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European Public Health Week

13-17 May 2024


Health is a political choice!




Thursday, May 16th - Health through the life course: Breaking down silos

Universal access to good and affordable health care is a major aspect that contributes to healthy individuals and societies. In addition, we are exposed to many (amenable) factors that impact our health - positively and negatively - along our life course. From the first crucial two years in healthy development to potential decline in functioning and health at a later age - there are many opportunities to prevent negative health outcomes and encourage positive health.

How can we encourage innovative and sustainable solutions for our health systems? How can politics drive equality in care access and health prevention that leaves no one behind?  How can we channel a ‘continuum lifespan’ approach?


Daily partners

Our daily partner on Thursday is the UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education. The daily partners and the supporting organisations develop and organise the kick-off event of each specific day.

Daily kick-off event

Webinar: "Health through the life course: Breaking down silos”

Date & Time: Thursday, May 16, 2024 10:00 AM CEST

This webinar is co-organised by the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education, EUPHA Health Promotion Section, EUPHA Health Literacy Initiative and the EUPHA's Health Ageing Section (tbc).  

If you missed the webinar, you can find the individual presentations, as well as watch the recording here



  • Opening and welcome
    • Goof Buijs, manager UNESCO Chair GHE
  • Introduction
    • Iveta Nagyova, EUPHA Director
  • Lifelong learning for health, breaking down silos: Introducing the UNESCO's Yeonsu Declaration for Learning Cities and the new Enactment guide
    • Didier Jourdan, Co-Chair holder UNESCO Chair GHE
  • UNESCO Learning City of Cork 
  • Building the capacities of non-formal learning providers to promote health literacy across the life course
    • Catherine Jenkins, EUPHA Health literacy Section
  • Achieving Healthy Longevity for All in Age-friendly Environments
    • Yongjie Yon, Vice President EUPHA Health Ageing Section
  • The role of community health workers in building bridges and improving community health literacy
    • Eric Breton, EUPHA Health Promotion Section
  • Questions from the audience
  • Closing comments


These are sub-themes that give you ideas and stimulate your imagination. They do not limit the scope of the day's themes. If you are having doubts about which day you should organise your event, email us at and our team will be happy to help you.

  • Universal Health Coverage (UHC) through the life course
  • Access to medicines 
  • The first 1000 days 
  • Healthy ageing
  • 100 weeks (challenge) to the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs

On route to Lisbon: Innovation focus

  • Innovation for intergenerational solidarity
  • Health data and AI through the life course
  • Innovation in health systems management
  • Innovation for care integration


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