IANPHI Participates in 2016 Salzburg Global Seminar on Health

salzburgJanuary 20, 2016

What are the points of leverage in support of health and wellbeing? What impact does the health of a population have in terms of social capital and productivity? 

Answering questions like these, as well as exploring new ideas and initiatives for moving beyond vertical healthcare programs toward a more comprehensive public health approach that addresses the social factors impacting health, was the focus of the 559th session of the Salzburg Global Seminar, in which several IANPHI members participated on January 16-21, 2016.

Hooked on Health Care: Designing Strategies for Better Health brought together more than 60 international community activists, public health leaders and academics for intensive workshops and strategy development sessions. "IANPHI members are at the forefront of international thinking on identifying and addressing the core factors that influence poor health," said U.S. Office Director Courtenay Dusenbury. "Their programs, including one on the impact of childhood adversity on the first 1000 days of life, presented by Public Health Wales' Executive Director Tracey Cooper, provide evidence-based calls to action along with tested, effective national strategies."

Working groups that were convened during the meeting resulted in several important new initiatives and ideas, including a new tool to help countries map health inequities. This idea will be further developed by Felix Rosenberg of FIOCRUZ, K. Srinath Reddy of the Public Health Foundation of India (a key IANPHI partner), Tracey Cooper, and others. Dusenbury noted that the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Health Foundation, which sponsored the event, have been crucial to bringing attention and an international focus to this important topic. "We look forward to carrying forward the knowledge and partnerships - and innovation and best practices - gained during Session 559 through IANPHI working groups, and during our 2016 annual meeting," she said.

Additional Resources:

Impact of Childhood Adversity and the first 1000 Days of Life (Tracey Cooper, Public Health Wales)

Hooked on Health Meeting: Seminar Materials

Salzburg Global Seminar 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Health Foundation

Collaboration is a key part of IANPHI's work. Learn more:

Peer-to-peer partnerships



Images courtesy of Salzburg Global Seminar