Innovators Convene in Salzburg to Improve Children’s Health and Well-Being

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Dec 06, 2018
by Oscar Tollast
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Innovators Convene in Salzburg to Improve Children’s Health and Well-Being

Participants from around the world to engage in five-day program at Schloss Leopoldskron Photo from Robert Collins on Unsplash

Innovators from across the world – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Ecuador, India, the Netherlands, Nepal, South Africa, Rwanda, the UK, and the US – are being brought together by Salzburg Global Seminar and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to consider new ways to create healthy environments for children.

Healthy Children, Healthy Weight is a five-day program which will take place at Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria, bringing together experts from 15 countries.

Starting on Monday, December 10, participants will prioritize opportunities for cross-border sharing and learning. They will build new insights and aggregate experiences from relevant sectors, areas of expertise, and regions.

As the program continues, participants will break off into working groups and prepare recommendations for action. Participants will present their ideas on the final day of the program.

This program falls under Salzburg Global’s multi-year series, Health and Health Care Innovation. This series aims to crystalize new approaches to global health and health care in the face of emerging challenges affecting us now and those which are set to continue through future generations.

During next week’s program, participants will consider several key questions:

  • What specific innovations, policies, and practices around the world have successfully developed new approaches and achieved better, more equitable outcomes for children's physical, social, and emotional health?
  • What are the drivers of a strong sense of collective responsibility for the health and well-being of all children and their families, and of a commitment to equity with respect to economic, ethnic and/or migrant status?
  • What points of intervention can most effectively disrupt the cycle of marginalization and poor health affecting some children and families?
  • How can schools and educational policy-makers take action to improve child well-being in schools in resource-efficient ways, aligned with the growing emphasis in schools on social and emotional learning and 'whole child' policies?
  • Which innovations in the use of social media and peer group initiatives best support child health and wellbeing and help establish a shared value for all children?

By the end of the program, participants will have discovered new approaches and ideas for cross-border exchange. They will be encouraged to develop ongoing collaboration and find ways to build on their recommendations for supporting children’s health and well-being.

John Lotherington, the program director at Salzburg Global Seminar responsible for health and health care programs, said, “Children are a core concern across many of our programs at Salzburg – the child in the city, the promotion of play, social and emotional learning, as well as health and wellbeing. It’s through cross-border learning, sparking new collaboration and mobilizing change at diverse key points in systems that we can help children, and particularly those who are at the moment marginalized, get the most out of life."


The program Healthy Children, Healthy Weight s part of Salzburg Global's mutli-year series Health and Health Care Innovation. This year’s program is being held in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.