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Tackling Health Inequalities through Housing Investment

Quality housing for population health and equity: EU cross-sector collaboration

Brussels , 22 January 2013Save the date

22 January 2013- European Parliament, Brussels, room 5B01

The European Parliament URBAN Intergroup has the pleasure to invite you to a European Parliament seminar “Tackling Health Inequalities through Investing in Housing - Quality housing for population health and equity: EU cross-sector collaboration amidst health and social crises” organised in collaboration with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and with CECODHAS Housing Europe.

For far too long, housing and health have remained in fundamentally separate policy silos. The introduction of a ‘health in all policies’ approach has started to increase the impetus towards searching for win-win situations, for synergies between health and other areas – notably housing. Housing conditions affect people’s health. If these conditions are of poor quality, inadequate or unaffordable; or even simply speaking – unavailable per definition of being homeless, people’s health gets compromised and damaged beyond repair on a longer run.

The purpose of this seminar will be to bring issues of housing, poverty, inequalities, health and wellbeing in line, and to qualify the extent of the problem by bringing in speakers from EU and international institutions, as well as acclaimed academics. The meeting will aim at informing cross-sectorial civil society actors on potential of more comprehensive advocacy on health-housing links and showing the potential benefits between social housing organisations and public health organisations.

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Who should attend?

The event/workshop will be of particular interest and importance for the representatives of civil society organisations dealing directly and indirectly with health and housing issues, wishing to learn on health-housing links, analyse on recent developments at EU policy level on health and housing, explore on potentials for increased advocacy and use of EU funds on a health-housing link, and build up and/or expand their cross-sectoral network for future partnerships and collaboration.