WFPHA Newsletter December 2018

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1.- First face-to-face meeting of the Diplomats of the Global Charter

photo all diplomats charterThe first face-to-face meeting of the Diplomats of the Global Charter took place on 12 November 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. This meeting represented a valuable opportunity for Charter Diplomats to connect and share strategies for better implementing the Global Charter around the world. The Diplomats meeting brought together an important panel of Public Health experts and represented an intercultural initiative including the Indigenous populations of Colombia.

The Colombian Public Health Association thanks everyone for the excellent support and especially recognizes the successful collaboration with the WFPHA team.

Hernando Nieto, President of the Colombian Public Helath Association and member of the WFPHA Governing Council, gave his impressions on the meeting saying: “We obviously need to recognize the important challenge we face in communication and problem-solving throughout our country of the realities of national and local health, education, and social issues without losing the importance of the global context of public health. During our intensive week of public health events three weeks ago, Colombia had the opportunity to articulate others academic events in Medellín, coordinated by the University of Antioquia and the Latin America Alliance for Global Health, ALASAG.  The week included a special workshop on university-based public health curricula in Colombia. 

The principle objectives that we felt were accomplished were: forming new and enhancing current relationships in both the public and private sectors, collaborative opportunities to share ideas and develop future plans, and advance understanding of our increasing complex local, continental and global public health agenda.  We are confident that such opportunities to work together will result in future collaborative and innovative initiatives to improve public health policies, research and infrastructure for Colombia and the Americas in the future".


2.- Coalition of Partners (CoP)

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Marta Lomazzi, Bettina Borisch, and Michael Moore represented the WFPHA at the third meeting of the Coalition of Partners (CoP) that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 27-28 November 2018. Marta Lomazzi presented their participation's goals in an introduction video you can watch here.

The ultimate objective of the CoP is to strengthen Public Health Services, which vary in their organization and functions from one country to another, in whatever way seems most relevant to the members of the CoP.

The CoP functions as a community of practice, which is a group of colleagues who share the common objective of strengthening public health services, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.

Throughout the meeting, the WFPHA representatives have been presenting the Global Charter for the Public’s Health as an effective framework to implement strategies for better health outcomes globally.

During the meeting, WFPHA also worked to professionalize Public Health workforce in collaboration with the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) and other key organizations to develop a public health training academy in line with the Global Charter.

Marta Lomazzi lead a debate on «Make Public Health multidisciplinary» (photo on the left) which aimed to develop joint actions to havCoP Michaele a broad range of disciplines included in the field of Public Health, and make it a multidisciplinary concern. First steps have been discussed with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).

Michael Moore lead a discussion about working towards the development and implementation of advocacy courses with The Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER), the European Center for Diease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) leading to the Word Congress of Public Health that will be held in Rome 2020 (photo on the right).

The Meeting was very enriching for the participants and allowed decision-makers, experts from national public health services and international organizations to move forward in the progress of Public Health services improvement.


 3.- European Public Health Conference: "Winds of change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe"

EPH photo 1The 11th European Health Conference took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia from 28 November - 1 December 2018.

Marta Lomazzi, Michael Moore and Walter Ricciardi lead the skill building seminar “The Global Charter for the Public’s Health: making health a political choice” presenting the Global Charter to provide a comprehensive, clear and flexible framework to adapt today’s Public Health to its global context. After introducing the Charter, they presented it’s implementation in Australia and Italy. (photo on the left)


Bettina Borisch spoke at the round table: “To lead or not to lead: the added vaEPH photo 2lue of women leaders in public health”. In a context where less than 18% of European biomedical scientific societies are led by women, the public health community prides itself on demonstrating the role that women can play in leadership positions. Bettina Borisch illustrated the growing engagement of women in leading positions in the Public Health field with her own experience and advocated for the expansion of leader women. (photo on the right)


The European Health Conference was also the occasion for The International Conference Council of the World Congress on Public Health to discuss the organization of the next World to make it an event you can’t miss.


4.- APHA Annual Meeting : "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now"

Vina photo 2The American Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo, “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity NOW” occurred Nov. 10 -14th in San Diego, California. As expected, over 12,000 public health professionals participated at the conference which focused on creating health equity, a guiding priority and core value of APHA. Many of the sessions addressed issues at the intersection of health, economic, human rights and social justice. Laetitia Rispel (President of the WFPHA), James Chauvin (Past-President of the WFPHA), Carlo Signorelli (Co-Chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health), and Georges Benjamin (Chair of the WFPHA Advisory Board) all represented the Federation at the meeting.

Laetitia Rispel spoke at a session commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration. She described South Africa’s progress and analyzed some of their challenges with primary healthcare reforms. Laetitia Rispel explained the importance of context in implementing the primary healthcavina photo 1re approach at the country level.   Additionally, she shared her perspectives on how to continue the spirit of Alma Alta in the work towards reaching health for all.

The Federation and APHA co-hosted a couple of events at the conference including an exhibit booth promoting the 2020 Congress in Rome. This year, the Global Health Leaders’ Breakfast (photo on the left) invited a guest speaker, John Brennick (Co-founder of CaringCrowd), who presented a platform to help crowdfund global health projects. The Federation also led an interactive scientific session entitled, “Digital technology’s impact on population health and health equity: where’s the evidence?” The session discussed the metrics and methods applied across different contexts to assess how digital technology impacts health outcomes. James Chauvin highlighted findings from the WFPHA’s digital technology initiative and discussed the public health implementation challenges in member countries (photo on the right). The session featured other speakers from the University of California, San Diego, Omada Health and Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health.


5.- Global Charter implementation

The 4th Review Conference of States Parties of the Organzation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Photo Deborah WalkerDeborah Klein Walker, Past President of the American Public Health Association represented the APHA at the 4th Review Conference of States Parties of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). She made a statement advocating for a public health perspective using the Global Charter framework. She underlined that the Charter provides a framework for dealing with the public health challenges of addressing and eliminating chemical weapons, including guidance for protection, prevention, and promotion services. The public health community acknowledges that environmental health is a major part of public health and that the elimination of chemical weapons is an important “social determinate of health.” Read her full statement here.



6.- What is Public Health ?Screenshot 2018 12 06 What is Public Health YouTube2

Watch this video to find out! You will learn more about Public Health and the Global Charter developed by the WFPHA as a useful framework to understand how Public Health is delivered.

Food for thoughts for 2019!



7.- Communication to our members

Call for policy papers

The WFPHA and its Members influence international health policy through the development and implementation of policy resolutions and statements, as well as other advocacy initiatives. The WFPHA strongly encourages its members to develop policy papers and to advocate together for better local and global public health.

If you wish to submit resolutions or statements on relevant public issues at a national and global level, please consider the wider spectrum of the Global Public Health, reaching far beyond the medical paradigms. Issues such as equity, violence, environmental health, public health training and research, trade, social health insurance, workforce development are only few of the factors which everyday influence the health of people around the globe.

By passing your policy resolution at the next WFPHA Assembly (May 2019), you will have the possibility to reach a worldwide audience.

Policies should be submitted to by January 31st and should comply with our guidelines. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information!

Data policy

An updated data policy is avaliable on our website. Read it here.



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