Interactive Webinar: Health promotion responses to the COVID-19 pandemic

Join our INTERACTIVE WEBINAR on Monday 22 June 2020, 18.00-19.00 CEST

This webinar will be an opportunity to discuss with Prof. Stephan Van den Broucke the way health promotion can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ask him your questions.

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In response to the current pandemic, governments around the world have taken unprecedented actions. Health (or more precisely the threat of disease) has become the primary concern, taking precedence over other political, economic or social issues.

Facing responses that are now mostly focused on disease prevention, health promotion needs to make its specific perspective heard. We need to remind everyone that health depends on a number of political, economic, social and environmental determinants. All these have an impact to everyone in the world in various levels. This is why health promotion always consists of two inseparable components: action on the ecosystem of people and action on the development of people’s capacities. Now more than ever, the current situation is reminding us of how health literacy – the ability of individuals to access and understand health information so that they can use it in a sensible way – is decisive in the implementation of preventive measures and the development of the epidemic. What can the appropriate responses be to the COVID-19 pandemic from a health promotion perspective?

The purpose of this webinar is to highlight the contribution of health promotion to the COVID-19 pandemic by answering the following three questions:

  • What can health promotion contribute in terms of management of the pandemic?
  • Fake news, understanding complex issues, health knowledge: how to develop the capacity of each individual to take charge of their own health?
  • There will probably be several waves of COVID-19 outbreaks or other pandemics. What are the health promotion recommendations for a sustainable response to the pandemic and for the future?


Stephan Van den Broucke, Vice-Dean of the Catholic University of Leuven and Vice-President for Scientific Affairs of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

The webinar will be accessible 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. No registration is required to participate in the webinar. 500 places will be available. This webinar will also be broadcast live on YouTube.

Interactive Webinar: Health promotion responses to the COVID-19 pandemic