Views of Health Promotion Online
Dialogues in Progress
Working Group on Competencies and Workforce Development (CWDG)
Achieving high levels of capacity in individuals, organisations and countries to undertake health promotion activities; and offering capacity building opportunities for individuals and institutions to better carry out health promotion initiatives and advocacy efforts, are key strategic objectives of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
The Working Group is established to build on, follow up, complete and extend the positive outcomes of the CompHP Project - Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe, funded by the European Commission (EAHC, http://www.ec.europa.eu/eahc - Project number 20081209). The IUHPE has been an active partner in the Project and has been recognized as the most relevant organisation to take forward the work of the CompHP Project, in particular in relation to accreditation.
In addition to the CompHP Project, the basis for this Working Group lies in the Galway Consensus Conference (2008) which promoted dialogue and established an exchange of understanding among international partners regarding domains of core competency, standards, and quality assurance mechanisms in the professional preparation and practice of health promotion specialists. The Consensus Conference, organized by the IUHPE in collaboration with the National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), United-States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a range of other partners, was designed to provide a forum for discussion to identify the practices necessary to build capacity for health promotion, as well as systems that can assure quality in practice, education, and training.
It contributes directly to the 'Health Promotion Systems' priority area for the work of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) for the period 2011-2016.
The IUHPE Working Group on Health Promotion Competencies and Workforce Development aims to improve the competency and effectiveness of health promotion practitioners, recognizing that a competent workforce, with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for translating policy, theory and research into effective action, is critical to the growth and development of global health promotion.
Facilitate dialogue and coordination between practitioners, policymakers and education providers to improve the competency and effectiveness of the health promotion workforce;
Identify and implement relevant capacity building activities for health promotion professionals;
Advocate for, and actively contribute to, the implementation of agreed competency-based standards for health promotion practice, to improve quality assurance and continuous professional development, and to facilitate international mobility of health promotion professionals;
Support the implementation of the findings of the CompHP Project at the European level, and ultimately at a global level, with regards to the core competencies, professional standards and accreditation mechanisms for health promotion practice, education and training.
- Implement and establish the CompHP Accreditation Framework at the European level with the IUHPE as the Accreditation Organisation, as described in the CompHP Accreditation framework;
- Identify and contribute to the development of appropriate tools to facilitate the operational functioning of the Working Group, such as an online document sharing system, in coordination with the IUHPE Vice President for Communications and Headquarters staff members;
- Develop online tools for capacity building of health promotion Practitioners, in coordination with the IUHPE Vice Presidents for Scientific Affairs and Capacity Building Education and Training, the other IUHPE GWGs and Headquarters officers;
- Contribute to the development of curricula and modules of health promotion in different settings and for different target audiences (mixed teams of practitioners within and outside the health sector, policy-makers and programme managers, etc.);
- Contribute to the development of the scientific programme of the IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion.
Members' roles and responsibilities
Members will be responsible for:
- Contributing and/or taking leadership with respect to the development of specific activities detailed in the work plan;
- Participating in email exchanges, teleconferences, and face-to-face meetings when possible to advance the work of the Working Group;
- Signaling opportunities for pursuing additional resources to support the work plan of the Working Group;
- Ensuring efforts to connect with other relevant groups or organisations from their networks with which the Working Group should be linking up for greater impact and reach.
Co-Chairs' roles and responsibilities
The co-Chairs of the Working Group will be responsible for:
- Coordinating the overall development and implementation of the Working Group work plan;
- Actively participate in the development of the scientific programme of the IUHPE World Conference;
- Liaise with other Working Groups' chairs in order to ensure synergies and mutual support where appropriate;
- Report to the IUHPE Vice President for Scientific Affairs, on a regular basis and formally bi annually (IUHPE Board of Trustees and Executive Committee);
- Ensure that appropriate evaluation mechanisms are in place.
Communication and dissemination
The members of the group will keep regular internal contacts through email, teleconferences, and yearly meetings. If funding is secured, the Working Group members will also communicate through a dedicated space on an IUHPE online platform.
External dissemination will be done through:
- a dedicated page on IUHPE web site;
- a Working Group newsletter (if appropriate funding is secured);
- IUHPE World and Regional Conferences;
- Participation in other events and conferences where relevant;
- Publication of articles on the specific activities implemented in the whole of the IUHPE family of Journals and other relevant supports;
- Any other appropriate means according to the specific activities implemented.
Fund-raising activities are ongoing. Funds collected from external sources will be managed directly from IUHPE Headquarters, though a dedicated budget line, specifically made available for the Working Group and earmarked for the implementation of its objectives according to the approved yearly work plans.
The planned accreditation system should become self-sustainable after the piloting phase.
IUHPE Headquarters Support
The IUHPE will provide the Work Group's Secretariat, as well as support in the development of core activities, of a dedicated webpage and of other communication tools, proportionately to the resources available.
The IUHPE Headquarters will also facilitate the exchange with other Working Groups, and the participation in the IUHPE specific research-collaborative programs.
Reporting to IUHPE governing bodies:
through the IUHPE Vice-President for Scientific Affairs.
Professor Margaret Barry
National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Professor Paolo Contu
Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy
Dr. Christine Dimitrakaki
Centre for Health Services Research Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, Athens University, Greece
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research (LBIHPR), Austria
Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Institute for Health Promotion and Sport Sciences
Professor Carmen Gallardo
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
German speaking health promotion network
Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Institut national de prevention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes), France
Dr. Hana Janatova
National Institute of Public Health, the Czech Republic
Dr. Anu Kasmel
Estonian Union for Health Promotion
University of Tartu, Estonia
Professor Lasse Kannas
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
University of Ljubljiana, Slovenia
National School of Public Health/New University of Lisbon, Portugal
Professor Richard Parish
Royal Society for Public Health, UK
Dr. Giancarlo Pocetta
Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy
Federal Centre for Health Education (Bzga), Germany
Dr. Viv Speller
University of Southampton
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Stephan Van den Broucke
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Mr. Gerard van der Zanden
The Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion, Netherlands
Professor John P. Allegrante
Columbia University, USA
Professor Hiram V. Acevedo Arroyo
University of Puerto Rico
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), USA
Division of Public Health Systems and Workforce Development
Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, USA
Mr. Brian Hyndman
University of Toronto, Canada
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Dr Diane Levin-Zamir,
Clalit Health Services, Israel
Professor David V. McQueen
International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), USA
Professor Hans Onya
University of Limpopo, South Africa
Ms Helen Rance
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand
Professor Mala Rao
Indian Institute of Public Health, Hyderabad, India
National Heart Foundation, Australia
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
New York University, USA
Coordinators of operations:
Working Group coordinator: Sara Nina Debenedetti, IUHPE
Operating grant coordinator: Marie Josefine Grimm, IUHPE
Operating grant consultant: Barbara Battel-Kirk
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