This year there are seven program-overarching theme sessions linked to the day theme 'Urban Health'.
Urbanization & migration and its consequences for health
Our world is experiencing a remarkable shift towards urbanization, with 60% of the world population expected to live in urban centers in the next 10 years. Over 90 per cent of this remarkable shift is taking place in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. The world is also being shaped profoundly by international migration with most migrant populations ending up in urban centers. Urbanization can have both positive and negative effects on health. The main health benefits in living in urban centers include easier access to both preventive and curative health services. However, urban life can also have a profound negative impact on health particularly among the vulnerable groups due to factors such as poverty, unhealthy lifestyle, environment hazards e.g. air pollution, noise, poor housing etc. Addressing the health of the urban populations especially the urban poor remains one of the most important challenges in our time.
This theme session will address this important issue head-on by bringing together two leading scholars on urban and migrant health to discuss the health impact of urbanization and migration on vulnerable populations. The theme session will compose of two key note lectures by Prof. Ama de-Graft Aikins (University College London) and Prof. Maria van den Muijsenbergh (University of Nijmegen).
 Social inequalities
Aging society and the rising pensionable age
This theme session consists of part A: Aging and working until later age & part B: Informal care in the participation society.
In part A we give an introduction on the current evidence, interventions, as well as the recommendations of the Health Council. Following, the group will be divided in smaller groups for a brainstorm about ideas and solutions with regard to working longer in good health, and the role of research in this. In part B, because informal caregiving currently plays a role in the lives of many people in the Netherlands and affects the participation of these individuals, members of the subtheme ‘Informal care and other forms of participation in society’ will tell briefly about their current APH-projects and in an interactive way ask members of the audience for their ideas and suggestions for new relevant research and sustaining the participation of individuals involved in informal caregiving.
Personalized urban health and diversity
- To understand (the distribution of) health and disease, and happiness and unhappiness in the city, general approaches need to be replaced by stratified and personalized knowledge. Consequently, public health interventions in the city are increasingly using targeted approaches, in which ‘one size fits all’ is replaced by stratification and personalization, reflecting the diversity of the urban population. To develop personalized and stratified urban health interventions, large amounts of heterogeneous data (‘big data’) are needed related to life style, social environment, and personal characteristics. The link between personalized medicine and urban health, up to now, has been underexplored.
In this session, we will discuss examples of the use of big data in responding to the diversity of urban populations, but also how, in various neighborhoods in Amsterdam, diversified, personalized, and tailored activities have been developed to increase urban health. We will kick-off the program with Dr Matty de Wit from the GGD. Next, we will give the floor to Karin Kauw and Gina van der Linden from Stichting Eigenwijks. Finally, Jan Jacob Sikkema, who will tell us all about the city and EU grants. The session will be closed in a playful way with an activity related to the theme ‘diversity’.
 Environmental health
Older adults living in the city: researching a healthy environment
As a result of an aging population and urbanization the number of older people living in cities is growing. This has led to different initiatives to improve life for older people living in the urban environment, such as the WHO’s Age Friendly cities. This session focusses on the role that research within APH can play in supporting/informing these types of initiatives. In a panel discussion with different stakeholders, we will explore the following questions: What opportunities do the stakeholders see for improvement in environmental health of older persons? What type of research/ possible research questions can help inform these opportunities? The session will include two plenary presentations on current research in the field of environmental health and aging, followed by a panel discussion with a diverse group of stakeholders.
 Urban mental health
Urban mental health
Mental health is a key resource and a necessary condition to enable any city to flourish. Urban environments provide the special conditions that may both attract and foster vulnerable people but also pose specific stresses that hinder healthy mental development and promote mental illness. Amsterdam is a fast developing and changing case at hand and the city of Amsterdam has recently chosen to adopt the international Thrive initiative in order to promote mental health (see plenary session). The University of Amsterdam and AMC have recently started an 'Urban Mental Health' stimulation program, which will be discussed in this session. The session will thereafter focus on Amsterdam as a living lab to improve mental health. Given the high levels of mental illness in Amsterdam, the session will end with a more fundamental discussion on causality: is an urban environment a causal factor for psychopathology or is it an ecological niche that attracts vulnerable people?
 Evaluation of interventions
Evaluation of (behavioral) interventions in complex adaptive systems
There is a growing consensus among health researchers that the complexities underlying population health and its distribution cannot be unraveled by traditional methods; a shift in research paradigm to complexity thinking is imperative to move this field forward. The aim of this parallel session is to discuss the implications of complexity thinking in relation to development and evaluation of interventions promoting health. We will discuss questions like: what is a complex intervention? what does causality mean in the context of complex interventions? and what counts as evidence for causality in this context? Moreover, a few APH research projects will be presented that apply relevant methodologies, such as complexity science and realist evaluation, followed by a general discussion on the value and practicalities of these approaches.
For this theme session their is limited room capacity
 Stakeholder involvement
How to involve the community in science?
Involvement of the community in scientific research has become a key issue for policy makers and funding agencies. Involving the community implies more than only asking what research topics the community would find important. In this theme session, the concept of ‘community involvement’ will be discussed and clarified. The goal is to provide tools, tips and tricks about how to involve the community in research. To that end, researchers from the department midwifery science will present a project in which they involved pregnant women. Furthermore, participants will form groups and discuss critical questions about how and when to involve relevant stakeholders. A speaker from ZonMw will provide inspiring examples and will talk about implications for funding. Finally, a patient will tell his/hers story which will emphasize the importance of being involved in research. During this theme session, there is plenty of room for questions and discussion.
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