A triple interview on the future of Public Health Training in Europe: insights from Robert Buckingham, Laurent Chambaud and Andres Roman
We, young people, always found it hard to apply our knowledge into practice. What practical advices can you share with us?
RB: Trainings, trainings, trainings. And take advantage of internships to get practical expertise. In North America people pursuing an MPH must write a practicum, which is not only a thesis, but really a hands-on exercise. Use all these opportunities to go beyond the degree and to develop your practical skills.
LC: And don’t forget that you can always come back to the university. Within ASPHER we are very interested in CPD (continuos professional development), which means exactly that you leave the university and go into real life, and you come back to university later on, with your “real life” experience.
AR: I want to share my experience with you: I am a medical doctor, psychiatrist by training. I had been practicing clinical medicine for a few years when I realized I wanted to move to public health. That was not what I studied for. But through trainings and practical experiences I decided how to direct myself. Weiterlesen
Could you please provide us with a definition of a life-course approach, and an example of a policy that represents a good practice in this field? In addition, what would be an example of a policy that does not apply the life-course approach?
Monika Kosinska during the session on health literacy at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), September 2016 © European Health Forum Gastein
The life-course approach requires a focus on acting early, on having a healthy start, acting on time and acting together. One example on how not to apply the life-course approach is the ‘silo design’: policies that do not look at the complexity and interconnectedness between different areas are going in the wrong direction.
There are many good examples of how to apply the life-course approach in Europe, and these include national policies addressing different cohorts and different needs. They also look at different moments in life and how these moments accumulate in terms of health over time. Tailored and differentiated policies on employment, for example, are becoming more and more common in our countries. These are signs of the transition from a silo to a more comprehensive approach. Weiterlesen
Bernadette N. Kumar
Director of the Norwegian Centre for Migration and Health (NAKMI)
Interviewed by Sofia Ribeiro, Young Gasteiner
Bernadette N. Kumar was panellist in a workshop entitled “Refugee Health” at the European Health Forum Gastein.
Tell me more about what you do and what were the main achievements you had work-wise over the last year.
We work as an agency with the government, but we also work with the civil society and with health professionals. Our main aim is to generate evidence and knowledge and evidence in order to inform authorities and civil society about migration and health. In addition, we also build capacity at local level by training health professionals, and we try to disseminate the knowledge that we generate to all these levels. Weiterlesen
Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance
Interviewed by Sofia Ribeiro, Young Gasteiner
Why do you consider the involvement of NGOs essential to achieve better health outcomes?
The involvement of NGOs leads to better decision-making, better implementation and better results for health. Our participation in health debates adds balance to the democratic process, and ensures legitimacy and practicability of decisions. NGOs can be the voice of common sense and especially of groups who are routinely excluded from policy-making, embracing the full range of diversity. These groups may include children and teenagers, refugees and migrants, unemployed people and people below the poverty line, homeless people, people suffering from mental health issues and addictions, Roma, LGBTQ, and many more. In the case of health, and for a given health problem, for example in chronic diseases, NGOs can represent the collective interest and experience of the workforce, patients’, families’ and carers’ perspectives and make sure their voice is heard in the public health debate. Weiterlesen
Director-General, health Bureau of Taichung City Government, Taiwan R.O.C.
What might be the biggest challenges concerning aging on the one hand and health and social care services on the other hand in Asian countries from your experience? What are some of the recurring challenges this country faces in this area?
The elderly people in East Asia are not so engaged. The main aim is to encourage our seniors to walk out of their houses and come to the communities, join various group activities. Because we know from the data that if you are alone, you are often more depressed and thus more at risk of suicide. In our program, elderly people are part of a group, which makes their lives more beautiful and valuable. Weiterlesen