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CBO_FY2014 [CBO_FY2014] [20133202] - Operating Grant
Mission and vision of the operating grant holder

The core business of CBO BV is to develop, implement and review health promotion and quality in health care. CBO is active in (action) research, innovation and development of health promotion and health care. CBO 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 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 holds 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 health promoting school approach consists of six components: healthy school policies, school`s physical environment, school`s social environment, individual health skills and action competencies, community links and health services.
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 setting focus on schools. The SHE network supports its members to further develop and sustain school health promotion in each country by providing the European platform. The work plan for the network builds on the SHE strategic plan 2013-2016. The 2010 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 contributes to national development and implementation of school health promotion. Members are prepared to play an active role, by providing case studies, offer training and research skills.
The SHE strategic plan 2013-2016 contains five general objectives, for each of which a set 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 in the member states. During the Assembly meeting workshops are organised by and for members of the network, and collegial consultation is promoted. 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 EECA countries. Since 2010 the yearly SHE 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 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, social media 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. It has a focus on scientific research and innovative practices. 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, EuroChild 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 through the website, meetings or email. From 2013 also regional networks are linked to the SHE network.

Expected outcomes

Objective 1: provide support to the members of the SHE network
The Secretariat actively supports the network members. Activities are: organising the 2014 Assembly meeting, maintaining the website and helpdesk, sharing information about school health promotion through social media and 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 SHE Network members. Secondary target groups are regional coordinators. Expected outcomes are stronger national networks on school health promotion, 25 participants of the Assembly, 12.000 site visits, 350 followers on Twitter, 200 likes on Facebook, 150 members on LinkedIn, 4 electronic newsletters and an extension with 10 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 2-day workshop on supporting the introduction of the 2013 online school manual in the member states and a 1-day workshop on using social media for SHE Network members. The 2014 SHE Summer School will be organised with a focus on theory, research and practice of school health promotion. Target group are professionals with an interest in school health promotion (researchers, PHD students and practitioners) . 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 as e-learning modules on the SHE website. A third activity will be to encourage collegial consultation through 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, 30 participants of the training activities, 25 participants of the Summer School and 3 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 its members. Activities are: making a leaflet on the work plan SHE 2014 with reference to the 2013 EU PHP; piloting and translation of the 2013 SHE online manual for schools on how to become a health promoting school into 2 EU languages; editing and publishing the new publication with innovative practice stories on school health promotion collected at the SHE 2013 European conference; developing a promotional video (5 min, mix of animation, cartoon and film) on health promoting schools, including an online instruction for student involvement; development of 1 factsheet on sustainable networking for health promoting schools; plan for dissemination.
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, innovative practice book, promotional video on SHE website, leaflet on work plan SHE 2014, translation of online manual in 2 EU languages.

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 network. Activities are: 1 meeting for the members of the Research Group, including a writing workshop focused on improving the quality of abstracts and publications focusing on school based health promotion. Target group are members of the Research Group. Expected outcomes: increased writing skills and high quality abstracts for the 2014 ECER conference.

Details
Start date: 01/01/2014
End date: 01/01/2015
Duration: 12 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: Second Programme of Community action in the Field of Health 2008-2013
EC Contribution: € 194 992,00
Keywords: Children, Obesity