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Summer school of public health 2019

Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota, in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, Regions for Health Network, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia and National Institute of Public Health has prepared the traditional Summer school of public health, this time called the Summer school on the imapct of health systems on sustainable development of local communities. 

This summer school was held between September 4th and 5th at the City hotel in Ljubljana, in addition to Slovenian participants from National Institute of Public Health, Ministry of Health, health centres and health promotion centres, representatives of public health organizations from abroad participated in the event. The summer school was attended by representatives from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Austria, Lithuania, Finland and the United Kingdom. 

The program of this summer school was divided into discussion presentations and interactive workshops in which all participants were actively involved. The aim of this year's event was to show the economic footprint of health systems on national and regional economies in selected WHO EURO states, to discuss the potential of health systems in planning and implementing measures of sustainable development in local comunities and to provide oportunity for exchange of know-how, good practices and innovative approaches on maximising economis and social impacts of health systems in local communities, which was best expressed through interactive workshops and discussions after individual presentations. 

The entire summer school this year was professionally run by Petra Založnik and Marjana Romanović from Corvita. 

Individual presentations can be found in the documents below. 

Spring School 2018

In partnership with WHO Europe, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia and the National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia, the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota organised the Spring School on Whole of society approach and the role of primary health care in populations health, prevention and intersectoral action for health equity and well-being. The Spring School took place in Ljubljana from 23rd to 25th of April 2018. While Monday was the national day, dedicated to health workers and stakeholders from Slovenia, Tuesday and Wednesday were international days and open to international participants around the world.

Monday, 23 April 2018

On Monday, April 23, the first day of the Spring School, the national day, was held. In the framework of the project "Upgrading and development of preventive programmes and their implementation in primary health care and local communities" and the project "Community approach model to health promotion and reduction of health inequalities in local communities" in support of the renovation of preventive programmes in health centres, training for providers from health centres and stakeholders from local communities titled "Community approach to health promotion and reduction of inequalities in health" took place in the Hotel City in Ljubljana.

The Spring School started with the address of Tatjana Buzeti, Director of the Directorate for Long-Term Care, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, and Dr. Darina Sedlakova, WHO Head of Country Office in Slovenia.

Rade Pribakovič Brinovec, Head of the MoST Project, from the National Institute of Public Health, presented two projects: "Model of the community approach to health promotion and reduction of health inequalities in local communities - MoST" and "Upgrading and development of preventive programmes and their implementation in primary health care".

Tatjana Buzeti, Director of the Directorate for Long-Term Care, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia spoke about the Determinants of health and inequalities in health.

After a short break, Majda Pahor from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana held a lecture on Community and community approach to health.

Experiences with community approach in Slovenia were presented by Tilka Jamnik from the Reading Badge at the ZPMS with a lecture Reading for health: family, library, community, and Mateja Štirn from the ISA Institute and her lecture First Aid Points for Victims of Violence: Community for Health.

Sanja Belec from the Employment Service of Slovenia presented a presentation titled "Experiences and the need for a community approach in strengthening the health of the unemployed and their ability to work" Dr. Ivanka Huber described the Establishment and operation of structures at the local community level according to the model of a community approach to health promotion and the reduction of health inequalities, while Neda Hudopisk from NIJZ OE Ravne na Koroškem talked about experiences with working in local communities.

The last part of the day was a workshop in groups: Challenges and opportunities for health and a better quality of life. The participants were classified into several groups and jointly identified the most important partners for the implementation of the community approach in the local environment and planned the next steps in the project. The groups reported back and then discussed the issue together and concluded the first day.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The second day was held on Tuesday, 24. April 2018 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Ljubljana.

Peter Beznec welcomed the participants from seven European countries. Vesna Kerstin-Petrič, on behalf of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, warmly welcomed the participants and presented some of the key activities and challenges they face at the Ministry, and wished the participants a very successful job. Dr. Darina Sedlakova, Head of the WHO Country Office in Slovenia, presented the strategy Health 2020 and whole of society approach linked to Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Laurentino Jose Marti Aguasca from WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty presented The role of primary care in population health and prevention.

Rene Loewenson from TARSC held an interactive presentation and participatory session on How do we understand social participation and power in health, what role does it play in local health systems and what obstacles are faced in implementing it?

There was also work in groups, while three lectures posed questions:

  • Analysing challenges and enablers for good cross-sectoral cooperation – negotiation skills and health diplomacy (Michaela Told from Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva)
  • What can health managers and personnel do to improve social participation and public roles in health systems? (Rene Loewenson, TARSC)
  • What can primary care do to improve population based services and services for vulnerable groups? (David Pattison, Consultant)

The groups conducted interesting, professional and practical workshops and reported in the discussion. This ended the second day of the Spring School 2018.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

The third day of the Spring School 2018 was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

The first part of the last day of the meeting was aimed at presenting the role of basic health care in ensuring equity in health and well-being of the population through cross-sectoral cooperation in individual European regions and countries. The aforementioned role of basic health care was provided by participants and speakers from Flanders, Veneto, Catalonia, Wales and Slovenia.

After the presentation, a group workshop with moderated discussions followed. Participants who were divided into groups with representatives from the regions of Wales, Flanders, Veneto and Catalonia had the opportunity to learn more about each region and the functioning of health care. Because groups were alternately switched to individual representatives of the regions, they were making good use of the time they were assigned by asking many questions.

After intensive discussions, the groups reported back. With the address of the facilitator David Pattison and Peter Beznec, the director of the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota, the Spring School 2018 concluded.

Autumn School 2017

Between 14th and 15th November 2017, the Autumn School of Public Health with the title "Community Approach for Health Promotion and Reduction of Health Inequalities in Local Communities" was held at the Health Resort Radenci.

The event was organized by the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota in cooperation with the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ). The event was co-financed by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia (MZ) in the framework of the project "Capacity building for cross-sectoral action in the field of health determinants and investment in health for reducing inequality 2017-2019".

The aim of the Autumn School of Public Health 2017 is to present to participants the concept of a community approach to health promotion and the reduction of health inequalities in local communities. The lecturers presented the historical, theoretical and practical aspect of the community approach, while in moderated workshops participants could go through a simulated process of preparing an action plan to address the real needs and challenges that they face in their (local) environment.

On Tuesday, five professional lectures were held:

  • "Presentation of operations "Upgrading and development of preventive programmes and their implementation in primary health care and local communities" and "Model community approach for health promotion and reduction of health inequalities in local communities" by assistant Sanja Vrbovšek, MSc, BSc, National Institute of Public Health
  • "Value bases and understanding of the community approach - interactive work with participants" by prof. dr. Majda Pahor, BA, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine
  • "Presentation of the usefulness of the manual "Community approach to health" for participants" by dr. Majda Pahor, BA, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine
  • "Research work and community approach" by doc. dr. Jerneja Farkaš-Lainščak, Ph.D. Med., General Hospital Murska Sobota and National Institute of Public Health
  • "Community approach in the local environment and reduction of inequalities in health" by Tatjana Buzeti, Director-General of the Directorate for Long-Term Care, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia

After the lectures, we went to take a look at good examples in the local area. We visited the Turnišče Exercise and Educational Centre, where we trained with the sports pedagogues from the Sport Society IZZIV Pomurje. Then we visited the Kolenik Mill in Gornja Bistrica, where we examined the process of processing organic grain from the grain to the shelf. We had dinner at Restaurant Tonček in Beltinci with some local dishes from the Pomurje region.

On Wednesday, the participants were divided into groups by region for some practical work. Three practical exercises were carried out: Needs analysis and their prioritization, Preparation of an action plan and Creation of a stakeholder map for the establishment of a partnership. This was followed by presentations of the results and the conclusion of the Autumn School of Public Health 2017.

Summer School 2016

The Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota from the Pomurje Region (Slovenia), a member of the Regions for Health Network (RHN) and a WHO collaborating centre, organized a Summer school on intersectoral action for health equity and well-being. The summer school took place in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, between 6-7 July 2016, and was open to international participants around the world.

This year the focus was on advocacy and translation of evidence for different audiences in order to initiate and steer the intersectoral action for health equity and well-being. Particular attention was devoted to health information and communication of data, for example on how data profiling and social marketing campaigns could support health equity and poverty reduction strategies, how to communicate risks and on how to communicate data for media.

The first day was dedicated to the joint event of EuroHealthNet, Summer School 2016 and NIJZ, as we jointly celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Ottawa Declaration with the purpose of networking, sharing and exchanging knowledge, experience and good practices of various experts, networks and institutions.

On the second day (July 7 2016), we continued to show various ways of communication with different target groups, and through practical work in smaller groups, we also tried to show various approaches to communication. All three groups also presented their work to other participants.

The goal of the initiative is the development of cross-sectoral approaches for health and development, increasing the capacity to understand and measure health inequalities, and the capacity to reduce health inequalities and take action in the field of social determinants of health.

The objectives of this year’s summer school were:

  • Providing learning exchange about effective advocacy for intersectoral action for health equity and well-being.
  • Discussing the role of different participles and organization in the advocacy process.
  • Providing opportunities for exchange of know-how, good practices and innovative approaches in developing and translating evidence for different audiences.

Poletna šola / Summer school

Summer School 2015

Summer school on the topic "Intersectoral collaboration in creating resilient communities to improve health for all and tackle health inequalities" will be held in Veržej from 8th to 10th June 2015.
More information, the programme of the summer school and a registration form are found in the attachment.

Closure of Summer School 2015

This year's Summer School on intersectoral collaboration in creating resilient communities to improve health for all and tackle health inequalities held from June 08 to June 10, 2015 in Marianum Veržej, hosted several local and foreign experts. 

Experts and participants debated and expressed their views on the Summer School's subject through lectures and workshops. 

Presentations can be found in the menu on the right.

In the gallery below you can find some photos from the Summer School event. 

Summer School 2014

The summer school on "Vulnerability and cross-sectoral approaches to tackle it in prevention programmes" will be held in Moravske Toplice from 30.6. to 2.7.2014.

More information, the program and the registration form is found in the attachment.

Workshop groups

Paricipants of the Summer School were also a part of four working groups discussing different issues, considering their professional interest.

Photos and reports on the workshop can be found in the gallery below and in the attachments.

 

Closure of Summer School 2014

This year's Summer School on "Vulnerability and cross-sectoral approaches to tackle it in prevention programmes" held from June 30 to July 2, 2014, in Hotel Ajda in Moravske Toplice, hosted several local and foreign experts. The experts and participants debated and expressed their views on the Summer School's subject through lectures and workshops.
Most presentations were in English, because the working language was English.
Presentation and short biographies can be found below.
In the gallery below you can also find a glimpse into the events of the Summer School.

Summer School 2013

This year's Summer School was hosted by local and foreign experts, who presented their views on the topic "Equity focus in prevention programmes." The presentations are in the attachment.

More information's are available at the following links:


http://www.healthscotland.com/

http://www.publichealth.ie

http://helsedirektoratet.no/english/Sider/default.aspx

Some photos from the Summer School can be found in the gallery below.