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European Public Health WEEK

22-26 May 2023


Public health: Global issues, local actions



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About the European Public Health Week

The European Public Health Week (EUPHW) aims to raise awareness about public health and promote collaboration among the public health community in Europe. It is an annual initiative that began in 2019 and keeps on growing. Read more about the past editions.

The fifth EUPHW took place between May 22 and 26, 2023.


The 2023 European Public Health Week launched with an Opening webinar

2023 EUPHW launched with an Opening webinar on the first day of the Week, Monday, May 22. We discussed burning global issues in public health and showcased initiatives by EUPHA members from around Europe, trying to tackle those issues with local actions. 

During the opening event, speakers included: Prof. Ilona Kickbusch (Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva), Prof. Andrzej Fal (Polish Society of Public Health), Dr. Maria Gabriela Barbaglia Navarro (Spanish Public Health Society), Prof. Christos Lionis (University of Crete), Dr. Isabel de la Mata (European Commission DG SANTE), Dr. Caroline Bollars (The WHO Representation Office to the European Union), Dr. Iveta Nagyova (EUPHA President) and Dr. Marieke Verschuuren (EUPHA Executive Director). 

The recording of the webinar is available here: 


Daily kick-off webinars

Each day of the 2023 EUPHW started with a daily kick-off webinar, organised by our daily partner organisations.

More information on daily themes, as well as the recording of daily kick-off webinars, can be found under the "5 daily themes" sub-page. For more details, also see below under "2023 Daily themes".


Key messages

Every year, the EUPHW team develops a Key messages document, based on up-to-date and evidence-based facts shared by the European public health professionals involved in the EUPHW. Key messages for each daily theme of the European Public Health Week (EUPHW) 2023 are based on evidence from a variety of sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, Mental Health Europe (MHE), the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL), the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).

The 2023 EUPHW Key messages are available for download here.


2023 Daily themes

The European Public Health Week 2023 took place from 22nd until 26th of May. The overarching theme was 'Public health: Global issues, local actions'. Each day of the week had its own daily theme, a partnering organisation (or more) and a daily kick-off webinar. For more information, please see:

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The European Public Health Week (EUPHW) aims to:

  • Make the case for public health and a more inclusive society across Europe
  • Raise awareness and amplify existing messages on five specific public health themes, in line with key organisations at European level
  • Create trust and innovative ways of collaboration among all professionals contributing to public health at local, national, regional and European level.


The European Public Health Week team


Damir Ivanković
EUPHW Coordinator

Marieke Verschuuren
EUPHA Executive Director

Maaike Droogers
EUPHA Deputy Director


Steering Committee

  • Dineke Zeegers Paget (Strategic Advisor)
  • Alastair Leyland (EUPHA Section Council)
  • Emilia Aragón de León (WHO Regional Office for Europe)
  • Isabel de la Mata (European Commission)
  • Iveta Nagyova (EUPHA President)
  • Monica Brînzac (EUPHAnxt)
  • Thomas Dorner (EUPHA member, Austrian Public Health Association)


The European Public Health Week (EUPHW) is an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) supported by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and co-funded by the European Union.