The concept of the development of youth work in the territory of the Košice self-governing region for the years 2021 – 2025 (2030) was approved by the council of the Košice self-governing region. We are glad that consultations with colleagues and experts from Department of Health Psychology and Research Methodology and also data within the HBSC study in Slovakia form the basic pillars of this concept.
From 10th to 11th June 2021 our colleagues attended the HBSC Spring network meeting which was hosted online.
This meeting brought together HBSC members from across the globe. At this meeting, we discussed our plans for upcoming round of data collection. This is a critical stage of the survey cycle which is entirely dependent on the collective efforts and engagement of the network as a whole.
Our team members Jaroslav Rosenberger and Aurel Zelko participated in the programme of the 58th Virtual ERA-EDTA Nephrology Congress held in Berlin on 5-8 June 2021.
It was a great pleasure to deliver reports from our studies Health Behaviour in School-aged Children and Care4Youth to our president Zuzana Čaputova, who is very active in mental health promotion. Andrea Madarasová Gecková met with the president of the Slovak Republic on 15.4. in Bratislava at the Festival for the Soul.
At the end of March, we had a fruitful discussion on the results of the Concept mapping study we conducted on measures that could improve healthy early childhood development in children from marginalized Roma communities. The meeting gave us hope that the measures that need to be implemented with the goal to have equally healthy and happy children who will be able to fulfill their potential are already known and that cooperation is possible.
On February 4th and 5th, the meeting of Working Group 3 of the COST action, CA19113, lead by Paulo Sousa, was held on 4 and 5 February. Despite the current situation in Europe it was attended by about 18 people, including the Chair of the action, José Joaquín Mira, who participate as a guest.
The participants who came from different European countries,Bosnia, Poland, Croatia, Sweden, Slovakia, Croatia, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Portugal (host country) and Spain, joined the meeting through Zoom platform.
This initial approach promoted:
- First contact meeting with members
- Discussion of the ideas of the international meeting
- Presentation of the Google folder for file sharing among members
- Discussing terms for second victims
- Discussing metrics for evaluation
It should be noted that all participants were resolute, with high participation and a diversity of points of view between different countries for this action COST . Besides this was an activity with high participation, the participation rate was about 75% of the total amount of working group members.
Both days were absolutely fruitful, the participants had a discussion about the strategies to be followed, a platform to be connected through Google Drive was implemented and in the late afternoon the attendees were divided into two small groups: one to talk about the term “second victims” and another group to talk about the evaluation metrics to be taken. At the end the discussion about the Training Manual and Case Study, both deliverables expected, ended with the intention of link them.
More information here: https://cost-ernst.eu/news/working-group-3-first-meeting/
The Country Cards are critical to make the case for physical activity at the national level and can be used by governments, researchers, advocates, and society. The Country cards belong to The Global Observatory for Physical Activity- GoPA! what is a global organization consisting of physical activity researchers, epidemiologists, public health policy makers and practitioners that catalogues and analyzes global data on physical activity and health.
Let´s introduce a Slovak and English versions of the Country Card of Slovak Republic. Other Country Cards are availaible here: http://new.globalphysicalactivityobservatory.com/countrycards/
On behalf of the UPJŠ, our colleague Jaroslava Kopcakova attended the national team of the Global Matrix 4.0 project meeting, consisting of representatives of three Slovak and one Czech universities, met on 5th February 2021 for their introductory meeting. An international project coordinated in Slovakia by the Faculty of Sports of the University of Prešov is aimed at solving the problem of physical inactivity of Slovak children and adolescents through the synthesis of available data on their physical behavior, identification of insufficient research and draft recommendations for experts, parents, teachers, school principals, coaches, leaders of sports clubs and possibly other stakeholders.
More information about the project can be found here: https://www.activehealthykids.org/global-matrix/4-0/
Representatives of both universities signed bilateral agreement for Vulnerable groups research and created a basis for continuation of collaboration between our universities in the upcoming years.
On Monday 1st of February started our online annual evaluation and research strategy planning meeting with our colleagues from University of Groningen and will continue till Wednesday February 3rd.