World Health OrganisationMinistry of Social Affairs and Health
The 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion

Site Visits

Participants have an opportunity to visit various sites of interest between 10am and 2pm on Thursday the 13th of June, as part of the Europe Day programme.

The range of approximately 20 different site visits provide the participants with a good knowledge of the HiAP in practice in Finland and its impact on all from a child at nursery to senior citizens.

The topics of the site visits fall within three distinctive categories. Please see the description of the categories below. Click the links provided for more information and the descriptions about the specific sites under each category.

Buses leave from the Finlandia-Hall promptly at 10.15 am and return back to the Finlandia-Hall on time for the afternoon sessions (by 2pm). Lunch is provided during the site visit (this applies to most site visits).  If no lunch is provided participants will return to the Finlandia-Hall about 30 min before the start of the afternoon presentations. Lunch will be provided at Finlandia-Hall.

The main language of communication is English.Language support may be provided in small groups during some of the site visits (more details about language support at each specific site).

Site visits June 13th at 10am-2pm

Site visits fall under three distinctive categories:
(Please note that participants can choose one site visit only)

1) Political and Administrative Processes

Site visits under this theme will provide an insight into political and administrative processes in the implementation of Health in All Policies (HiAP) in Finland.

Site visits include the Social Affairs and Health Committee of the Parliament, the research and development institutes under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, as well as HiAP-implementation in the two cities of the Helsinki metropolitan area - namely Helsinki and Espoo.

2) Social, Health and Education policies

Site visits under the social, health and education policies-theme will introduce participants to HiAP as it is applied at daycare centres, elderly homes, and activities for and by children and the elderly.

Health is included in the activities by the provision of, for example, healthy meals, physical exercise, and by providing a space for social contacts and activities, and by activities to enhance the inclusion of all in the society.

The important role of non-governmental organizations and other non-public actors, such as public utility foundations that collaborate closely with the public sector, is reflected in the selection of hosts for the site visits.

Visits include preventive health services provided at maternity and child health clinics and in schools. Both services support families and the inclusion of the child and both parents, which is a core part of the work.

Health in education policies is conveyed in the form of visits to Finnish primary schools. Primary schools provide free education for all, and a curriculum that includes subjects such as sports, home economics, handicrafts, music and arts, as well as health as a subject on its own.

The Finnish library system, which provides free of charge books, music, films and IT connections, is presented as an example of an institute providing culture and opportunities for all. Projects to prevent social exclusion are visited.

3) Health Promoting Environment

A society for all, possibilities for interactions, physical exercise, accessibility for all and a sense of security and independence are important aspects to consider as part of healthy community planning.

Site visits under this theme will introduce the participants the concept of health in urban planning, with visits to public parks, sporting facilities and cultural premises.