Dear Alettas,

Before everyone heads into the summer we would like to bring you up-to-date with our latest news!

Public Health Accelerator

The new website of the Public Health Accelerator (PreventieVersneller) will be launched this month. If you want to learn more about how the Public Health Accelerator works, check-out the explanatory video above. 

In the coming weeks, the Public Health Accelerator (PHA) also launches an incentive for existing small scale prevention initiatives which are looking to increase their impact and help as many people as possible. The best initiative wins a PHA guidance package in the societal value of €25.000! More information about the award will follow soon on the PHA website, so stay tuned!
More information about the Public Health Accelerator

New committee Aletta's Talent Network

Aletta has welcomed new board members in The Aletta Talent Network. The new chair, Jelle Brouwer has taken over the baton from Amélie de la Roi. 

Aletta's Talent Network

Discussion boards to support the teaching of food skills in primary education

The Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health has started a collaboration with the Instituut voor natuureducatie en duurzaamheid (Institute for Nature Education and Sustainability), Zorg Innovatie Forum (Care Innovation Forum) and Drenthe Gezond (Drenthe Healthy) with the aim of creating three discussion boards about nutrition for the the first years of primary education. 

Food scientist Louise Dekker will lead this project and Ruth Koops van 't Jagt is also on board as Aletta's storyteller. 
More information

NEW program for PhD students: 'Innovating Public Health'

Navigating complex challenges and designing sustainable solutions 
In this new program multidisciplinary teams of PhD students will work together to solve current, real-life urgent public health challenges. The approach of the program is ‘learning by doing’. Students will work on a number of societal challenges, proposed by societal partners of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health (our ‘clients’); various (healthcare) organisations. The program is now open for registration!

It is a 6 ECT program, running from early November 2020 till mid-June 2021.
More information

Publication Rathenau Institute

Involve citizens and discover all kinds of plumage in the corona crisis
According to the Rathenau Institute the debate on the corona crisis is still too one-sided. Medical thinking and technological solutions dominate in the Netherlands, Belgium and Europe. It is high time to involve citizens and scientists from all walks of life in the discussion.

This article was written by journalist Tomas Vanheste.
Read the article

Covid-19 and the need for better historical lessons

On June 4 one of our Aletta coordinators, Rina Knoeff, gave a webinar together with Catrien Santing (UG) and Beatrice de Graaf (UU), for LOTC (Landelijk Operationeel Team Corona, the operational team behind the RIVM and the OMT).

An important aspect of these responses is that epidemics, perhaps unlike any other natural disaster, lay bare social (and health) inequalities and injustices and almost always lead to social unrest (it is no coincidence that #blacklivesmatter has come up as an important issue now). An important lesson is that in making COVID-19 policies, and in our thinking about exit strategies, we should not only pay attention to regional differences, but more importantly we should take into account that socio-economic differences ask for different approaches on the very local level of communities and neighbourhoods.

The webinar was attended by ca. 150 mayors, councillors and delegates from the security regions (‘veiligheidsregio’s’). After the webinar the mayors of 15 Dutch cities have written a manifest demanding action on precisely the issues addressed in the webinar.
Rina Knoeff her lecture starts at 11:15. 

Healthy & sustainable regional planning

For the magazine Noorderbreedte the urban planning historian and Aletta's Managing Director Frederic van Kleef wrote an essay about a new, healthy and sustainable perspective for the spatial planning of the province of Groningen. You can read it here (in Dutch)
Read the essay (Dutch)


Online conference - Creating active communities

Stimulating a Healthy Lifestyle on a community scale is one of the biggest challenges for Europe, but a very complex task. During this conference experiences and results from the Erasmus+ project Communities of Practice for Healthy Lifestyle (COP4HL) will be shared together with other recent insights

Who is this for?
Professionals from (higher) education, public and private sectors, working together with local communities to create active lifestyles.

More information
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