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Discussing health across Europe - from global to local policies, methods and practices

By Gabriela Lamarca & Mario Vettore (ENSP/FIOCRUZ)

From 14 to 17 October 2015, the 8th European Public Health (EPH) Conference will be held in Milan, Italy. The annual EPH Conference is an initiative of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and aims to contribute to the improvement of public health across European countries by offering the means to exchange information and a platform for debate to researchers, policymakers, practitioners, young professionals and students in the field of public health and health services research as well as for those involved in public health training and education.

The 7th EPH edition was held in Glasgow, Scotland, and the focus of the previous conference was to discuss effective actions to reduce health inequalities. Moreover, the participants shared knowledge and experiences across Europe, debating how austerity measures might increase health inequalities, why healthy foods are still more expensive and thereby less available to lower income people, and how new technologies may even increase health inequalities.

All in all, although European population’s health has improved in the last recent decades, inequalities in health have widened. In the 8th EPH Conference, exchanging information will be a central issue in addition to raising an in-depth debate through a platform to discuss global and local policies, methods and practices related to public health in Europe.

The 8th EPH Conference will be held along with the 48th National Congress of the Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, which is expected to be the largest public health event in Europe in 2015. The conferences will occur at the ultramodern MiCO, which is located just only one Metro stop from Milan city centre and the world exhibition.

Further details and information are available on: http://www.ephconference.eu/

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