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The Meeting of Regions 2017 to discuss the Healthy Region Programme was highly inspirational

On 16 May 2017, the traditional Meeting of Healthy Regions of the Czech Republic took place. This year, it was hosted by the Vysocina Healthy Region and organised by Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic.

The topics of Strategic management in territorial public administration and the role of the Ministry for Regional Development were looked at by the representatives of the Department of Partnership Agreement, Evaluations and Strategies of the Ministry for Regional Development. In their contribution, the speakers addressed anchoring strategic management and selecting ongoing activities of the Ministry related to the strategic issue. They also mentioned strategic maps showing links between various laws and documents designed to manage various levels of public administration. They stressed the importance of the Database of Strategies (www.databaze-strategie.cz) which is administered by Healthy Cities and serves as a tool not only for evaluating and updating strategic documents, but also for monitoring the complementarity of strategic goals.

The experience with the preparation of the document Health 2020 for Vysocina Region was shared by Jana Böhmova, Healthy Vysocina Region coordinator, together with Stanislav Wasserbauer from the National Institute of Public Health. The principal aim of this document is to improve health and key indicators of the health of the population in the region, and to engage as many institutions as possible.

The following session, which looked at sharing good practices and inspirations, included the presentations of the representatives of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Liberec Region, Southern Moravia Region and Vysocina Region. Other topics discussed were the plans and projects for the nearest period, possibilities of grants, funds and calls for proposals of various regions aimed at their municipalities and non-profit organisations. They also covered the issues of cross-border cooperation, recovery of municipalities, health policy, clean mobility, social responsibility, and many other topics, including concrete actions and campaigns which directly contribute to sustainable development and to enhancing the quality of life.

The closing session was devoted to the experts from the Charles University Environment Centre, which is a long-standing partner organisation of Healthy Cities. The topics covered included Sustainable development audits in 10 thematic areas of sustainable development followed by a discussion about specificities of various regions when conducting these audits.

The presentations of the event are available HERE.



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