Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

Summary 2017 (EN)

Dear Colleagues,

Let me inform you through our Summary Newsletter of the selected activities and events that took place in 2017.

At the same time we would like take this opportunity to thank all Healthy Cities and Regions and our partners for good cooperation in the past year. We hope that also in 2018 we will jointly devote our energy to activities related with sustainable development, health and quality of life promotion in our Cities and Regions.

(NOTE: Some of the website links are available only in Czech, in that case you can use the Google Translate toolbar, which can be found on the left side of the HCCZ web page.)

Petr Svec
Czech Healthy Cities Director
WHO HCP National Coordinator

Information and updates

And what are a Healthy City and the National Network of Healthy Cities?

You can go through our Basic Information containing an overview of the fundamental information concerning the association, its members and activities.

… watch our short video, which is a one-minute summary of the qualities Healthy Cities, Town and Regions boast.

… or just contact us: - any time and we will be glad to assist you.

Network services for Czech Healthy Cities and Regions in 2017 in figures

In 2017, as in the previous years, Healthy Cities provided its members with a wide range of services.

103 "in-house" consultations
60 public Fora / 4488 participants
29 “Youth” and “School” fora
8 Shools and other nationwide events on good practice / 959  participants
12 accredited training courses
6 webinars

In our new publication “Member benefits” you will find an overview of what we offer and are able to implementin areas such as participation, sustainable development, projects, quality management and many other topics.

We provide training and education as well as tailor-made consultations. We seek good practice examples and promote your inspirations. A number of activities can be freely used by towns and regions that are not our members yet. Our events are open to everybody, take inspiration from Healthy Cities and become one of them – as you will see, it is worth it!

Czech Healthy Cities welcomed three new members last year

In 2017 the municipalities of Bystrice and Cervena Voda and the municipal district of Prague 15 became members of Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions. At the end of 2017, the association totalled 130 members with regional outreach to 2152 cities and towns with 5,441 million inhabitants (52 % of the population of the Czech Republic).

A list of all Healthy Cities members is available HERE.

Participation, Healthy Cities Fora, Emotional maps…

Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions hold regular meetings for their citizens to discuss the most burning issues concerning the place they live. In 2017, the Healthy City Forum was held in 60 towns and cities with a total attendance of 4488 citizens. Another popular event are youth and school fora where pupils and students discuss the development of their municipality. As in the case of the “adult fora”, the outcomes of these public meetings are submitted to a municipal or city council which will address them further. The purpose of these events is to enhance interest in public matters across all generations. Also a promotional film was created to handle the topic of school fora, which totalled 29 in 2017.

Again in partnership with Palacky University Olomouc we have offered emotional maps to the cities and towns which hold these fora. Emotional maps build on the concept of GeoParticipation using geospatial tools to involve participants in decision-making. Cities and towns will receive their emotional maps in a regular office format or as a GIS layer. The possibility of creating emotional maps was used by 25 municipalities last year and it aroused widespread interest. Healthy Cities are going to offer this service to its members for free even in 2018.

Quality, Strategy, Management and Evaluation – We have a lot to offer

We have created and have been providing a number of practical tools and proven methodological procedures intended for municipalities and regions. We seek and offer: inspiration, ways to evaluate progress towards sustainable development and quality of life, methods how to set and manage required processes at local authorities, and how to properly implement strategic planning and management. In cooperation with our expert partners we help to develop innovative themes - in 2017 it was e.g. planning for health, climate change adaptation, culture planning and evaluation, quality of life indicators and benchmarking and many other topics.

Jointly with cities and for cities we have developed practical on-line tools such as real estate pasport, grant schemes, project evaluation in terms of sustainable development and much more…

How do we communicate on-line?

We have published 5 on-line Newsletters on our website reporting on the latest developments in a given month, including its translation into English. The Newsletters were sent to more than 2000 addresses in the Czech Republic and to nearly 300 addresses abroad.

We seek and promote good practice examples – on our unique web signpost called SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GALLERY you will find over 301 thematically sorted good practice examples from 85 places in the Czech Republic as well as from abroad. Additionally, in 2017 we had 374 new short inspirations – small projects, inspirational event or activities. Loaded with news, our INSPIROMAT for towns and regions is sent to all interested parties 3 times per month.

14,284 people liked our Healthy Cities Facebook. Our portfolio of social networks has been recently enlarged by Instagram and Twitter. Both networks will enable people to follow us on smartphones, but they are also accessible via PC. Furthermore, we administer popular profiles of Czech Healthy Cities on Linked In as well as a video channel with up-to-date and interesting media coverage from various cities and towns.

In 2017, our website recorded 31,569 visits.

We run 11 thematic e-mail conferences for those interested in sustainable development, strategic management, health, volunteering and other topics. Our databases contain more than 4729 registered addresses.

HEALTHY CITIES EVENTS IN 2017: Have you been there with us? Come and join us (also) next time!

3x three-day Healthy Cities Schools (Trebic, Moravska Trebova, Vsetin), which are part of professional accredited training courses always involving open introductory seminars. Total: 400 participants

4x educational and discussion events: Total 213 participants

  • Thematic section: “Quality and strategy
  • Discussion session: “Effective financial management of cities, towns and regions and their organizations
  • Meeting of Regions
  • Meeting of Prague municipal districts

12x accredited training courses for local authorities on “Principles of sustainable development in connection with strategic planning and quality of life“. Total: 217 participants

5xOn-site eveluation events“ – presentation of procedures, results and experience of the implementation of the Healthy Cities and LA21 programs from Chrudim, Litomerice, Koprivnice, Jihlava and Krizanky.

1x nationwide conference “Sustainable City 2017“ – the most active cities received awards from the representatives of ministries, and from the foreign and Czech partners of the association. Total: 180 participants

7x international events or significant meetings with foreign partners

6x webinars on topical issues, questions and methodological procedures of Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions.

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