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MINUTES FROM ISECN OCTOBER CONFERENCE CALL

2008 October 22

Participants:

Hope Corbin, US/UK

Lauren Cordwell, Australia

Calvin de los Reyes, Philippines/Japan

Nastaran Kesharvarz, Iran

Liz Headley, Australia

Abdelhamid Benalia, France/UK

Pius Attandoh, Ghana/Norway

Torill Bull, Norway (minutes)

 

Agenda:

Update from South-West Pacific region

  • Summary from 8th IUHPE European Conference on Health Promotion, Turin Sept. 2008
  • Launch of New Media Group
  • Update on Equity and Diversity working group
  • Update on Ethics working group
  • VHPO launch
  • Update on VHPO journal stream
  • Work on creating ISECN visual profile
  • ISECN brochure and translation
  • Update on the work of the Global Scientific Committee for Geneva World Conference
  • ISECN presence on the Editorial Board of GHP (Global Health Promotion, formerly P& E)

Ad 1.

Lauren Cordwell updated us that:

1. A meeting is being planned to enable students and early career professionals to meet with Health Promotion Regional Advisor for World Health Organization Western Pacific Region.  Meeting scheduled for November in Melbourne, Australia.
 
2. A letter has been published in October edition of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  Article entitled 'Taking care of the public health student and early career community in Australia: their views' written by James Smith and Lauren Cordwell.
 

Ad 2.

Torill Bull conveyed her impressions from the Turin conference, focusing on the following:

  • ISECN came forward as a major actor within IUHPE, gaining respect and recognition through especially two keynote presentations of ISECN representatives (Hope Corbin on the future of health promotion; Torill Bull on ISECN work towards a health promotion code of ethics).
  • The conference demonstrated the value and importance of health promotion, but also the need for increased impact on society and the factors determining health. We need to learn how to create movement and action, maybe especially through exploring the possibilities that new media (?web 2?) are opening up.

Ad 3.

Hope Corbin is establishing an ISECN working group on New Media, exploring how we can make use of new technology to increase our impact on society/health determinants. ISECN members are encouraged to join this group if they are interested in these issues (). So far, Liz Headly and Torill Bull have volunteered to join the group.

Ad 4.

The Equity and Diversity working group lead by Nastaran Keshavarz has had its first phone conference to set out direction for the work.

  • Sadly Gabrielle Holmefjord had to resign from the working group due to increased work load in other areas. Good luck with your new responsibilities, Gabrielle!
  • The working group is in need of a co-manager from a developed nation to replace Gabrielle. Those interested are encouraged to contact .
  • A special focus of the working group is a provision for equal opportunities for health promoters when it comes to access to conferences and publishing. These arenas are vitally important to increasing impact and build resources for the health promotion work

Ad 5.

The working group on Ethics is doing fine. Current updates:

  • The work of the group was presented in a plenary keynote at the IUHPE conference in Turin.
  • Sadly Gabrielle Holmefjord had to resign from the working group due to increased work load in other areas. 
  • Suzzie Nchogu from Kenya has joined the group and represents much valued experience and increases our global representativeness.
  • A qualitative study on ethics has just been started, and a web survey is to follow soon.

Ad 6.

Views of Health Promotion Online (VHPO) has been launched, and the discussion streams are overseen by ISECN members, www.vhpo.net. VHPO is an online discussion forum enabling easy bottom-up communication within IUHPE/the wider health promotion community. We wish to secure the success of this innovative tool, and encourage you all to take part in discussions AND to spread the word to other health promoters. 

Ad 7.

The Journal stream of VHPO is managed by ISECN member Pius Attandoh, and we encourage you all to share your ideas and wishes for how journals can play their role in health promotion in an optimal way.

Ad 8.

Abdelhamid (Hamid) Benalia has contributed with interesting ideas for how to improve the visual profile of ISECN, including the design for a logo and a ?revamp? of the website layout.

  • We could make use of design/webdesign students to do this work for us, in close communication with ISECN, and the work would be rewarded in the form of recognition on the website, not through financial measures.
  • We established a working group for the visual profile of ISECN, with the first members being Hamid and Hope. Others may contact Hamid () if they feel they have contributions to this work.
  • Hamid also suggests that all members make use of various options for promoting ISECN, for instance by additions to their CVs, business cards, webmail signatures, conference registrations, etc.

Ad 9.

The ISECN brochure developed by Lauren Cordwell, Calvin de los Reyes and others, has now been posted in English, Japanese, and French versions on the ISECN website (we are thankful to Mathieu Roy and Abdelhamid Benalia for their contributions). The conference discussed the advantages of more translations:

  • Calvin reported how he has put the brochure to good use in his work in Japan.
  • A brochure, downloadable from the web, could be used to promote ISECN at different universities and other venues where potential members might be found.
  • Even if a country has no established activity for ISECN, a brochure might help members trying to establish such activity.
  • ISECN members willing to translate the brochure into their native language can contact Lauren Cordwell () to get a form for translation. (ISECN will develop quality insurance measures for translated material).
  • Mass distribution of the brochure should be coordinated with the new visual profile.

Ad 10.

ISECN Global Chair, Hope Corbin, has been invited to serve on the Executive Committee for the World Conference in Geneva in 2010. We encourage ISECN members to send us information about their work areas/areas of interest for publishing on the ISECN website. This will help in planning scientific activities during the World Conference. You may also submit a list of your publications. The material should be sent to Global Secretary Torill Bull ().

Ad 11.

ISECN Global Chair, Hope Corbin, has also been invited to join the Editorial Board of Global Health Promotion. This is a great recognition of the role of ISECN in health promotion. We encourage ISECN members to send material for publishing to GHP.

 

Minutes from ISECN Summer Phone Conference

July 15th 2008

Participants: 

  • Hope Corbin (US), James Smith (Australia), Nastaran Keshavarz (Iran), Sara ? (Iran), Lina Toleikyte (UK), Pius Attandoh (Ghana/Norway), Gabrielle Holmefjord (Norway), Torill Bull (Norway).
  • Minutes by: Torill Bull

 

Agenda (accepted by mail in advance):

 

  • 1. Round of hello
    2. Brisbane Breakfast report (James Smith)
    3. Lauren Cordwell's brochure (Hope Corbin)
    4. Asia update (Calvin de los Reyes)
    5. Africa update (Pius Attandoh)
    6. Ethics group update (Torill Bull)
    7. Equity group update (Nastaran Keshavarz)
    8. Turin Conference update (Lina Toleikyte, Torill Bull, Hope Corbin)
    9. ISECN membership policy (Hope Corbin)
    10. Discussion of past and future of health promotion (Hope Corbin)
  • Ad 1.

(Always nice to hear the voices instead of just seeing email signatures?)

 

Ad 2.

James Smith gave a report from the ISECN Breakfast organised by himself and Lauren Cordwell at a large conference in Brisbane in the beginning of July 2008. The breakfast had attendance from many Australian health promotion actors and organisations, and was a great success. ISECN was presented, and greeting messages forwarded from ISECN chair (Hope) and secretary (Torill).

 

Ad 3.

Lauren Cordwell is undertaking the project of drafting an electronic brochure presenting ISECN. As Lauren was not able to join in the phone conference today, Hope Corbin introduced the project, asking for volunteers to join in the work. Nastaran Keshavarz can help with translation into Farsi. It was suggested that Lauren contacts Calvin de los Reyes, our representative in North West Pacific, as he has already drafted an electronic brochure for the Japanese audience.

 

Ad 4.

Calvin de los Reyes was not able to join us today, so we will wait for an update at a later occasion.

 

Ad 5.

Pius Attandoh gave a brief report from the Africa work. He is currently working from Norway for a period of time, but has still managed to make contacts at some universities and will work to try to get ISECN into regional committees. Pius is also working with mapping resources for Health Promotion in Africa as a part of his Master?s thesis.

 


Ad 6.

Torill Bull reported on the work of the ISECN working group on Ethics. The work is proceeding well, and at a satisfactory speed considering the busy schedules of the people involved. In the near future, a short communication will be submitted to Promotion & Education. Also, a scientifically sound, mixed methods study will be undertaken, including qualitative interviews with a smaller group of hp professionals, and a quantitative survey of a larger hp audience. The Ethics work within IUHPE will also be presented by Torill in a keynote presentation at the European Conference in Turin in September.

 

Ad 7.

Nastaran Keshavarz reported on the processes of the new Working group on Ethics and Diversity, of which she is the leader. Gabrielle Holmefjord (Norway) is co-coordinator. The working group has established a blog at http://www.hpequitydiversity.blogspot.com/. All members can join in the discussions going on in the blog, and we recommend that you visit it! In the conference, it is expressed that equity in capacity building and publishing opportunities are of the ignored aspects. 

 

Ad 8.

ISECN will be presented in a poster at the Turin conference in September. Content of the poster will be decided on through email exchanges (suggestions are welcome, use the mailing list to suggest). ISECN will also be presented in Torill?s ethics keynote at the conference, and in Hope?s participation in the round table discussion on the past and future of health promotion (see Ad 10, below).

 

Ad 9.

Hope Corbin informed about the future strategy for ISECN membership. Due to IUHPE rules, and the justification of ISECN as a tool for organising a special sector of IUHPE members, membership in IUHPE is an absolute necessity to be a full ISECN member. We do recognize ethical problems in this, however, as there are not equal opportunities as to whether one can afford IUHPE membership. Also, practical obstacles to joining are unequally distributed. 

  • We suggest that we keep advocating for more equitable opportunities for membership in various ways. We will investigate various possibilities for group membership.
  • We also establish a partnership approach to membership, where groups may be close partners in discussions and work without full membership. 
  • We need to check how organisations can become members of IUHPE, and how the fees would be calculated.
  • From 2009, ISECN lists will be checked against IUHPE membership lists. We absolutely recommend that all who can, join. We are happy to receive suggestions for how to increase equity within the formal restrictions we need to comply with!

 

Ad 10.

Hope Corbin is to participate in a round table plenary discussion at the European conference in Turin in September, with the theme of the past and future of health promotion. She wishes to make sure she reflects the opinions of ISECN in doing this. Due to time scarcity, this was not discussed today. The theme will be discussed in a new Skype conference in late August.

 

 

MINUTES FROM ISECN SKYPE CONFERENCE DEC 19 2007

On Dec 19 2007 all ISECN members were invited to join in an online telephone conference hosted by Skype. After some technical challenges, we managed to meet together from Seattle on the East Coast of USA, through Europe, all the way to Australia. Just choosing the proper hour to meet was a challenge ? but not too great! This time, we managed to gather 8 participants for the conference. Some lost out due to technical problems. Still, we are learning in the process, and next time we hope to welcome even more people into the communication!

 

Participants:

Hope Corbin, Global Chair, Seattle/USA

Torill Bull, Global Secretary, Bergen/Norway

Nastaran Keshavarz, Regional Contact for the Middle East, Iran, currently in Sydney/Australia

Lauren Cordwell, Regional Contact for South West Pacific, Melbourne/Australia

Pius Attandoh, Regional Contact for Africa, Ghana, currently in Bergen /Norway

Lina Toleikyte, Regional Contact for Europe, Manchester/UK

Kristin Häfner, Magdeburg/Germany

Gabrielle Holmefjord, Bergen/Norway

 

Minutes by: Torill Bull

 

Provisional agenda for the conference:

  • Accept the provisional agenda
  • Kristin Häfner presents on the communication working group findings
  • Lauren Cordwell presents on the meeting of the IUHPE South West Pacific Region
  • Calvin de los Reyes shares his experience presenting ISECN with a poster at the Osaka International Health Conference in October
  • Torill Bull presents on the intended role of ISECN members as stream managers in the new IUHPE online forum Views of Health Promotion Online (VHPO)
  • Hope Corbin presents on establishing an ISECN working group for drafting a Code of Ethics for health promotion
  • Discussion of website
  • Discussion of strategies for liaising with the IUHPE office and Board
  • Discussion of initiatives for the Turin 2008 conference in September
  • Discussion of membership dues
  • Discussion of how to raise the profile of ISECN around the world
  • Discussion of future conference dates
  • Opportunity to discuss open issues

Ad 1.

Minutes were accepted without comments

 

Ad 2.

Kristin Häfner presented the results of the findings from the communications working group, looking into means of providing equal access to ISECN communication for members in developing countries, where internet access may be problematic. Her findings are reported at the communications working group blog: www.iuhpecom.blogspot.com. The following points summarize the presentation and discussion:

  • Internet access is improving even in impoverished areas
  • One option is to distribute bulletins focusing on activities in the various regions
    • Postal distribution would be too costly
    • We could e-mail bulletins, but this does not overcome the internet access problem.
    • Promotion & Education would be an excellent arena for the bulletins, as P&E is fully distributed to IUHPE members.
  • SMS could be a means of spreading information in some areas
  • Local conferences may be important arenas
    • There is a conference coming up in Ghana May 8-13 2008: Third International Conference on ICT-Development, Education and Training (http://www.elearning-africa.com/ )
      • We should try to promote ISECN at this conference, possibly by trying to find young IUHPE members in Ghana who could attend and present.
    • Our regional contact for Africa, Pius Attandoh, has contacts within Ghana Information and Knowledge Sharing Network (GINKS) http://www.ginks.org/. He will look into how we can work together with this group regarding the ICT conference
  • Follow-up actions ad 2:
    • Look into the possibilities for a (quarterly?) distribution of ISECN news in Promotion & Education
    • Find members in Ghana to promote ISECN at the conference in May
    • Get in touch with GINKS to look into possibilities for cooperation.

 

Ad 3.

Lauren Cordwell, regional contact for South West Pacific, presented on the recent ISECN activities in the region. 

  • ISECN is receiving support from the IUHPE structure in the region.
  • Two early career professionals, James Smith and Lauren Cordwell have been invited to join the South West Pacific Regional Committee as student and early career members. 
  • Lauren Cordwell and James Smith participated in a recent teleconference of the IUHPE South West Pacific region.
  • Lauren Cordwell has developed a draft for a Work Plan for ISECN regionally, based on ISECN mission, goals and objectives. When finished, this Work Plan will be shared with other ISECN globally to inspire the development of similar documents in other regions.
  • A current strategy for ISECN in South West Pacific is to build links to other nations in the region, as most of the activity is presently centred in Australia.
  • An abstract has been submitted to host an IUHPE student and early career professionals breakfast at the 2008 Population Health Conference in Brisbane
  • Follow-up actions ad 3:
  • Distribution of the South West Pacific Work Plan as an inspiration for other regions.

 

 

Ad 4.

Calvin de los Reyes was not able to participate in the present conference, so we will seek another venue for learning from his experience of presenting ISECN with a conference poster.

 

Ad 5.

Torill Bull presented on the new role of ISECN members as ?stream managers? in Views of Health Promotion Online (VHPO). As VHPO is a project in the early stages of development, the following must only be seen as a provisional plan:

  • The IUHPE Executive committee has approved a change of the IUHPE online journal RHP&EO. It will become a new online discussion arena: VHPO. 
  • VHPO is meant to be an arena for discussions of health promotion topics. 
  • Topics may be nominated by anybody, but a final selection of topics for discussion online is a strategic decision which will be made by an elected IUHPE representative, in this case Maurice B.Mittelmark, Vice President for Communication.
  • Once selected, a topic will represent a ?stream? of discussion online. Up till five topics may be discussed in parallel streams.
  • A website will be created (by professionals). An introduction to each theme will encourage discussion, and visitors may write and submit entries of up to 500 words directly on the site.
  • Each stream will run in the IUHPE language in which it was initiated (French, Spanish or English)
  • Each stream will have a manager overseeing the discussion. ISECN has been asked to provide stream managers, and we have accepted. Stream managers will
    • Oversee the stream, deleting improper entries.
    • Make an evaluation of when the stream activity subsides, and in a joint decision with Maurice B. Mittelmark close the stream
    • Write a report summarizing the stream content
      • The reports will be presented to the Board of Trustees, keeping the BoT informed on the membership?s view of current issues
      • The reports will be published in Promotion & Education
  • Some examples of what will be gained:
    • For IUHPE in general:
      • Improved bottom-up communication
      • Broader base for decision-making
      • Active debate on current issues
    • For ISECN stream managers:
      • Learning
      • Career-building
      • Publication
      • - and a valuable contribution to the field
  • More detailed guidelines will be developed
  • Idea from Nastaran Keshavarz:
    • Instead of one manager for each stream, we should have a team of two managers: one from a developing country, and one from a developed country. In the process of authoring a report together, capacity would be built for professionals in developing countries, overcoming barriers to publishing. This approach has been tried with success in other arenas.
    • The idea was supported in the conference, as it is highly compatible with IUHPE goals and strategies.
  • Follow-up actions ad 5:
  • Encourage all ISECN members to consider whether they should contribute as stream managers
  • Create a ?pool? of potential stream managers, ensuring language.
  • Suggest to Maurice Mittelmark that stream managers from developed and developing countries share the role of managing each stream.

 

Ad 6.

Hope Corbin presented on establishing working groups for drafting a health promotion Code of Ethics.

  • Following a recent paper on hp ethics, published by Maurice B.Mittelmark, the development of a code of ethics for health promotion seems to be a natural next step
  • ISECN wishes to contribute to the field by starting the work of drafting a code of ethics.
  • The draft may next be presented to more ?seasoned? actors in the field for refining.
  • Members interested in this project are asked to volunteer for working groups within Jan 15 2008, to [email protected]
  • Those interested may also have an electronic version of Mittelmark?s ethics paper by sending a request to Hope Corbin at the above email address.
  • Follow-up actions ad 6:
  • Send an invitation by the ISECN mailing list to invite members to join a working group.

 

Ad 7.

Discussion of website: This point of the agenda was treated quite briefly due to time shortage. Members expressed content with the website, and all are encouraged to promote it in their surroundings.

 

Ad 8.

Discussion of strategies for liaising with the IUHPE office and Board

  • The discussion of this point focussed on making contact with the regional IUHPE representatives.
  • ISECN South West Pacific region has been active in seeking contact with the regional committee. Other regions are encouraged to do the same. 
  • Within regions, the ISECN and IUHPE regional contacts may work out the best ways of communicating.
  • Follow-up actions ad 8:
  • Torill Bull distributes contact information for IUHPE regional officers to the ISECN regional contacts
  • ISECN regional contacts get in touch with IUHPE representatives to develop communication.

 

 

Ad 9.

Discussion of initiatives for the Turin 2008 conference in September

  • We wish to present ISECN both formally and informally.
    • An abstract should be submitted
    • We should arrange a venue for ISECN members to meet during the conference.
  • Follow-up actions ad 9:
  • Regional contact for Europe looks at options for submitting an abstract for the conference.

Ad 10.

Discussion of membership dues. This issue is important, but we did not have the time to treat it this time. We will continue the discussion.

 

Ad 11.

Discussion of how to raise the profile of ISECN around the world.

  • ISECN will build its profile most efficiently by contributing wherever we can
  • ISECN members should be on the lookout for possibilities for contributing within the field of health promotion
    • Drafting a code of ethics is one example
      • Members may do research and publish on the theme of ethics
    • Participating as stream managers is another
    • Resolutions from the General Assembly may be studied to find areas in which work needs to be done.
  • We could use IUHPE student membership lists actively to inform about and engage in ISECN
  • We could have a poster (one is already developed) with which members may present ISECN at conferences.

There was no time for the remaining part of the agenda

 

 

Conclusions

We apologize to all who tried to join the conference without succeeding due to technical problems. Next time we hope to provide a solution that enables even more of you to take part! Those of us who did participate had a very inspiring and useful conversation. We will proceed to follow up on the issues. All of you are most welcome to send your comments to us by the mailing list, or by e-mail (see isecn.org on the ?Regions? page)

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS WORKING GROUP REPORT SEPTEMBER 12 2007

After the Vancouver symposium, a communications working group was established based on volunteers from the symposium. This group has 3 active members. If anybody wishes to join, they are welcome to do so (send a mail to [email protected])

Objectives
The task of this group is to prepare communication tools for ISECN. The system of communication must be in concordance with the basic goals and values of ISECN and IUHPE. It is important that the communication system provides for linguistic equity and for regional equity. Also, the system should allow for health promoters from developing and remote areas with poor computer accessibility to have as efficient communication with the network as possible. It should provide a forum for interaction and exchange.

Actions taken after Vancouver
A mailing list has been established with the addresses of those present at the symposium. (The list longs to grow ? those interested in joining can send a mail to [email protected])
 

A blog has been established at the address http://iuhpecom.blogspot.com/. We invite all to share comments at this blog, where we will post updates from our work. This is a good place to share your wishes and ideas concerning communication within the network!

The working group has been brainstorming and sharing ideas, and has recently distributed tasks for the ongoing development of a communication system.

Tasks at hand in the nearest future

  • Construct a test website for experimenting with good tools like blogs, forums, chatting rooms, databases etc. On this site we will also test the use of machine translation software to see if this can be of help in some parts of the linguistic equity work.
  • To gather information from existing networks about which communication tools have been found most helpful in their experience.
  • To contact health promoters working in remote areas to collect ideas and wishes as to how we can best include them and give them as good access to the network as possible.
  • To get accept for having regular newsletters in P&E, possibly in the networking section. This as a means of equitable access, as all IUHPE members receive the P&E.

 

MINUTES FROM THE FIRST MEETING OF THE STUDENT AND EARLY CAREER COMMUNITY

Vancouver, June 13th
Attendants: 50
Chair: Hope J. Corbin

1. Meeting was opened
by chair Hope Corbin from the University of Bergen, Norway.
Agenda was set. 
Lists were passed around collecting e-mail addresses from those present
Inputs from audience was encouraged

2. Presentations :
?Strengthening the voice of young professionals and students: Victorian Youth Health Promotion Network?. Presentation by Lauren Cordwell, Kerryn Lewis, Elisha Riggs.

?Experience with establishing a network among health promotion students in Norway?. Presentation by Torill Bull.

Kristin Haefner presented the German professional network for health promoters ? further information on http://www.gesundheitswirte.de/

?Using HP-Source.net to map master?s level training opportunities in health promotion?. Presentation by Claudia König.

3. Hope Corbin gave a presentation of the mission, goals and objectives of the student and early career community. It was decided to distribute the document widely before voting over it, to give people a fair chance of studying the details. A voting will be arranged at a later date, possibly at the 2010 World Conference in Hong Kong.

4. Hope Corbin presented plans and ideas for a website for the new network. We have been given a page on the IUHPE domain. Plans are to use this page mainly as a portal containing links to various sub-sites or blogs. This will open opportunities for blogs by region, by topic etc. A working group was established for further development of ideas and tools.
The communication working group has the following members:
Torill Bull                     
Nemanja Tenjovic       
Lina Toleikyte             
Heather L.Gainforth     
Kristin Haefner            

5. Discussion was opened.

Structure of the network. The idea of regional contacts was generally accepted. We should have contacts for all the regions of the IUHPE. These contacts should be ?topped? by a coordinator. It was decided to accept volunteers at the present stage of development. A formal election will be conducted by the next World Conference in Hong Kong 2010. At present, we have several volunteers for most regions ? there is still need for one or several volunteers from Latin America/South America. Names of volunteers will be presented later.

Name of the network. It was decided to change the name of the network. There was a general consent that the word ?young? does not describe the group we want to reach. Our goal is rather to be of service of those new to the field. The options ?early? and ?new? were discussed. Also, the word ?professionals? does not include all groups of practitioners. A discussion arose as to who we aim to include: are we an academic group only? There was wide agreement that we mean to be a tool for researchers and practitioners alike, encouraging communication and cooperation between groups. This was in harmony with needs expressed at the conference. Wishes were expressed for a name giving a good acronym, and for a striking name. No name was agreed upon in the meeting. (In proceeding later in the day, when the resolutions for the General Assembly were drafted (see below), there was a need for a name for that purpose. The choice fell on ?Student and early career community?.)

Network representation on the Board of Trustees. There was wide agreement that being represented on the Board of Trustees was to be wished for. The student group is the fastest growing membership category of the IUHPE, and students and early career members represent the future of the organisation. We have valuable inputs in the form of fresh perspectives and energy. On the logic of equity, participation and empowerment, it was decided that we should put forward a resolution in the General Assembly on the following day, asking to be granted participation in the Board of Trustees.

Acceptance of student representatives at the regional level. It was decided to put forward a resolution in the General Assembly asking for recognition of the student representatives at the regional levels of the IUHPE. These representatives should communicate with the regional directors of the IUHPE.

The need for equity in the network. It was decided to give proper thought to equal participation in the network. The use of high technology communication tools may represent a problem for equity. One option is to make use of the membership journal ?Promotion and Education?, which is distributed to all members. The communication group will give special attention to this issue, and all are encouraged to share ideas for equal opportunities of participation.
An initiative from the audience was introduced. This will be presented in full detail in a separate post in this blog.

6. Other initiatives from the audience:
-
Does one have to be an IUHPE member to participate in this network? (Yes, the network is defined a tool for a special membership category within the IUHPE, but we will link to other networks and organisations, and of course the website is open to all. If we can be of service to the wider health promotion community, that is a good thing).

-It is good that this is a worldwide network with representation from all across the world ? we hear far to much of Europe.

-Student representation in the Board of Trustees is long overdue!

-What is the role of the regional contacts? (To provide communication between central network/central IUHPE and the region. To communicate with the regional director of the IUHPE).

-What can the network do for young practitioners? (Exchange of communication, discussion, ask for advice, topic blogs, job exchange, internships...).

-There should be more efforts made to globally promote health promotion ? to get jobs labelled for us.

-The IUHPE should expand staff with one person to promote health promotion into work places.

-Other occupations have website announcements of jobs ? the IUHPE should have so.

-The IUHPE website might become an important resource for employers seeking staff.

-The IUHPE ought to support a student representative economically.

-There is a lack of dialogue between practitioners and academics. Encourage dialogue! The IUHPE is to heavy on the academic side. Dialogue brings ideas and new development.
We should emphasise bridging various groups.

-A representative from Global Forum for Health Research encouraged us to participate in their essay competitions for students and young professionals. Information may be found at:
 http://www.globalforumhealth.org/Site/000__Home.php

7. Meeting was closed after a registration of volunteers for regional contacts and communication working group.

Minutes by Torill Bull,

 

TELECONFERENCING

Dear All,

I just wanted to share with you an exciting new means of communication and connection for ISECN. Teleconferences!

Last Wednesday, five of us (myself, Torill Bull (Communciations/Europe), Calvin de los Reyes (Asia), Pius Attandoh (Africa), and Lauren Cordwell (Oceania)) piloted the idea. We took some time to reflect on Vancouver. We made plans to follow-up with the IUHPE about our General Assembly Resolutions. We talked about a poster that Calvin and Torill have been working on a poster that we may all have access to for presenting our Network at conferences. We also discussed the work of the Communication Working Group, headed up by Torill. Please see the attached summary (remark: posted below on this website) to track the fantastic progress there.

We also discussed having a regular quarterly schedule of teleconferences. We were just testing the waters this last time but it seems SKYPE as the ability to conference many more people! The next teleconference will be sometime in December. If you are interested in joining the conversation, just drop me a note with your SKYPE username! For those of you who can not join, for whatever reason, we will send out more precise minutes in the future.

Thanks! Hope

 

 

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