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EUPHA Strategy 2020-2025: Analysis, Advocacy, Action

Setting course in a changing world

Europe faces massive societal challenges that will place serious pressure on our public health and health care services:  global warming, ageing population, inequalities, poverty, and populist movements, to name a few.

What does this mean for EUPHA?

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA), with 80 members from 47 countries, is the largest network of public health professionals. We have an obligation to support our members and the wider public health community in tackling our current and future challenges. This third EUPHA strategy for the period 2020-2025 outlines how we intend to do this, through multidisciplinary and intersectoral action at all levels of society. This is the rationale for our two-tier approach:

  • We will continue to support our members to improve public health and health care in European countries, nationally, regionally, and in local communities.
  • We will advocate for better health and greater use of evidence-informed health policy at the international level.

EUPHA has a responsibility, as a leading voice of public health in Europe, to keep health on the agenda. As a science-based organization, recognized as an independent and trusted voice of and for public health, we will use our position to keep health in all policies and to strengthen evidence-based public health policymaking and practice.

Towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Although EUPHA is a European organisation, many of the challenges we face are global. Thus, we must work together with global partners and alliances – from the ‘usual public health suspects’ to partners from other disciplines and sectors.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make the relationships between health and its wider determinants explicit and tangible, exemplified by the way that WHO places SDG3 on good health and well-being for all at the centre of the framework:

Our vision

Our vision is to enable everyone in Europe to achieve the highest possible level of health by providing independent and authoritative analysis of the evidence, combined with targeted advocacy to achieve coordinated action by all key stakeholders. Our vision:

  • Builds on the commitments of our governments and international agencies to achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Recognises the importance of placing Health in All Policies;
  • Draws on the Vienna Declaration to embrace the entire range of health determinants, including the biological, social, environmental, occupational, behavioural, political, and commercial, the health care system, and everything that influences the health of our planet.

Our mission

  • To ensure that in all parts of Europe there is a strong evidence base, built on sustained investments in research capacity and data, as well as capacity for knowledge translation to support policies that impact on health;
  • To identify, develop, and advocate for actionable policy recommendations in all sectors to improve health; and
  • To support capacity-building and collaborations that can achieve public health action in practice.

Achieving a triple A rating for health in Europe

To achieve the goals as outlined above, EUPHA will apply a triple A approach: Analysis, Advocacy and Action.

The three A’s are the main focal points of our work and closely interconnected, with a circular relationship in which analysis supports advocacy, which supports action. From action comes new analysis, and then new forms of advocacy and updated actions, and so on.

These three elements are underpinned by EUPHA’s two basic values:

  • By voicing knowledge, we will support evidence-informed practice and policy decisions for public health and health services.
  • Through capacity building, we will prepare future and current generations public health professionals for their leadership role in public health, and we will contribute to tackling health inequalities in European countries.

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