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October 2016
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Adopting a broader concept of health and well-being in the development of the Trentino health plan (2015–2025): a participatory process (2016)

Scaling up projects and initiatives for better health: from concepts to practice (2016)
RHN annual meeting 2016: reaching the Global Goals and leaving no one behind
On 22–23 September 2016, Lithuania hosted the 23rd annual meeting of the Regions for Health Network (RHN) at Raudondvaris Castle in Kaunas region. The meeting focused on how regions can implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmen with its central role of health in leaving no one behind.

New publication on scaling up projects and initiatives for better health
This new WHO publication presents useful tools, tips and recommendations to support the public health workforce in the different stages of developing and implementing a scaling-up strategy.

New publication on the participatory process used to develop the Trentino health plan
In December 2015, the Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy adopted a strategic health plan for 2015−2025, broadening the concept of health and well-being in the Province from being solely cure-related to encompassing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.
Bicycles Against Racism – Trento’s initiative for social inclusion
Bicycles Against Racism is an initiative to strengthen the relationship between local and foreign born citizens of Trento, Italy, and asylum seekers.

Investing in sustainable health and well-being in Wales
Prevention remains a priority in Wales, and we are already adopting many of the approaches advocated in this report.

Mindfulness at school: the Østfold’s pilot project
A small pilot project to include mindfulness classes in Kalnes upper secondary school in 2015 has expanded in the 2015/2016 school year to include more students and teachers. The project is part of Østfold County Council's (Norway) health-promoting schools initiative, one of its priority areas.

Summer School on using evidence to promote health equity and well-being
On 6–7 July 2016, Pomurje Region (Slovenia), a member of the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN), hosted a Summer School on advocacy and translation of evidence for different audiences on intersectoral action for health equity and well-being that brought together senior civil servants and public health experts from across the WHO European Region.

Wales hosts study visit on sustainable development approaches to health and equity
On 27–28 June 2016, Wales hosted a study visit that brought together 21 delegates from 16 countries and participants who shared ideas and practical approaches for linking the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and population health and well-being in strategic and operational contexts.

Environment and health for European cities in the 21st century
Urban, man-made environments have become the dominant environmental determinant of health and well-being. For the first time, a meeting bringing together representatives of cities and local authorities, intergovernmental organizations, agencies and Member States was convened by the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Bonn, Germany, on 27–28 June 2016.
Third High-level Meeting of Small Countries
On 11–12 October 2016, Monaco is hosting the Third High-level Meeting of Small Countries: the 8 Member States of the WHO European Region with a population of less than 1 million.

Tobacco cessation workshop 
17–21 October 2016, Moscow, Russian Federation
The purpose of the tobacco cessation workshop is to improve policy-makers’ knowledge, skills and experiences in strengthening national tobacco cessation and treatment systems in accordance with the guidelines for implementation of Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).  

Autumn School on health information and evidence for policy-making
24–29 October 2016, Bucharest, Romania 
The Autumn School on Health information and Evidence for Policy-making aims to improve national capacity in the use of relevant health information and generation of evidence to address country-specific questions and issues. The set of targets and indicators defined for Health 2020 receives a particular focus. 

Health in the criminal justice system annual conference
3–4 November 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark
WHO/Europe and Public Health England are jointly organizing an international conference and regional consultation on health in the criminal justice system. 

9th European Public Health Conference  (EPH)- All for Health – Health for All
9 - 12 November 2016
The European Public Health Conference Foundation, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Public Health are pleased to invite you to the 9th European Public Health Conference.

CIS training course on cancer registration methods and strengthening cancer registries
28 November - 2 December 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Quantifying the burden of cancer, as well as planning and evaluating cancer control measures, requires population-based cancer registries that are integral to the health system. WHO/Europe and the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer are organizing a training course for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to build professional capacity in establishing and maintaining high-quality cancer registries that can provide internationally comparable data

Oral health in the countries of eastern Europe and Central Asia: major priorities and targets for 2020 
24–25 November 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark
A meeting of chief dental officers will be held at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen on 24–25 November 2016 to discuss the main priorities and targets in oral health in the context of Health 2020.

High-level conference on working together for better health and well-being 
7–8 December 2016, Paris, France
The aim of the conference is to strengthen intersectoral cooperation between the health, education and social sectors in the WHO European Region, for better, more equal health and social outcomes for children and adolescents and their families. 
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