The 1st PHE Excellence Forum is a direct follow-up to the meetings of the National Committees for PHE Excellence which were held between May and September 2016 in each of the participating countries of the project (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia). During these national meetings, national stakeholders discussed and outlined the main challenges and barriers facing the PHE sector in their respective countries.
With the aim of identifying shared national, regional and European challenges, and to conduct a root cause analysis on them, so as to understand the factors which lead to perpetuation of barriers the 1st PHE Excellence Forum brought together 2 International experts and 1 national expert per partner country in each of the four thematic areas of the project. The main challenges under each area for PHE in central and south-eastern Europe were identified as follows:
Detailed information on the outcomes of the root cause analysis of the main challenges and the factors which led to perpetuation of barriers can be found on the PROCSEE project page.
The end result of the forum will be a PHE Excellence Challenge Policy Statement, which will summarise the challenges faced by each country and by the region as a whole, and which will serve as the basis for the collection of best-practices and subsequent proposal of policy solutions in later phases of the project.