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22 DecemberNDPHS e-Newsletter 2/2016 now available
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that a new issue of its bi-annual e-newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. This issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter opens with an article about the NDPHS seminar “Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the years to come, or just the opposite?” which was organised as part of the 7th Annual EUSBSR Forum. 

You can also read about a report “Economic Dimensions of Health and Social Care” which was recently written for the NDPHS by Dr. Björn Ekman of the Lund University, Sweden. The report offers a wealth of useful information and examples why investing in health and well-being of populations represents good value for money both in short and long terms.

We have also included an article about the outcome of a study ‘’International Comparison of Differences in Premature Deaths and their Causes in selected NDPHS Partner Countries and Belarus Measured by Potential Years of Life Lost” implemented earlier this year under the auspices of the NDPHS, which was discussed during a regional event held two months ago. This, and the other two above mentioned actions, make part of our well-recognised, multiannual effort promoting the notion of “Health is Wealth” where we demonstrate strong linkages between the health sector, on the one hand, and economy and other policy areas, on the other.

Further on, we invite you to learn about the second Northern Dimension Day organised by the Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) back-to-back with the 7th Annual EUSBSR Forum. During the former event representatives of all Northern Dimension structures discussed their vision of 2030 and how to grasp the opportunities and fight the challenges we expect to face in the coming future.

You will also find a brief introduction to a recently commenced project “IC-Health,” which aims to be an important contribution to the digitalisation agenda for the Baltic Sea Region and Europe.

We are equally pleased to share with you the outcomes of our recently held discussions on indicators and methods to monitor and analyse primary health care. They offered a good opportunity to learn how various countries in our region work to develop methods and tools in the PHC area.

Last, but not least, continuing the introduction to the leaderships of the NDPHS Experts Groups, which we began with the latest issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter, we have the pleasure to introduce to you two members of the NDPHS Expert Group on Prison Health leadership who joined this group several months ago.

 

Please note that NDPHS e-Newsletters are distributed only in an electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

Wishing you an enjoyable reading and a relaxing summer!

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org
 

10 November7th Annual EUSBSR Strategy Forum: NDPHS Seminar “Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?”
8 November 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
 

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Organized by the Secretariat of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network (eH4R), the seminar focused on the above question by addressing linkages between health of populations and the economic prosperity of their countries, discussed current and possible future regional challenges to health and social care, and debated how big impact what is happening now can have on our future lives and on the economies of our countries. The seminar was part of the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR held on 8-9 November 2016.

 

Moderated by Mr. Marek Maciejowski, Director of the NDPHS Secretariat, the event built on and greatly benefited from the presentations delivered by three renowned speakers: Dr. Björn Ekman of the Lund University (Sweden), Prof. Dr. Roland Trill of the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and MD Dr. Galina Maslennikova of the National Research Centre for Preventive Medicine (Russia).

Their presentations provided a wealth of information and examples including the following. Evidence was presented regarding investing in health and well-being of populations and how it represents good value for money with average returns on investments being many times the initial investment costs. Further, the need for innovative approaches across sectors to harness opportunities and address current and emerging risks was emphasized, as well as the importance of ensuring higher efficiency and implementing cost-effective, smart solutions stressed – eHealth being one promising area. Also, information about the big losses related to premature deaths in countries in our region during last years was presented, and how much national economies gain when there are less premature losses of life.

The speakers’ PPT presentations, as well as other documents (among them the Moderator’s Conclusions), can be downloaded from the NDPHS website here

The seminar was co-financed by the EU through the Interreg Baltic Sea Regional Programme 2014-2020.

The NDPHS Secretariat is also pleased to announce a report ”Economic Dimensions of Health and Social Care,” which Dr. Björn Ekman has recently written for the NDPHS, and which was frequently referred to during the seminar. The report can be downloaded from the NDPHS Database here

 

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

23 SeptemberInvitation to a NDPHS seminar "Where are we heading – wealthier and healthier in the decades to come, or just the opposite?" during the 7th Annual EUSBSR Forum
 

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On 8 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 7th Strategy Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) will hold a seminar in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network. The seminar, to which we are pleased to invite you, will discuss a topic close to the heart of each and every one of us, namely what our chance is to live a healthy and wealthy life in 2030 and beyond given the challenges our countries and the region are faced with.

Population health has a significant effect on the prosperity of our countries and vice versa. Although confronted with various challenges during last few decades, by and large our societies have been doing well and now we are healthier and wealthier than in the past. Will, however, this positive trend continue given the new challenges we are and will be faced with? Pressures on economies are growing, not least due to the demographic changes such as aging of populations. It appears that in the near future fewer working people will have to support a growing number of retirees. In addition, people’s expectations of a better health care continue to grow. Will future economies be able to support our longer, healthier and equally comfortable lives? How countries in the Baltic Sea Region can make more effective investments in health and social well-being of their populations? How will we and systems adapt to the new realities that will bring new challenges but also new opportunities? How further development and increasing application of eHealth services can help us?

Two renowned international experts – Dr. Björn Ekman and Prof. Dr. Roland Trill – will make introductory presentations after which we will hold an open and interactive discussion involving both them and the audience, which will be focused on the above questions seen from both from a strategic, region-wide perspective and, as a complementary element, from a down-to-earth perspective of an ordinary person.

We hope to arrive at conclusions regarding possible steps that could be taken to help ensure the situation will at least not worsen in the future.

Please register for the Strategy Forum, including the NDPHS Seminar by the deadline of 30 September 2016 at: www.strategyforum2016.eu/practical-information/registration-31743586.

 

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is a cooperative effort of nine governments, the European Commission and eight international organisations. The Partnership's mission is to promote sustainable development of the Northern Dimension area by improving peoples’ health and social well-being. It aims to contribute to this process by intensifying cooperation, assisting the Partners and Participants in capacity building, and by enhancing coordination between international activities within the Northern Dimension area.

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org
 

26 JuneNDPHS e-Newsletter 1/2016 now available
 

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that a new issue of its bi-annual e-newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. This issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter opens with an article about the policy-to-project-to-policy regional conference recently organised by the NDPHS Secretariat and hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. The Partnership promotes the policy-to-project-to-policy approach as it sees it indispensable in making meaningful and lasting contributions to systemic improvements in the Baltic Sea Region and, with this, to successfully addressing regional challenges to health and social well-being.

Further on, we invite the readers to meet the leaderships of the NDPHS Experts Groups that have been reformed last year following the adoption of the new NDPHS Strategy 2020 and its accompanying Action Plan. As the reformed expert groups are already in a full swing working towards achieving the agreed regional goals and objectives, we hope this can offer plentiful opportunities for other interested stakeholders to become involved in mutually supportive regional efforts.

Please note that NDPHS e-Newsletters are distributed only in an electronic format and can be downloaded from the NDPHS website at http://www.ndphs.org/?e-newsletter.

We wish you a joyous holiday season, as well as a prosperous and successful year 2017!

Further information:

NDPHS Secretariat
P.O. Box 2039
SE-103 11 Stockholm
Sweden
E-mail: secretariat@ndphs.org

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