Professor and Head of Health Promotion Research, Bjarne Bruun Jensen, has been elected as the IUHPE Regional Vice President for the next three years.
“As a Vice President I would like IUHPE to strengthen its role in Europe as a source of innovative practices and also as a reliable partner for emerging countries to develop joint initiatives”, states Bjarne Bruun Jensen.
One of his key issues is to develop and document the value of a health promotion approach to prevent and tackle the rise of Non Communicable Diseases (including diabetes), which he believes are threatening people’s health, well-being and our welfare systems at a global level.
Another key issue is engaging young people and schools as important catalysts of sustainable healthy change worldwide, as young people need to be seen as part of the solution to the rising global health crisis.
Bjarne Bruun Jensen and his research groups have participated in the last two IUHPE World Conferences in Thailand and in Brazil. He and his team have been responsible for plenary sessions highlighting how a health promotion approach can help to tackle the rise of Non Communicable Diseases.
Bjarne Bruun Jensen has also been involved in IUHPE’s Global Working Group on Salutogenesis where he has contributed to the first handbook
of salutogenesis, published during September 2016. Salutogenesis is an umbrella framework inspired by Aaron Antonovsky and encompassing several approaches all focusing on health as a resource aiming at creating a positive health development.
The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) is an independent global and professional association of individuals and organisations committed to improving the health and well-being of the people through education, community action and the development of public health policy.The vision of the IUHPE is a world where all people achieve optimum health and well-being.
The IUHPE World Conference is held every three years. Its next meeting will be in 2019 in New Zealand.