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Call for Abstracts - Health Promoting Schools

Deadline For Abstract Submission is Postponed until April 1st

Schools that Promote Health, Wellbeing and Educational Success in the Next Decade

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The consortium of Journées annuelles de santé publique (JASP) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) join forces and are holding a meeting around health promoting schools on November 28th – 29th, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

All decision makers and stakeholders involved in the success, health and well-being of children and young people in school settings are invited to submit a presentation to contribute to a rich and diverse programming.

The international scientific committee is looking for presentations, posters and interactive workshops. It is concerned with addressing the challenges posed by the implementation of comprehensive approaches to developing effective, equitable and sustainable actions that promote health, wellbeing and optimal learning of children and young people.

Proposals for presentations and contributions must address at least one of these themes and sub-themes:

Theme 1: New Understandings

A comprehensive approach to health, well-being and educational success aims for schools to become a life setting where educational objectives and priorities are sustained by health promotion and disease prevention measures. This shift invites the health and education fields to achieve a better and shared understanding of the school mission, its orientations and its organization in order to carry out effective action to promote child and youth development. It also invites us to improve our understanding of the close links that exist between factors related to optimal learning and those related to health and well-being.

The different sessions under this theme must address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Better understanding of the school context:
    • In what ways can health promotion and disease prevention sustain the school’s core functions?
    • How can the links between health promotion strategies and the learning theories/ strategies from the educational sector be maximised in order to move from behaviour change objectives to a life skills approach?
  • Better understanding of the role of stakeholders concerned with health promotion and disease prevention (teachers, parents, and youth, as well as partners from health and social services, community organisations, associations and the private sector):
    • What is the role of each of the stakeholders in a Health Promoting School?
  • Better understanding of actions:
    • In the context of a paradigm shift, what essential skills / competencies should be developed in children and young people to promote health, well-being and educational success, and what actions will support the development of such skills?
    • Which criteria need to be met in order for actions targeting environments, children and youth to effectively develop skills linked to health, well-being and educational success?
    • What methods can be used to evaluate comprehensive school approaches and are coherent with specific aspects of such approaches?

Theme 2: Better integration

In a comprehensive school approach to health, well-being and educational success, stakeholders are invited to act both in a complementary manner, to address individual and environmental factors that are common to diverse issues and contexts and in a synergistic manner to strengthen actions throughout the course of childhood and youth. This shift invites the health and education stakeholders to a better understanding of the theory and practices of the different mechanisms and means to achieve integration.

The different sessions under this theme must address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Better integration of comprehensive approaches:
    • On what basis can we achieve better integration of comprehensive approaches offered to schools?
  • Better integration of actions:
    • On what basis can we achieve better integration of actions in schools?
  • Better integration of stakeholders:
    • On what basis can we achieve better integration of stakeholders?

Theme 3: Sustainable and Equitable Actions

Beyond sharing a common understanding of stakes and challenges of implementing more effective and better integrated actions, we have to consider their implementation in an equitable and sustainable way. These challenges require an adaptation of practices at all levels (international, national, regional and local). Mandatory to this is individual and organizational capacity building.

The different sessions under this theme must address one of the following sub-themes:

  • Individual and organizational capacity building:
    • How to support professional skills development underlying the adaptation and sustainability of practices in the school setting?
    • What are the management dimensions underlying the adaptation and sustainability of practices?
  • Sustainable and Equitable political actions:
    • What are the political actions supporting the adaptation and sustainability of practices?
  • Respect for local settings:
    • What are the conditions underlying respectful and sensitive considerations of local context?

Format of presentations and other contributions:

  • A 20 minute communication followed by a 10 minute exchange period. In 300 words, summarize the communication : issue, methods and approaches, results and conclusions.
  • A 90 minute workshop that can comprise a variety of communications, a round table, a group exercise, etc., and a time for exchange of at least 30 minutes. In less than 500 words, summarize the workshop : context/background, issue, topic of proposed communications/presentations and format of presentations (oral presentation, round table, discussion, group work, etc.).
  • A 180 minute workshop that can comprise a variety of communications, a round table, a group exercise, etc., and a time for exchange of at least 45 minutes. In less than 800 words, summarize the workshop : context/background, issue, topic of proposed communications/presentations and format of presentations (oral presentation, round table, discussion, group work, etc.).
  • A poster presentation (in less than 300 words).

The deadline for abstract submission is posponed until April 1st, 2011.

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Important Dates

  • Febuary 1st, 2011
    Call for abstracts Launch
  • March 25th, 2011 April 1st, 2011
    Closing date for abstract submission
  • April 29th, 2011
    Final decision for oral and poster presentations
  • June 1st, 2011
    Deadline for communicating final versions of titles, authors, abstracts to the international scientific committee
  • August 31st, 2011
    Scientific Programm online – Registration

For more information on this call for abstracts:
Marie-France Lepage
514 864-1600 #3550
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