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General objectives

1. To increase the awareness of policy makers, that education and the everyday school life play a crucial role in promoting health and wellbeing and in ensuring equity in health. For this to be successful, commitment to strong political support of the health-promoting schools approach in Europe is needed.

2. To contribute to the further development, implementation and evaluation of effective strategies and policies concerning school-based health promotion in Europe.

3. To contribute to strengthening the evidence base and encourage knowledge building through exchange of research-based evidence as well as experience of good practice among politicians, health and education practitioners, researchers, non-governmental organizations, and youth organizations across Europe, in facilitating actions for the development of sustainable health investments among children and young people in the school setting.

4. To identify and discuss the links between school-based health promotion, development of citizenship competencies, child`s rights and health literacy of children and young people. Furthermore, to discuss how are these links related to improving early childhood education and care, and to addressing the problem of early school leaving.

5. To strengthen the commitment of the EU member states, the EEA countries and the Candidate countries to addressing inequities in health through better education, with a strong structural health promotion dimension focusing on health determinants, capabilities, social and cultural capital by putting these issues high on political and research agenda.

6. To contribute to supporting the European countries in developing effective strategies, policies, high quality research, as well as good practices on addressing inequity in health through school health promotion.

Expected achievements

43 SHE national coordinators from all EU member states and the Eastern European and Central Asian countries

Policy makers at national, regional and municipal levels in European (EU and other within the WHO European region) countries (app 50)

Researches in the area of school and community health promotion, health education, mental health, sustainable development, education and related fields (80)

Specialists-consultants and evaluators on a municipality and national level, in the area of school and community health promotion, health education, mental health, sustainable development, education and related fields (20)

Professionals from health and education sector (both from formal and non formal education sector), including specialists working with disadvantaged and/or socially marginalized children and young people and children with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds (50)

School medical doctors, psychologists, school nurses, social care organizations, sport and physical activity organizations, youth care, sustainable development and related areas (25)

Representatives from youth organizations, parent`s organizations and teachers organizations, nongovernmental organization and the voluntary sector (25)

Target audience

The conference targets policy makers, practitioners, researchers and evaluators working within the field of school health and wellbeing. Both the health and education sector are in focus, but also other sectors, such as for example social care and integration.

The conference aims at 300 participants, of whom 200 will come from EU member states, the EEA countries and EU candidate countries; 50 from the other SHE member states in Eastern European countries and Central Asian republics; regional networks, including the Kaliningrad district of the Russian Federation as well as Belarus.

Additionally, international specialists, including experts from other continents (20-30) are expected to attend the conference.

Representatives from the World Health Organization, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, European Centre for Disease Control, International Union of Health Promotion and Education, the International School Health Network, the Northern Dimension: Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being, other related networks, such as Eurohealthnet, European Youth Forum, Learning for Well-being Consortium and similar organizations and projects will be invited.

Conference programme

The Conference will be organised in Odense, Denmark and the venue will be Radisson Blu - H.C. Andersen Hotel and Congress Center in Odense.

Day 1
8:00 - Registration, Conference material
9:00-10:30 - Opening
- Welcome and opening ceremony
- Aims and objectives of the conference
10:30-11:00 - Coffee, tea and fruit
11:00-12.30 - Keynotes A and B
- A. Education as a Determinant of Health and Health as a Determinant of Education
- B. Children`s Health and Wellbeing and Educational Attainment

12:30-13:30 - Lunch

13:30-15:00 - Parallel sessions - Theme 1: Showcasing the International (European) Experience: Beyond Best Practice
15:00-15:30 - Break
15:30-17:00 - Parallel sessions - Theme 2: Using Research to Inform Policy and Practice: Challenges, Dilemmas and Promising Practices
17:00-18:00 - Facilitated group-work

19:00 - Social programme (optional)

Day 2
8:00 - Facilitated networking; Interactive exhibitions; Breakfast round table discussions
9:00-10:30 - Keynotes C and D
- C. Health Behavior in School Aged Children (HBSC): latest comparative findings with focus on equity and inclusion
- D. Current European Policies and Strategies towards Equity in Health � looking ahead
10:30-11:00 - Coffee, tea, and fruit
11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel sessions - Theme 3: Equity in Health and the Structural Approach to Health Promoting Schools

12:30-13:30 - Lunch

13:30-15:00 - Parallel sessions, including an interactive poster session - Theme 4: Health Literacy, Empowerment and Action Competence Related to Health
15:00-15:30 - Break
15:30-17:00 - Parallel sessions - Theme 5: Democracy, Health and Equity: Role of Schools
17:00 - 18:00 - Facilitated network activities

19:00 - Conference dinner

Day 3
8:00 - Facilitated networking; Interactive exhibitions; Breakfast round table discussions
9:00-10:30 - Keynotes E and F
- E. Learning for Health, Equity and Sustainable Development
- F. Discourses of Evidence in Health Promoting Schools Policy, Practice and Research
10:30-11:00 - Coffee, tea, and fruit break
11:00 - 12:30 - Parallel sessions, including interactive round table sessions - Theme 6: Evaluation and the "What Works" Question

12:30-13:30 - Lunch

13:30-15:00 - Closing
- Summary
- Evaluation
- Adopting the Conference Resolution
- The Future

15:30-17:00 Additional, self-organized meetings and networking among the conference delegates

Start date: 30/11/2013
End date: 30/11/2014
Duration: 12 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 100 000,00