Dear Alettas,

The summer is over and we are very excited about the new academic year. During the summer we did not sit still and were a part of Noorderzon, prepared our next Research Meet-up and started our search for the new Aletta Managing Director.

In this newsletter, we bring you up-to-date with our latest news!
We are looking for a passionate and resolute Managing Director, who will lead the Aletta team. As Managing Director you will be responsible, together with our Scientific Director, to carry out and realise our goal: 'more healthy years'. 

You can apply for the position until 24 September. For more information and to apply click on the button below.
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We look forward to Tuesday 6 November 2018 – the third Aletta Research Meet-up with keynote speakers, workshops, and seminars.

Join us to deepen your knowledge of the topics health inequality and work and health, share ideas on these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective and meet with potential partners.


Scott Burris is Professor of Law and Public Health at Temple University, where he directs the Center for Public Health Law Research. He will talk about how law influences public health and health behaviour. 
Ute Bültmann, Professor of Community and Occupational Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, UMCG/UG, will speak about work and health from a life course perspective. 
More information
Thought for action: Get the insight story with the Dynamic Health Map.
"Can you provide insight into the current health situation in my region?". "To what extent do our healthcare costs differ from similar areas?" and "We carry out various interventions to positively influence health, but are they effective?"

No week goes by or questions like these are asked to Aletta. Time to investigate how we can provide answers in an standardised way. This has led to the concept of the "Dynamic Health Map" which is currently under construction.

In the Dynamic Health Map we bring together a broad spectrum of health data which provide insights at both national and neighbourhood level. Not only to get a clear picture of what the problem is in a certain neighbourhood, but also to gain insight into which comparable region has already solved this problem. In addition, the Dynamic Health Map offers the possibility to follow changes over time, making it an ideal tool for monitoring effectiveness.

We see a lot of possibilities for the Dynamic Health Map but we would like to shape it further with partners. After all, our ambition is: Together for more healthy years. At this moment we are elaborating on the contours of the Dynamic Health Map and are working on a 1st "lab" version. Would you like to know more about the Dynamic Health Map or would you like to contribute to the realisation? Please contact us at:

Two grants for Aletta research projects

150.000 euro grant for interdisciplinary project on Healthy Living Labs

In cooperation with several relevant partners in the field, Aletta was awarded a ZonMw grant to develop a knowledge agenda on the relation between health and the physical environment. Despite the fact that there is much knowledge available on this subject, there currently is no strong connection between policy, research and environmental design. Through the use of Healthy Living Labs, this project will connect scientific knowledge with environmental design and policy, in order to make a positive impact on health, with Northeast Friesland as case study.
European grant to improve healthy ageing in Southeast Asia

The European Union has awarded a 4 million grant in order to enhance the prevention and control of chronic diseases in Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia. Because of it's interdisciplinary focus, this call is a great example of a project that fits perfectly with the ambitions of the Aletta Jacobs School. Read more about this call in our blog.

The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health at Noorderzon 2018

This year the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health was invited to host a session at the performing arts festival Noorderzon. Together with the UMCG and the Hanzehogeschool we prepared an hour full of presentations about dementia and obesity. 

The venue was packed with public health enthusiasts and in the presentations from Stefan Lechner, Arnout Siegelaar en Koert van Ittersum we learned about getting older in a happy and healthy way. 

Were you not able to be there this year? Do not worry, we are already making new plans for another Noorderzon session next year!
Scientifically proven: children who exercise in the classroom perform better."  

Esther Hartman, associate professor and researcher at the Center for Human Movement Sciences of the UMCG, researched the effects of exercise in the classroom. 

Read the blog

Meet our new communication colleagues!

Annette Dupree is Aletta

Meet Annette. She’s going to work on further positioning Aletta and developing the communication strategy. What’s Aletta’s story? And how can we bring it in an appealing way? What is the added value of Aletta? And how can we show that in the most convincing way? Annette will be working at Aletta two days a week. The other days she is working at de Hanzehogeschool Groningen as policy advisor for marketing and corporate communication. If you want to meet Annette in person and discuss about Aletta’s branding and communication, be welcome.
Josine Kremer is Aletta

Meet Josine. Josine will be responsible for our communication activities in order to increase the brand awareness and visibility of Aletta. Josine's work activities will involve writing newsletters, blogs, interviews and articles, developing and executing social media campaigns, event communication and organisation, and keeping our website up-to-date. Josine will be at Aletta three days a week, the other two days she works as communications officer at Healthwise. 
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