The INPES Health Promotion Chair at the EHESP is a joint project between the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (EHESP – School of Public Health) and the Institut National de Prévention et d’Education pour la Santé (INPES – National Health Promotion and Education Institute) which began working together on 1 September 2010.
INPES is financing the activities of the Chair for a 4 year period to help the EHESP in its endeavour to set the standard as the leader in health promotion research and education, both for students at the EHESP and for health professionals in the field, in France and, more generally, in French-speaking countries .
The Chair, held by Professor Eric Breton, assisted by Anne Le Fustec and research engineer, Marion Porcherie, is attached to the EHESP’s Department of human and social sciences and health behaviour, Director Jean-Marie André.
The Chair has the resources required to achieve its ambitions, with leading edge expertise at the EHESP, as well as in France and more generally in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and close relationships with practitioners. It will be able to make a unique contribution as it is guided by a vision and principles which set it apart, the work of its Professor being part of a network of contacts, both national and international.
To provide a clear definition of the subjects that might be treated by the holder of the Chair and associated organisations, the selection and formulation of research projects will be governed by a series of principles and preferences set out in detail elsewhere. These are that:
1. Questions related to the quality and characteristics of the living conditions should have priority
2. No significant increase in health is possible without the use of state powers
3. Beyond diagnosis … it is now time to provide solutions and study their deployment
4. Practitioners are the main sources of innovation
5. Health promotion requires epistemology which must divest itself of postpositivism and look resolutely towards methodological pluralism
6. The practice of health promotion which has the effect of substantially increasing social health inequalities cannot be considered a success regardless of the resulting improvement in health
The INPES Health Promotion Chair at the EHESP intends to deploy a research programme with 3 main axes:
- Professional health promotion practice
- Health promoting environments
- The process of change in government policies at local and regional level
To these research axes must be added an across the board interest in the primordial question of social health inequalities. No research project will be undertaken unless its protocol includes the question of inequality. The research programme is based on the contributions from researchers at the EHESP in collaboration with scientists from other research institutions in France, Europe and elsewhere in the world. The Chair welcomes visiting professors who will boost its scientific capacity.
The INPES Health Promotion Chair at the EHESP also intends to be a place for training and discussion for current and future practitioners. These aims are threefold:
- Contribute towards training a new generation of practitioners aware of health inequalities equipped with the means to take action on the determining factors of the health of the population
- Highlight and encourage the adoption of innovative health promotion practices in France
- Contribute towards the development of an approach and professional identity specific to health promotion in France.
These targets will be achieved by setting up a certain number of initiatives such as:
- Setting up courses for the Public Health Master and PhD
- Supervising students taking Masters and PhD
- Welcoming visiting professors and post doctoral students
- Setting up training workshops for public health practitioners
- Organising special events on subjects of major interest
- Setting up pages on this website to provide information and links to various resources.
The INPES Health Promotion Chair at the EHESP meets a need expressed by practitioners for a centre for research, education and discussion on health promotion actions, in particular the social factors of health.
Improving ability to act on social and environmental determinants, so as to reduce health inequalities in the face of cancer: intervention research in the Redon region.
Seminars for Research and Sharing of Practice
Seminar:“Binge drinking” local strategies and evaluation for action
EHESP, Rennes – 30th November 2010
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INPES Chair, inaugural lesson: “Promoting Health” EHESP
EHESP, Rennes – 13th December 2010
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Mobilizing and acting on social networks to promote the health of populations
Speaker: Pr. Thomas W Valente, University of California
Reid Hall, Paris – 5 April 2011
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The ecological approach in action:examples of health prevention and promotion actions for the elderly
Speakers: Lucie Richard and Lucette Barthélémy
EHESP, Rennes – 18th May 2011
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Study day on Health Research and Promotion
Organised in partnership with the Maison des sciences de l’homme de Bretagne (MSHB) and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) within the context of the 1st meeting of the INPES “Health Promotion” chair Scientific Committee at the EHESP
EHESP, Rennes – 7th December 2011
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Ethics, Inequalities and Health promotion
Speaker: Peter Duncan
EHESP, Rennes – 19th April 2012
Interactive seminar : “L’action sur les déterminants sociaux de la santé :
réflexions européennes et stratégies pour la France”
4th and 5th June 2012, Paris, Espace BSA
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Access Sylvie Stachenko‘s presentation
Access Knut-Inge Klepp’s presentation (1)
Access Knut-Inge Klepp’s presentation (2)
Access Ricard Tresserras’s presentation
Access Annie-Claude Marchand’s presentation
Accéss Gauden Galea‘s presentation
Access Gérard Coruble’s presentation
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Interactive seminar : “What public health model for the future ?
The contribution of foreign experiences”
13th December 2012, Paris, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
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Access Elisabeth Fosse’s presentation
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22nd ETC-PHHP Summer School 2013
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Professor and Chair’s Titular
|Anne Le Fustec
Research Engineer, scientific coordination
Thomas W Valente
Professor visitor at EHESP
Professor at Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine,
University of Southern California.
Professor visitor at EHESP,
Adjunct Professor Maternal and Child Health and International Health
School of Public Health
University of California at Berkeley
The INPES “Health Promotion” chair scientific committee at the EHESP is made up of French and foreign experts from the academic and institutional milieu. It is chaired by the Director of the EHESP, Mr Antoine Flahault, and vice-chaired by Pr. Fred Paccaud, of the Institut Universitaire de Médecine Sociale et Préventive de Lausanne (IUMSP-Lausanne).
The Committee is charged with pronouncing on the Chair’s research orientations and activities.
It meets twice a year, and will be charged with the examination and validation of the scientific content of the programme formulated by the Chairholder. Its members will also contribute to increasing visibility of diverse activities, and this, at both French and European levels.
The 1st meeting of the Scientific Committee was held on 7th December 2011.
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The 3rd meeting of the Scientific Committee was held on 12th December 2012.
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