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May 15 '22 - May 19 '22

Promoting Policies for Health, Well-Being, and Equity


May 15 – 19, 2022


Montreal, Québec, Canada, and virtual (hybrid meeting)


The International Union for Health Promotion and Education(IUHPE) is a global professional non-governmental organization dedicated to health promotion around the world. For more than 65 years, IUHPE has operated an independent, global, professional network of people and institutions committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the people through education, community action, and the development of healthy public policy.

The theme for the 24th IUHPE world conference in 2022 is promoting policies for health, well-being, and equity.

This hybrid meeting will be a platform for scholars, activists, professionals, and communities from the health, social and political fields to examine important and timely issues. The Scientific Committees see three areas of debate and opportunity for health promotion to grow:

Breaking news – consider the promise and opportunities of disruptions and tipping points, whether it is in pandemic health challenges (and particularly ‘syndemics’, such as the one between COVID-19, non-communicable disease, and inequitably affected populations), climate change and ecological disruption, geopolitical shifts, social unrest, and technological promise.

Breaking free – from world-views that favor only market solutions, classical divides between North and South, toward emancipatory decolonizing practices, policies, and knowledge systems. Building on health promotion legacies in health equity and Indigenous health, in IUHPE and beyond, we can see better futures.

Breaking through – disciplines, silos, boundaries, and identities that are engrained in our practices and understandings. We seek innovation.  From embracing ‘pracademics’ and ‘boundary spanners’ to inspiring activist entrepreneurs – our meeting is a platform for you.

Program and speakers

Plenary speakers

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu; Director-General, World Health Organization – TBC
  • Cindy Blackstock; member of the Gitxsan First Nation; Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society; Professor, McGill University’s School of Social Work.
  • Sandro Galea; Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health.
  • Karine Gentelet; Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais; Abeona-ENS-OBVIA Chair on Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice.
  • Colectivo LASTESIS; An artistic, interdisciplinary and feminist women’s collective from Valparaíso, Chile, composed of Daffne Valdés Vargas, Paula Cometa Stange, Lea Cáceres Díaz and Sibila Sotomayor Van Rysseghem.
  • Dean Schillinger MD; General internist, primary care physician, and a UCSF Professor of Medicine.
  • Dr. Madalitso Phiri; Critical pan-African Black Sociologist; Post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ), Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.
  • Dorji Phub; Over 34 years of work experience in the health sector at national (Bhutan) and international levels.
  • Valérie Plante; Mayor, Ville de Montréal, Canada – TBC
  • Mumilaaq Qaqqaq; An Inuk woman originally from Baker Lake, Nunavut; A leader, role model and hero to women and girls across Canada and the world.


The full program will be available through the link here.


Please follow the link to register, here.