11th European Public Health Conference - Winds of change: towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

29. 11. 2018
Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia from 28 November - 1 December 2018

The conference is under the honorary patronage of His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.


Modern health strategies acknowledge that health care alone cannot improve health and wellbeing of today's populations. A challenge that is often mentioned is that of insufficient health literacy. This impedes the smooth implementation of many actions and interventions. Opportunities for public health exist in raising the overall level of health literacy, enabling populations at large to take better control over their own health.

Opportunities exist as well  in advancing healthy public policies and making the life cycle approach a leading concept. It is becoming necessary to think beyond the traditional vulnerable groups approach and, instead, use stratifying approaches based on demographic and socio-economic characteristics of population groups.

At the Ljubljana conference, we wish to point out the importance of developing partnerships at all levels and across different actors to improve the health of the population. Partnerships are especially relevant in the local community, where people live and work. It is of the utmost importance that decision makers, professionals from different sectors and nongovernmental organizations work together in establishing population wellbeing through different levers, among others through more favourable living conditions and through comprehensive health promotion, and thus jointly contribute to better health for all. Through the plenary sessions, this vision is further explored.


  • Public health: from local community's responses to addressing global health
  • Sustainable Development Goals - how can we address them through public health action?
  • Public health resources - the core of the development of public health action
  • Public's awareness of public health challenges - ways of promoting public health and raising the importance of public health challenges
  • Health systems under pressure

Video Public health achievements in Slovenia

Conference Tracks

The parallel programme is divided into of 16 Conference Tracks to guide delegates through the vast number of sessions:

A. Winds of change and innovation

B. European and global health issues

C. E-Health technology, communication and elderly health

D. Health promotion, lifestyles and behaviour

E. Environment and health / Obesity and nutrition

F. Health systems and health care

G. Health services research

H. Health workforce and health at work

I. Infectious diseases, vaccination and global health

K. Chronic diseases

L. Migrant, LGBT and minority health

M. Mental health

N. Maternal, child and adolescent health

O. Impact assessment / Health literacy

P. Public health monitoring and reporting, screening

Q. Social security, work and health

Europeah Public Health Conference (EPHC) homepage is available here.

Press releases:

Societies, ageing and health?

The realities of a digital world and what it means for young people’s health

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) calls for new evidence based policies on migration, ethnicity and health

Mental health during the life course