On 22 June, EuroHealthNet and the Institute for Positive Health organized a meeting titled Promoting Positive Health in the community: a collaboration across stakeholders to seize the opportunities for change in Europe. Participation in the meeting was invitation-based, and included public health experts and representatives of institutes at the European, national and local level. There were 23 participants.
The aim was to explore similarities and differences in approaches and objectives of organisations working towards a more ‘holistic’ approach to health, through a focus on Positive Health, community and/or primary health care, and health promotion and prevention. It was also to determine how we can work together to achieve more investments to advance such approaches, and to transform health systems, by strengthening the focus on health promotion, prevention and primary care. To introduce these key concepts and to learn about how they are being put in practice, the meeting had speakers from the Institute of Positive Health, EuroHealthNet, All about Health (Alles is Gezondheid, NL), TransForm Integrated Care Community Network, and Health Promoting Communities in Iceland.
Prof. Dr. Jan De Maeseneer provided his reflections and constructive criticism in relation to the concept of Positive Health and other approaches mentioned in the presentations. A range of participants from across the EU also provided feedback on the basis of their own experiences.
The event report is available here.