Fifth expert group meeting on cultural contexts of health and well-being

Posted on 17 June 2019

Fifth meeting will take place at WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya will represent the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories at the fifth cultural contexts of health project (CCH) expert group meeting taking place this week at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe is leading a project on the cultural contexts of health for in-depth analysis of how cultural factors affect health and well-being. The CCH project recognises that ‘the humanities, including cultural and literary studies, are important, particularly when such research can shed light on the subjective human experiences of health’.

The expert group has been established to help the Regional Office determine how best to approach its analysis of how cultural factors affect health and well-being. The group, which met for the first time in January 2015, comprises 21 experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds including epidemiology, statistics, anthropology, public health, history, cultural studies, philosophy and geography.

You can find out more about the CCH project via the WHO Regional Office for Europe’s website.  To see reports from past expert group meetings, please visit: www.euro.who.int/en/data-and-evidence/cultural-contexts-of-health/publications/.

The Department of History’s Centre for Global Health Histories has been a designated WHO Collaborating Centre since 2013, with this status renewed for a successive four year period in 2017. You can read more about the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories’ activities at https://www.york.ac.uk/history/global-health-histories/about/who-collaborating-centre/.