The 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion was well attended and lived up to its theme "Best Investments in Health." Approximately 1500 abstracts were submitted from 76 countries; and 2,184 participants from 81 countries came together in Pattaya Thailand for 5 days to learn, to share experiences, to debate and to explore the latest evidence, policy directions and practice successes and challenges in health promotion. Not surprisingly, the highest number of participants came from the Asia-Pacific region (around 1500).

Thailand provided the perfect ambiance was a perfect setting for thought-provoking plenary and sub-plenary sessions, stimulating oral and poster sessions that highlighted health promotion practice at all levels, plus opportunities to ‘meet the authors,' journal editors as well as opportunities for field trips to a myriad of health promotion programmes and projects in Thailand. 

A conference innovation was the competition of "most liked" daily poster session, and the winners were honoured at the closing session. Most importantly, a new tradition began -- the first ever "Health Promotion Practice" Awards were presented to three distinguished practitioners:

  • Dr. Gene R.Carter, the Executive Director and CEO of ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • Prof.Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary, The Action on Smoking and Health Foundation 
  • Dr. Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III, Lecturer, University of Liverpool

The Conference reaffirmed that ‘health is everyone's business,' and discussions reinforced basic health promotion concepts and principles, such as the importance of community engagement, partnerships and inter-sectoral collaboration. In the closing session, participants were challenged with the idea that our collective work in the health promotion is not done, and exhorted to move from "ideas to implementation; from the rhetoric to reality and from policy to practice!"

If you weren't able to join us in Pattaya, the Conference Website is still operational and can be accessed for information and photos related to the discussions and activities. 

Please visit the IUHPE conference twitter page and facebook page to see photos and videos from the conference. 

synthesis of the IUHPE 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion is available in French.

Although the 21st World Conference in Health Promotion in Thailand is over, it is not forgotten!

To ensure that you didn't miss anything, we have included below the various Plenary Sessions and Meet the Author Reports for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Plenary presentations

Opening plenary: Best Investments for Health

Sania Nishtar

Prawase Wasi


Plenary I: What are the Best Investments for Health and the Well-being of People?

Somsook Banyabancha

John Frank

Anne Mills

Daniel Weinstock


Plenary II: How Far Have We Invested in Health Promotion Systems? When Is It Enough? Is It Ever Enough?

Rudolf Knippenberg

Thaksaphon Thamarangsi


Plenary III: Promotiong Helath in All Policies: Successes and Challenges? Looking at Barriers, Common Lessons and Differences

Dasho Karma Ura

Taru Koivisto

Jose Vargas Vidot


Plenary IV: Health Promotion in Practice Awards

Prakit Vathesatogkit

Gene R. Carter

Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III


Meet the Authors Session Reports

Please check back as more reports will be uploaded soon.

Book Title
Presenting Author

El Movimiento Iberoamericano de Universidades Promotoras de la Salud: Conceptuación y Práctica

Hiram V. Arroyo

Marla D. Quintana González

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Bridging Occupational, Organizational and Public Health – A Transdisciplinary approach

Georg F. Bauer

Katharina Vogt

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Salutogenic organizations and change: The concepts behind organizational health intervention research

Georg F. Bauer

Katharina Vogt

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 เด็กน้อยโตเข้าหาแสง (Children grow toward light)

อังคาร จันทร์เมือง (Angkarn Chanmuang)

นางสาวสุดารัตน์  ลิจุติภูมิ (Sudarat)

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Life skills to overcome difficulties: Introduction to SOC

Ryoko Ebina

Stephanie Alexander

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Health Promotion Theory and Practice

Hua Fu, Pin-pin Zheng, Hui-jing Shi

Huanhuan Hu

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La promoción de la salud, 25 años después

Dolors Juvinyà Canal, Hiram Arroyo

Ma. del Rocío Figueroa Varela

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Health, illness, and well-being: Perspectives and social determinants

Pranee Liamputtong

Pattaraporn Moolchaem

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Qualitative Research Methods

Pranee Liamputtong

Pattaraporn Moolchaem

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Evaluation in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide to the Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs

 Don Nutbeam

Laura Pryor

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