidarity and for resilient and responsive settings and health systems. They provide new approaches for sustainability and contribute to the co-creation of wellbeing societies as proclaimed in the Geneva Charter for Wellbeing, as well as to the European Health Union and the European Green Deal Strategy.
In this session we will:
- Provide a mapping of the most promising health promotion flagship initiatives in Europe with respect to empowerment, participation, and mental health
- Emphasise the evidence-base for health promotion and discuss the importance of innovative intersectoral approaches
- Address caring communities as an initiative from civil society fostering empowerment, participation and care
- Address the health co-benefits of climate action at the community level
- Touch on selected future endeavours in the field
Join us to discuss the inter-connectedness of health promotion, re-orienting health services and climate action and envision how local initiatives, innovative intersectoral approaches and policy developments at the European level can work together to make a difference.
- JUDITH DELLE GRAZIE, Head of Department, Austrian Federal Ministry of Health
- RÜDIGER KRECH, Director of the Department of Health Promotion, World Health Organization
- MARGARET BARRY, Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health, National University of Ireland Galway
- ILONA KICKBUSCH, Founding Director and Chair of the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies Geneva
- DJOEKE VAN DALE, Coordinator Programme Quality of interventions, National Institute of Public Health and Environment of the Netherlands
- KLAUS WEGLEITNER, Associate Professor, University of Graz
- MIRIAM PRIVAROVA, Junior Professional Associate, World Bank
- CAROLINE COSTONGS, Director, EuroHealthNet