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CBO_FY2013 [CBO_FY2013] [20123210] - Operating Grant
Mission and vision of the operating grant holder

The core business of CBO BV is to develop, implement and review quality in health care. CBO has taken over the work of the Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion (NIGZ) which focuses on supporting health promotion practice. In CBO 8 health promotion specialists are working in the area of school health, health for vulnerable groups and healthy ageing. CBO NIGZ is active in (action) research, innovation and development of health promotion. CBO NIGZ is a respected partner in many European (research) projects, funded by DG Sanco, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and by the FP7 programme. CBO NIGZ is inspired by the Ottawa Chart for Health Promotion, in which health promotion is described as "the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health". CBO NIGZ hosts the management of the Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) network.

The SHE network focuses on making school health promotion an integral part of policy development in the health and education sector in EU member states. The network encourages each member country to develop and implement a national policy on school health promotion, building on the experiences within the country, within Europe and globally. A "health promoting school" is a school that implements a structured and systematic plan for the health, well-being and the development of social capital of all pupils and of teaching and non-teaching staff. The whole school environment is viewed as an important area for promotion of health and for learning about health.

The members of the SHE network use a positive concept of health and well-being and acknowledge the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. They recognize the whole school approach to health and active participation of all members of the school community. Health promoting schools support schools in achieving their educational and social goals. Healthy students learn better, healthy teachers work better. They are active agents in all EU member states for strengthening social capital and health literacy.

Strategic objectives and specific activities

The overall aim of the SHE network is to improve the health of children and young people in Europe, including reducing health inequalities, through a specific focus on schools as a setting for health promotion. The SHE network supports its members to further develop and sustain school health promotion in each country by providing the European platform for school health promotion. The work plan for the network builds on the SHE strategic plan 2008-2012 (SHE strategic plan 2012-2016 will be available by the end of 2012) and the SHE needs assessment 2010. The needs assessment among the national coordinators demonstrates a need for ongoing exchange of experiences, of increasing the SHE profile at (inter)national level, increasing their performance management and strengthening partnership skills. The network also contributes to the national development and implementation of school health promotion. Members are prepared to play an active role, by providing case studies and offer training and research skills.

The SHE strategic plan2008-2012 contains five general objectives, for each of which a number of concrete indicators are formulated:
1. Share good practices, expertise and skills on school health promotion
2. Support the development, implementation and research (evaluation/ evidence) of school health promotion
3. Maintain and further expand the SHE network to a leading European network and community for school health promotion
4. Provide ongoing technical support in member states, with an emphasis on the member countries in Eastern Europe and the Central Asian Republics (EECA countries)
5. Create and maintain active collaboration with the education sector and other relevant sectors (youth care, social care, environment and sustainable development) on an international level

The main activities of the network:
- Capacity building
Capacity building, empowerment and training of the members of the network are important activities of the network. It supports and strengthens the position of the members of the network and therefore the implementation of school health promotion. During the Assembly meeting workshops are organised by and for members of the network. Collegial consultation is an ongoing activity during the project year. Country visits are made by the network coordinator to support the National Coordinators, including meetings with the Ministry of Health and Education or national events. Each year a capacity building training is organised for the Eastern European and Central Asian (EECA) countries. Since 2010 a yearly summer school on school health promotion is organised for professionals working in the area of school health promotion. The network develops tools that can support the national coordinators in implementing school health promotion.
- Share relevant information
The network helps disclosing and sharing relevant information on school health promotion. This is done through the SHE website, the quarterly electronic newsletter, the helpdesk, direct emails to members of the network and other stakeholders and by contributing to relevant European conferences and sharing good practice.
- Encourage research
The network encourages research on school health promotion and the dissemination of results, through the SHE Research Group. The group contributes to the yearly European Conference on Education and Research (ECER) conference and has scientific contributions to other (inter-)national conferences which are also available for the National Coordinators for their (advocacy) work.
- Advocate for school health promotion
The network advocates for school health promotion and focuses on making school health promotion an integral part of health and education policies. The network is represented at European and national conferences and has established links with other networks and initiatives like HBSC, EPODE and the Learning for Wellbeing Consortium..
- Provide a link to national expertise
The network provides a link to national expertise by bringing members of the network and other interested parties in contact with each other

Expected outcomes

The work plan is based on the SHE strategic plan 2008-2012 (the SHE strategic plan 2012-2016 will be available by the end of 2012).

Objective 1: provide support to the members of the SHE network
The Secretariat actively supports the members of the network. In 2013 the following activities will take place: organising the 2013 Assembly meeting, maintaining the website and helpdesk, sharing information about school health promotion through social media and issuing 4 electronic newsletters. To strengthen national networks on school health promotion the secretariat will encourage the members to collaborate with regional and cross-border networks and offer the possibility to join the network. Primary target group are members of the network. Secondary target groups are regional coordinators and potential members of the network. Expected outcomes are stronger national networks on school health promotion, 40 participants of the Assembly, 10.000 site visits of the website, four electronic newsletters and an extension of the network with ten regional networks.

Objective 2: capacity building on school health promotion
The Secretariat will deliver a support programme for professional development and capacity building on school health promotion. Activities are a workshop on evolving management skills for National Coordinators on planning and evaluation, logical modelling, strengthening partnerships and performance management. Another activity will be the organisation of the 2013 SHE Summer School with a focus on theory, research and practice of school health promotion. Target group are professionals with an interest in school health promotion (researchers and phd students, practitioners and programme developers) . A SHE Summer School leaflet will be developed. The Summer School will be delivered by the Danish School of Education. The 25 participants will receive a certificate as proof of their participation. Training material will be made available through the SHE website for a wider audience. A third activity will be to encourage collegial consultation through providing an online community and three consultancy/advocacy visits (selection of countries will be based on the needs of the SHE national coordinators, identified at the start of the project year). Expected outcomes are increased professional development of the National Coordinators and participants of the Summer School, 15 participants of the workshop, 25 participants of the Summer School and three consultancy/advocacy visits.

Objective 3: advocacy on school health promotion
Advocating for school health promotion is a key activity of the network which supports the work of the members of the network. Activities are: making a leaflet on the work plan SHE 2013 with reference to the 2012 EU PHP, development of an online manual for schools on how to become a health promoting school (based on the HEPS project deliverable HEPS Tool for Schools and available examples in SHE member countries) a pilot test and available online in 3 languages, an accompanying leaflet, the development of 2 factsheets and a plan for dissemination. The availability of the online manual will support the advocacy of HPS on the national and regional level. Topics will be:
- state of the art of health promoting schools in EU member states, based on a country sheet file
- the evidence of the health promoting school approach with a focus on reducing health inequalities and sustainable development.
Primary target group are members of the network. Secondary target group are researchers, policy makers, practitioners and schools with an interest in school health promotion. Expected outcomes: increased visibility and access to user friendly tools on school health promotion, leaflet on work plan SHE 2013, online school manual and leaflet, 2 factsheets.

Objective 4: supporting research on school health promotion
The Research Group helps disseminating research results on school health promotion. The SHE National Coordinators use this information for expertise, training and advocacy in their national and regional networks. The following activities will take place: one meeting for the members of the Research Group, including a writing workshop focused on improving the quality of publications focusing on school based health promotion. Target group are members of the Research Group. Expected outcomes: increased writing skills and collaboration among Research Group members.

The work programme is in compliance with the SHE ethical code (

Start date: 01/01/2013
End date: 01/01/2014
Duration: 12 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 149 906,00