The 20th meeting 8-9 December, 2016 WHO Copenhagen

Minutes from the 19th NHPRN meeting 8-9th of December 2016

Location: WHO Regional Office Europe, Copenhagen.

 Thursday, December 8th

Sami Kokko, wished us all welcome and presented the agenda and timetable for the meeting. We started with a presentation round and a special welcome to our new members.

13.30 – 14.30 Follow-up to the 8th NHPRC

Group discussions, chaired by Sami Kokko . The discussion was structured through the three themes of the conferences ; twenty years of health promotion and the development in health promotion research in particular. the paradigm shift in local governance focusing more on health, welfare and sustainability instead of economy interventions in health promotion.

People agreed on that the conference had fulfilled the goals and the conference also had been very well organized.

14.30 – 16.00 Ditte-Marie From and Nicole Thualagant, Roskilde University outlined the content of a special issue from their research group at Roskilde university The research group conducts cross-curricular research with focus on Health Promotion and Sustainable development where sustainability must be understod in the widest possible sense which includes environment, social change as well as institutional conditions, etc.

The presentation and the questions it raised were discussed in smaller group.

16.30 – 18.30 Working group sessions, smaller rooms

Friday, December 9th

Working group sessions

 Reports from the discussions in the working groups.

 Bengt Lindström reports;

European Training Consortium in Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC-PHHP)


  • An online, open access book “Handbook of Salutogenesis” is published 2016. Ed: B. Lindström, M. Eriksson
  • Next Salutogenesis conference in Beersheba, Israel, January, 2019 foci Salutogenesis and evidence.


  • Next European IUHPE plan for conference in Trondheim 2018.
  • Next international IUHPE world conference is planned to be in New Zeeland 2019.
  • Bjarne Bruun Jensen has been elected as the Regional Vice president of Europa IUHPE and will serve its executive board.
  • Both Bengt and Bjarne suggest NHPRN to have a closer collaboration with IUHPE- Europe. Bjarne suggests that we on a coming NHPRN meeting look for synergies between NHPRN and IUHPE.

 11.00 – 12.00 Insights from the 9th WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai

Gauden Galea, Director of Non communicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Here all the ppt pictures 

 It was announced that the presentation should be pre-recorded, but it got possible for Gauden to attend the meeting and have the presentation in person. We appreciated this very much as it also gave opportunity for questions and discussion. The PP presentation is published on the NHPRN- web site.

Gauden Galea was accompanied by Elena Shwvkune a new member of the Non communicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course division. Elena is a medical doctor and she is taking over the responsibilities for HP and will be our the contact person in the division.

Galea reflected on the rise (and fall) of health promotion according to the Google N-gram and Big data. These showed a decline in frequency of health promotion words in books and google searches from 2000-2012 and then a trend to rise in 2015. These trends were discussed according to relevance (is health promotion passé?), artefacts (new concepts and subgroups?) and competition (written interests?). Galea shared some hypothesis on next steps for health promotion; need of new strategies and skillsets to reach and communicate with people accustomed to use technology; need of merit further studies on health promotion; time for new inspiration- healthy evolution (no conference has been as new as Ottawa 1986).

Galea continued with reflections on the WHO conference on health promotion in Shanghai.

He highlighted the critical links between promoting health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and that health promotion was not mentioned in the title for the conference and not a theme at the conference. The conference themes were health cities, health literacy, good government, healthy China. Instead health promotion was presented as an instrument for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) achievement.

Galea presented the conference program and suggested us to read, from his point of view three important documents; the Shanghai consensus on Health Cities 2016; the “Shanghai Declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”; and Illona Kichbuschs` closing remarks at the Shanghai conference. In this she considered that the conference has been a political watershed, health is a political issue and a global concern, therefore political choices and commitment are crucial, and that the largest opportunity to promote health is in front of us.

SDG was also highlighted in the WHO High level conference “Working together for better health and wellbeing”, Paris December, 2016 and the importance of health promoting collaboration was emphasized.

Lastly Gauden Galea invited to discussion. Questions and reflections focused on why health literacy was a theme – continued movement from the Nairobi-conference 2009; the new aspect “shop” in the health settings concept – people are consumers at market places, internet shopping, face book and exposed for marketing; if and how equity related to health and poverty was discussed – yes it was both in Shanghai and Paris. A finale question was raised on the SDG document process. Galea explained that the document was reflected, discussed and revised by many people before the conference to ease for the WHO-assembly at the conference to determine the new declaration.

In addition to this  recent presentation of the Shanghai conference could be found here, but in Swedish written by Bo J A Haglund and Bosse Pettersson.

 12.00 – 13.00 Reports from the working groups and closing

Network chairmanship for 2017-18

During the last years the chairman for the network meetings has been the same person as for the actual NHPRN conference. The conference group suggest that the chairmanship is split up, one chairman for the conference work and one for the network meetings. Sami presented a list with tasks for the chairman of network-meetings and requested interested persons. Ulla Forinder was suggested and got appointed by the meeting.

Dates for NHPRN meetings 2017 and 2018

The first meeting next year take place 30-31 March 2017 at WHO Copenhagen. The second meeting is 7-8/12, 2017. On request to have some more space between the meetings, the spring meeting 2018 is planned to 19-20 April. Date for the second 2018 meeting is not yet decided.

Agenda, meeting March 2017

Suggested issues: Collaboration with IUHPE and WHO. Invite Bjarne Bruun Jensen and Elena Shwvkune WHO Non communicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-Course division for presentations and discussions on such collaboration.

Supplement in Scand. J of Public Health

Authors to 19 presentations at the NHPRN conference are invited to write articles to the supplement. Suggested submit deadline is end of February, but some authors need more time. End of March latest date. Publication autumn 2017.

The 9th NHPRC conference in Roskilde

The conference is planned to 12-14 June 2019 in Roskilde, Denmark. Working title: “Health promotion, welfare and sustainability”.

The NHPRN web page

To be more visible and informative as both an internal and external source on the NHPRN activities and members, there is need for improvements, “new eyes “ and reflections on current content and structure. Catrine Kostenius and Maria Warne will assist Bo Haglund in these improvements of the web page.

All working groups are requested to write a short presentation of the group, members and focus and send to Bo.

To get a more updated web page – all members are requested to send links to articles, conferences, information, etc. on health promotion. Send also this to Bo.

 Concluding discussion and reflections on the activities in the network and in the groups:

– write more debate and commentary articles

– more collaboration with EUPHA and present the NHPRN network at next conference in EUPHA conference in Stockholm 2017. Suggestion to do the same at the IUHPE conference in Trondheim.

– several activities during the meetings is twofold; interesting to get input from presentations and other working groups, but meeting and working in the working group is important. Not possible for everyone to come the day before or stay longer for group activities.

– Important to find balance and make rooms for all reasons and expectations of attending the meetings.


Sami thanks all participants for an active participation in the meeting and for the confidence he has had as chairman. Bo and Elisabeth made a huge thanks from all of us for a great completed chairmanship.




The 20th Nordic Workshop for Health Promotion
Dear colleagues in the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network!

We would like to invite you to the 20th Nordic Health Promotion Research Network meeting, on the 8th and th of December 2016 in Copenhagen. Please, find the schedule of the meeting on page 2.

The 20th NHPRN meeting will focus on three main themes. First, we will do a follow-up to the main themes and messages from the past NHPR conference in Jyväskylä and hear an up-date on the standing of the conference supplement. Second, we will hear insights and messages from the 9th WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai by Gauden Galea (pre-recorded lecture) and third, we will have a presentation on Health Promotion and Sustainability by Ditte-Marie From and Nicole Thualagant from the Roskilde University following by discussions with the participants of the meeting. In addition, there is time reserved for the working groups to proceed with their topical tasks.

WHO requires a list of participant (with full affiliation details) beforehand in order to get access to WHO office. Therefore, I ask you to verify your participation to the 20th meeting by emailing by the end of November 2016 (i.e. 30.11.2016). There won ́t be additional registration request. Please, remember to inform your affiliation information at the same time. Also, state when verifying your participation to the meeting, if you are interested in joining for mutual dinner in the evening of the 8th of December. If there are enough those interested a pre-order will be made.

Practical arrangements:

The meeting will take place at WHO regional office as previous times. Chairmanships responsibility is to reserve the facilities at WHO and arrange content and schedule for the meeting. For travelling and accommodation every participant takes personally care of all the arrangements including meal payments.

For accommodation Hotel Østerport have made us a block reservation (Single room DKK 765,00 per room per night. The prices are incl. breakfast, VAT and service charge). We advise you to book your hotel room as soon as possible and prior to 7th of November The block reservation will be released without further notice November 8th, 2016. Use the block code: 96702 for reduced price. Lunch will be available at WHO (at cost). Coffee and other refreshments will not be pre-ordered.

Contact information to Hotel Østerport: phone: +45 7012 4646 e-mail:

With best regards, Sami Kokko

Chairman of the NHPRN
PhD, senior researcher, adjunct professor University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Agenda for The 20th meeting within the Nordic Health Promotion Research Network 8th and 9th of December 2016, WHO, regional office of Europe, Copenhagen


Thursday, December 8th

Venue: WHO Regional office Europe, main venue, to be confirmed later

13.15 –13.30 Welcome, agenda and timetable of the meeting

Sami Kokko, University of Jyväskylä

13.30 -14.30 Follow-up to the 8th NHPRC

Group discussions, chaired by Sami Kokko16.00 –

14.30 -16.00 Health Promotion and Sustainability

                           Ditte-Marie From and Nicole Thualagant, Roskilde University

16.00 -16.30   Break (Coffee/Tea)

16.30 -18.30 Working group sessions, smaller rooms

19.30 –            Dinner (for those interested, pre-reservation possible made)

Friday, December 9th

Venue: WHO Regional office Europe, main venue

9.00 – 11.00 Working group sessions continue, smaller rooms

11.00 – 12.00 Insights from the 9th WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in           Shanghai (pre-recorded)

Gauden Galea, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health      through the Life-Course, WHO Regional Office for Europe

12.00 – 13.00 Reports from the working groups and closing  /  All participants

* Network chairmanship for 2017-18

* Conference news from the 9th NHPRC

* Confirmation of the 21st workshop on 30-31 March 2017 in Copenhagen with a theme of X (to be decided during the 20th workshop)

13.00 –                  Working group – sessions
Each working group to be decided

%d bloggers like this:
close-alt close collapse comment ellipsis expand gallery heart lock menu next pinned previous reply search share star