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EPHA 2017 Annual Conference

7 September 2017 • Renaissance Hotel, Brussels

7 september 2017 • Brussels

Enabling change for health: Breaking down barriers to action against chronic diseases

Chronic diseases represent 86% of mortality and 77% of the disease burden in Europe. EU member states spend 9-10% of GDP on healthcare. 80% of this spending goes towards the treatment of chronic diseases, amounting to around € 700 billion per year. Much of this is preventable.


Despite the existence of many well-evidenced health policy recommendations, too few of these have become a reality in Europe. This conference will focus on how to use new levers and different levels of power to unleash action to prevent chronic diseases and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.


Why you should attend

Conference Takeaways

  • Enrich your understanding of change to help evolve your organisation’s health promotion strategies
  • Get updated on major societal developments and their relevance for preventing chronic diseases
  • Debate how to set the agenda rather than follow it
  • Understand what action you can most effectively take today
  • Master the business case for including health considerations into private business models
  • Gain insight into the Commission’s and the EU Presidency’s upcoming health agenda

Conference Highlights

  • Discuss the role of commercial determinants in driving the chronic diseases epidemic
  • Discover the role of investors and fund managers in encouraging positive long-term change
  • See what mayors and regional initiatives can achieve for better health
  • Debate with inspiring political and societal leaders on how to achieve policy change
  • Reflect on how European cooperation can be improved for chronic diseases prevention
  • Network with other change-makers for health
BREAKFAST EVENT | How healthy will your future be?

08.00 – 09.00

Alternative scenarios for the evolution of chronic diseases in Europe towards 2030 & 2050

Presented by FRESHER project |Foresight and Modelling for European Health Policy and Regulation

Based on work undertaken in the multidisciplinary project FRESHER, this morning event will present emerging health scenarios linked to the evolution of NCDs in Europe at Horizon 2030/2050. Addressed at policy makers and the public health community at large, the session will contribute to policy formulation in the context of alternative futures with the aim of containing the burden of NCDs and its negative impacts on wellbeing of European citizens and societies as a whole.


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