Dear Alettas,

At the beginning of this month we enjoyed our third Aletta Research Meet-up! It was a great success and we are already looking forward to the next one, which is planned for 5 April 2019. Save the date!

In this newsletter, we bring you up-to-date with our latest news!
We have a vacancy for coordinator of the Prevention Portal (Dutch). As a coordinator you will be responsible for further developing the Prevention Portal and for supervising selected projects. You will be working closely with our Scientific Liaison Officer.

You can apply for the position until 28 November. For more information and to apply click on the button below.
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Aletta Research Meet-up

On Tuesday 6 November 2018 researchers and professionals interested in Public Health met again to focus on two facets of Public Health: Health Inequality and Life Course Perspectives in Public Health Research.

Besides two great keynotes by Scott Burris and Ute Bültmann it was a day filled with workshops, seminars and networking. Throughout the day a connection was made with international professionals and researchers from different fields. 

Do you want to get in touch with any of the people or speakers who participated in or contributed to the Research Meet-Up? Please feel free to contact us

Save the date for the next Research Meet-up on 5 April 2019. You can already sign up.

Click here for an overview of the day


"For UWV, the workshop generated very valuable insights. For example, we could offer our doctors and work experts extra education, and we could offer more support to people in their reintegration after the work incapacity evaluation. Also, there are opportunities to better involve the employer in the first two years of illness. We will take all input into account and use it in the process of writing a research proposal together with the department of public health at the UMCG, with whom we have had an academic workplace for years now."

Click here for the full testimonial of Henk Meines

Interactive meeting with Paul Blokhuis, State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sports

How do we all ensure more healthy years? At the UMCG and at the University of Groningen, many researchers, doctors and nurses have been working on the theme Healthy Ageing for almost 10 years. On Saturday 17 November, Jochen Mierau talked to Paul Blokhuis, State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport, about how the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health can contribute to prevention in health care. Mierau: "It was a great pleasure to discuss the future of prevention with the State Secretary. He was very interested and knowledgeable about the field and showed an intrinsic motivation in enhancing individuals' ability to gain more healthy years."

Blokhuis was impressed by the healthy ageing plans in Groningen: "I was all ears when listening to all the great plans they have in Groningen. They say nothing tops Groningen, and when it comes to preventive healthcare, then it is more than true."
The Prevention Agreement (Preventie Akkoord)
Read Aletta's response to the Prevention Agreement in our newest blog, written by Aletta's Scientific Director Jochen Mierau.

Mierau: "Integration of knowledge and practice is crucial for prevention. Only by learning, prevention can be improved every year".

The Aletta Atlas

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More healthy years is our ultimate goal.

Aletta Atlas combines and connects data to create the largest source for Public Health insights in the Northern Netherlands. Supporting cross-border, regional and local Public Health initiatives.

The Aletta Atlas is currently in development. Want to know more? Please contact us at  

Meet our new colleagues!

Frederic van Kleef is Aletta

Meet Frederic. He is the managing director of Aletta. Strategy, Communication, Business relations and Internationalisation are his key responsibilities. Frederic’s main focus is to match talented people and their organisations with Aletta's opportunities. His goal is to turn Aletta into the go-to network organisation for Public Health related questions and projects. Setting out a long term course, developing strategic alliances and create public support for out-of-the-box projects are his day to day activities. Frederic is full time Aletta.
Ruth Koops van 't Jagt is Aletta

Meet Ruth. As programme coordinator, Ruth is responsible for developing a knowledge agenda for the ZonMw funded project Healthy Living Lab, in which we explore how the design and quality of our living environment can contribute to our health. The Healthy Living Lab (HLL) aim to facilitate and accelerate the ever-closer union between policy, research and design, when it comes to a healthy living environment. Ruth will be working at Aletta two and a half days a week until January, after which she will be on maternity leave. The other days she is working as a freelance researcher, writer and trainer. Among other things, Ruth is giving workshops on Storytelling and is currently involved in developing and evaluating a digital picture book for the Groningen Burn Centre.
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