The Warsaw Health School

The Warsaw Health School provides a wide range of educational work to promote healthy lifestyle and health promoting behaviour among the inhabitnats of Warsaw and its surroundings.

Brief profile The Warsaw Health School provides a wide range of educational work to promote healthy lifestyle and health promoting behaviour among the inhabitnats of Warsaw and its surroundings. Summary of the intervention The mission of the Warsaw Health School is based on rising the awareness that "health is wealth". Its main activities include lectures, panel discussions about health, healthy lifestyle, appriopriate nutrition, prevention of abuse, especially alcohol abuse and drug abuse, the prevention of social diseases, cancers, diabetes, hypertension, alimentary system diseases, mental diseases, comunicable diseases, AIDS and etc. It also provide lectures and panel discussions about physical activity which is important for health, therapy and rehabilitation. Among the lecturers are very good specialists, directors of scientific institutes and clinics. These meetings are extermely popular amopng the wide range of audience. For one session there participate approximately 200 to 300 people. The Warsaw Health School publishes "Annals of Warsaw Health School" which are available for all the people of Poland of various educational status. Field of intervention Individual lifestyle  Smoking  Sexual behaviour  Physical exercise  Nutrition  Mental health  Drug abuse  Alcohol  AIDS / HIV  Others: Social diseases like cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, obesity, infectious and parasitic diseases, rheumatism, osteoporosis et al. What more we put the emphasis on the most important healthy lifestyle factors, on the personal hygiene at home and in the workplace and also on the psychological hygiene. Living and working conditions  Working conditions / environment  Water and sanitation  Education Age group Senior citizens (> 60 years), Adults (30-59 years), Young adults (19-29 years) Duration / Timeframe Start: Year 1988; No end planned Coverage Nationwide, Regional, Local The problem The health indicators in Poland show that the population of Mazovia region, in particular, experience many health problems. Cancer mortality, in general, and lung and cervical cancers in particular, are generally very high. Poland’s relative position on ischaemic heart disease has improved dramatically, in contrast with its deterioration for cerebrovascular disease. The male mortality in Poland in the age group 15–34 is high, largely as a result of high mortality due to external causes. The School has a regional character, gathering inhabitants of the city of Warsaw and its surroundings. In this region of Poland the educational gradient is very low, therefore, many people from different socioeconomic backgrounds are interested in gaining the health education. Unfortunately, there is no sufficient access to free education for everybody and hence the Warsaw Health School is a very popular initiative among the citizens of Warsaw and its surroundings. We cooperate with many various specialists who share their knowledge with not well-off people, who otherwise would not be able to complete their education. Therefore, our mission is to ensure the access to the information about health for everybody. The main aims Improvement of health culture and health status of the Polish community. Tackling Health Inequalities According to the medical statistical data that has been reported since 1991 there was a constant increase in state of health and increase in survival of Polish population. Health indicators are better in Warsaw than that in the other regions. A lot of scientists argue, that the activities of Warsaw Health School have had a big contribution to this. The Warsaw Health School contributes to reducing health inequalities through: 1.Better access to knowledge about health and possibilities of disease prevention. 2. Enabling individual conversations on personal health problems with the excellent health specialists. 3. Enabling the poor people to consult for medical advise on organizational solutions to their health problems. 4. For most of the people it is the only chance to obtain the health information from the outstanding health experts and practitioners. Approaches  Advice and guidance  Building the capacity to deal with (health related) problems  Education and information Activities Popular scientific lectures, panel discussions about „Feast for health”, publishing, making photocopies of popular scientific and didactic materials, publishing two comprehensive monographies which contain lectures from five years and ten years period of activity. We also publish “Annuals of Warsaw Health School”. R. I – 2001; R. II – 2002; R. III -2003; R.IV – 2004; R. V – 2005. Attending the meetings and obtaining the publications is free of charge. Target group  Total population: This intervention is targeting the total population, in other words, everybody who is interested in the health issue can participate in the lectures free of charge. We observe that part of the participants are the most vulnerable representatives of the society, e.g. pensioners, handicapped people. The lectures are free of charge and take place in the local area so many people can participate in them. The lectures' content is clearly stated and presented. Thus, the participants improve their health culture, what contributes to the general improvement of health of the Polish community. Every participant has a chance to obtain a personal and free advise or consultation on their health state. Participation of target group The listeners, various professionalists, poeple in all ages, women and man, have attended our lectures for years. After each lecture they may suggest the topic which they are interested in the most. We take into account these suggestions and we will develop the selected topics in the future. Gender specifity/ Gender sensitivity  Not gender specific Settings  University  City  Others: Lectures and panel session are performed in modern, air- conditioned assembly hall, equipped with multimedia. The hall is provided free of charge by University of Ecology and Management. Partners Medical University in Warsaw, National Insitute of Hygiene, University of Ecology and Mangement, Military Institute of Higiene and Epidemiology, National Food and Nutrition Institute, Polish Society of Health Education, Polish Society of Nutritional Sciences, and with many scientific institutes. Staff and qualifications  Volunteers 10 Manager: Irena Celejowa PhD,DSc is a researcher and teacher in the field of hygiene, nutrition and health education. Medical Consultant: Jan Lach MD is epidemiologist, physician, specialist of internal disease and parasitologist, the research worker in Military Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Anna Kołtajtis - Dołwy, D.Ing research worker in Warsaw Agricultural University and very famous radio journalist Małgorzata Kownacka. The students from Medical University work as the volunteers.The administrative and financial co-worker have good command of English and higher education. Multipliers  Educators involved in personal and social development  Cultural mediators  Others: Audience of Warsaw Health School represent Polish society. Warsaw Health School performs under the banner of “We don’t give up” as school for everyone. Evaluation Internal evaluation exists. Achievement of aims Thanks to this intervention many people, who participate in the lectures, show more awareness in healthy lifestyle, disease prevention and health promotion. The actions taken by Warsaw Health School undoubtedly contribute to the better health culture among its participant and, ipso facto, to the health state of the Mazovia region polulation. WE make our programme more and more attractive every year considering all the remarks given us by the recipients. The School becomes more and more popular and many people say that they know more about nutrition, many social diseases or about medicines after our lectures or panel discussions. We have had 149 lectures and 10 panel discussions in the period 1988-2005. Lessons learned In the opinion of many prominent specialists our activity is unique and our experiences are used by many institutions, initiators and health educators. We expect that our experience may be used in many European countries. People in many countries have not got good knowledge about health and healthy lifestyle. . Contact Name: Irena Celejowa Street: Wiśniowa 14/14 Postal code / town: 02-563 Warsaw Country: Poland Telephone no: ++ 48 (228455947) E-mail: Fax: ++ 48 (228455947) Web address: http://

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