Health Promotion Forum
Expanding health promotion at the sub-national level: a focus on the Regions for Health Network (RHN) and its members
Moderator: Mrs Solvejg Wallyn, Policy Coordinator, International Affairs, Agency for Care and Health, Flanders (Belgium)
Organized by Regions for Health Network, WHO EURO
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that public health, mental health and well-being should be equally promoted in responding to a crisis, and that they are necessary to reach out to vulnerable groups with an equitable response. RHN would like to seize this momentum and reflect on how to best promote positive outcomes/processes in some RHN regions, moving towards a more equitable society. Since regions and local authorities have been at the forefront of the response to the pandemic, they have learned first-hand how comprehensive planning and multi-sectoral strategies are necessary to promote healthy environments in their communities. By presenting and discussing a variety of solution-based initiatives undertaken in Regions for Health to promote health and well-being, it is expected that participants acquire new knowledge and understanding about how subnational authorities can play an important role both in the design and implementation of policies in these fields.