Subject: European Health Policy Group 2018 Rotterdam meeting

Dear all,

The next meeting of the European Health Policy Group will take place at the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM), Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands on April 19th and 20th 2018. This seminar is hosted by Roland Bal and Iris Wallenburg of ESHPM together with Marleen Bekker (University of Maastricht / EUPHA) and Lianne Visser and Jan-Kees Helderman (Radboud University / GAINS). This EHPG meeting is sponsored and supported by ESHPM, the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Research Group Governance and Innovation in Social Services (GAINS) from the Radboud University.

Introducing the theme

We invite authors to submit papers that deal with the broad theme “Bringing public health, social care and urbanity back in – health governance beyond policy subsystems.” With this theme, we aim to reflect on current attempts to re-align public health (policies) with social care, health care and urban planning.

In a context of rapidly changing societal and economic circumstances, the post-war welfare state solution for dealing with health risks no longer is an effective guarantor of social inclusion and urbanity. What today’s new social risks have in common is that they tend to be concentrated around the same group of individuals, older people in need of other types of care, younger people and families with small children, women in employment and immigrants. These new social risks, moreover, tend to overlap and cluster; resulting in an accumulation of disadvantages for specific groups, and eventually, the social exclusion for those citizens belonging to these new social risk categories. The concentration of social needs and risks therefore also adds an important spatial or geographical dimension to this challenge, since many of the new social risk groups are concentrated in underperforming neighborhoods. Marked by low incomes, high unemployment rates, and a low socio-economic health status, these places often have badly performing schools, and few jobs matching the skill of their residents. In metropolitan urban areas, moreover, social services have to be expanded and re-orientated due to a changing and more multi-cultural and heterogeneous population. These newly emerging urban interdependencies entail on their turn new demands for the diversification and coordination of social services, cutting across and blurring the traditional sectoral and spatial boundaries of social services and social policy regimes.

This opens up a challenging multi-disciplinary health research agenda, in particular about how (local) governments, health policy-makers, health and social service providers and other stakeholders adapt to these changing social risks and needs of citizens. We invite authors to submit conceptual and empirical research papers about these attempts to reunite public health and social care and to reflect on this in relation to newly emerging conceptions of ‘urbanity’, ‘social justice’, ‘inclusiveness’ and the ‘governance’ thereof.

Guidelines for abstracts and papers

Papers should not have been published already and authors are expected to submit a full paper (but work in progress) for discussion. If you are planning to submit an abstract (as we hope you will) please send the abstract to Jan-Kees Helderman (j.helderman@fm.ru.nl<mailto:j.helderman@fm.ru.nl>). The deadline for abstracts is Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE). Authors will be notified of whether or not they have been successful by Thursday, January 11, 2018. The deadline for full papers is Friday, April 6, 2018.


Very best wishes

The organising – hosting – committee:
Roland Bal, Iris Wallenburg, Marleen Bekker, Lianne Visser and Jan-Kees Helderman

The EHPG coordinating committee:
Sarah Gregory, Zeynep Or, Stefanie Ettelt and Jan-Kees Helderman
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