Autumn 2014 meeting - Tirana
International HBSC delegates gathered in Tirana, Albania, at the beginning of November for HBSC’s autumn network meeting. This meeting was opened by a seminar hosted by the Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine, Tirana, and the Albanian Institute of Public Health. Entitled Core issues in research, policy and services related to child and adolescent health including health behaviour and wellbeing, social context and risk behaviours, this session included a welcome address from the Albanian Minister of Health, Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, and the UN Resident Coordinator for Albania.
The primary objective of this meeting was to develop workplans for topic, focus and writing groups, as well as looking at question development and protocol review for the 2017/18 survey cycle. The Early Careers Group gathered for a day prior to the full network meeting to finalise their Terms of Reference, and to discuss training needs and future visions for the group. This forms an important element of the HBSC study’s succession plan - more details of this to follow in future newsletters.