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Health and environment professionals gather at the EU Open Health Forum

From the 29th to 30th June 2010, health professionals, patient organisations, NGOs and policy makers gathered in Brussels for the EU Open Health Forum. The annual Forum, aims to involve key health stakeholders in European health policy by providing a platform for knowledge-sharing. The theme for the fourth Open Health Forum conference was "Together for Health – a Strategy for the EU 2020".

During the conference, HEAL and member organisation the European Federation of Allergy and Airway Diseases Patients Association (EFA) organised a workshop on Healthy Environments, entitled “Integrating Environment and Health policy towards better health”.

Through this interactive session we aimed to:

Provide concrete policy examples and enable discussions with EU stakeholders on how and where public health objectives as integral part in EU environment policies can influence health of all EU citizens.

Engage the health community into a wider EU environment policy debate

Create recommendations to the Plenary session, particularly in relation to the prioritisation of issues within the next EU Action Plan on Environment and Health.

The session was chaired by Marie Christine Dewolf, President, Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Marianella Salapatas, President, EFA, and moderated by David Stone, Principal Specialist Environment and Human Health, Natural England. The Rapporteur was Brian Ward, Policy Adviser, European Respiratory Society (ERS).

Workshop speakers and participants expressed their support for a second EU Action Plan on Environment and Health as an overarching framework for environment and health work on EU, national and local level. They also highlighted the need for greater synergies with the WHO Environment and Health process, to increase health community and youth participation, and to translate research into ambitious action.

-  Policy Recommendations from the workshop Integrating Environment and Health policy towards better health outcomes

For a full overview of the workshop content please click here, or for the programme click here

The presentations from the workshop are available here .

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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