25 July 2012

A major European public health summer course will be taking place at Glyndŵr University, Wrexham from 30 July until 10 August.

The European Training Consortium - Public Health and Health Promotion (ETC), in collaboration with Glyndŵr University, will welcome 26 participants from 10 different European countries (including two from Canada). Ten professors and leading academics in public health and health promotion will attend the 21st summer course entitled ‘Assets for Health’.

Asset-based approaches are concerned with identifying factors that support health and wellbeing.

The summer school is open to policy makers, practitioners, academics and voluntary sector workers interested in debating the theory and practice of assets based approach to health. 

Andrew Jones, executive director of public health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board said: "I welcome this year’s course being held in North Wales, it will give us an excellent opportunity to discuss key public health issues of importance with a range of different people from various backgrounds.

"We’ll gain a European perspective on improving health and wellbeing and share the opportunities and challenges we face in taking this agenda forward”

Dr Lynne Kennedy, reader in public health at Glyndŵr University and ETC tutor said: "Traditional medical and health care systems focus on disease and illness and . By contrast, asset models tend to accentuate positive ability, capability and capacity which promote the self-esteem of individuals and communities leading to less reliance on professional services.

“This is a unique opportunity for those people driving forward this agenda to debate the opportunities and challenges with international and national experts.”

Speakers include:

Mary Burrows, Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board,

Andrew Jones, Executive Director of Public Health Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Bengt Lindstrom, Professor of Salutogenisis, NTNU Trondheim, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Professor John Ashton, Director of Public Health for Cumbria

Dr Antony Morgan, Associate Director Centre for Public Health Excellence NICE and author of ‘Assets Based Approaches Health’

A limited number of remaining places are available for the symposium. Places for the symposium can be booked by e-mailing a.scard-jones@glyndwr.ac.uk.