The Jury has been appointed for the 2020 EU Health Award. This year’s award was open to two types of initiatives: those promoting healthy lifestyles among children (6-18 years old) and those promoting vaccination in children (0-18 years old). Cities and schools were invited to submit their initiatives in the Healthy Lifestyles among children call, whilst the vaccination in children call was open to NGOS, schools and kindergartens.
The Jury is responsible for evaluating the applications according to the criteria established under each call and it is composed by one chair and six jury members per call with expertise in the field of European public health.
Once the submissions for the 2020 EU Health Award have been evaluated, the Jury will establish a shortlist of projects (three per category under each call), for a total of 12 initiatives that will be promoted as good practices. These good practices can then be adapted for use elsewhere or serve as inspiration, further contributing to improving children’s health across the EU and beyond. The European Commission will award prizes to the winning initiatives in each category under each call, based on the Jury's final decision.
Applicants will be informed about the selection results by e-mail at the end of 2020. Only the three shortlisted initiatives per category and under each call will be announced on the EU Health Award website. This announcement will also be published on Twitter (@EU_Health), on the EU Health Policy Platform and in the Health-EU newsletter.
Representatives from the shortlisted cities, NGOs, kindergartens and schools, as well as all the Jury members, will be invited to attend the EU Health Policy Platform Annual Meeting, to be held in early 2021. More information will be made available closer to the date.
Dr Isabel de la Mata is currently the Principal Adviser for Health and Crisis Management in the European Commission. Previously, she worked as Counsellor for Health and Consumers at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, as Deputy Director General for Health Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Health and as Advisor to the Vice-Minister of Health. In addition, she has been a member of the Standing Commission of the Regional Committee, the Pan-American Health Organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation.
Call on Vaccination
Dr Andrea Ammon, MD, MPH, was appointed Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in June 2017.
Dr Barbara Kerstiëns, MD, MPH, is the Head of Unit in the unit responsible for ‘Combatting Diseases’ in the People Directorate of the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission.
Maria Podlasek-Ziegler, worked as a publisher, translator and author in Warsaw (Poland), before joining the European Commission in 2007, where she has been working in the field of education and youth.
Prior to being appointed as WHO Representative to the European Union, Dr Oxana Domenti served as Senior Advisor to the WHO Regional Director for Europe on multilateral affairs.
Dr Iveta Nagyova is the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia (UPJS; sbm.upjs.sk). She is also the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and a member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) at WHO/Europe. She graduated in Clinical Psychology at UPJS, obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and received a postgraduate training at the University of Oxford within the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme.
Basil Rodriques is a graduate of Columbia University, New York, with specialised discipline in Public Health, Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health and clinical interventions. He has served in several capacities with UNICEF across multiple continents and countries.
Call on Healthy Lifestyles
Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva has been Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) since 2016. Her main activities relate to the areas of education, academic and business cooperation, research and innovation. In the field of sport, she focused strongly on promoting physical activity and fostering cooperation across Europe and beyond.
Irene Norstedt works at the European Commission where she is the Acting Director responsible for the People Directorate within the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. Irene is also Head of the Economic and Social Transitions Unit. Irene has been at the European Commission since 1996, and was instrumental in the creation of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) in 2008.
On 1 February 2017, Mr Ruijters was appointed Director of the European Commission’s Directorate B - Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport in the Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport, while at the same time continuing as Head of Unit responsible for the Trans European Network (TEN-T) until 1 April. He assumed the role of Head of Unit in 2009 and was directly involved in developing the TEN-T Guidelines. He previously worked in the same Directorate-General from 2005 to 2009, where he promoted the implementation of TEN-T projects in cooperation with the European Coordinators. He also helped to develop road safety policy from 1997 to 2005. Before coming to the Commission, he held various positions in the Netherlands related to transport. Mr Ruijters holds degrees from Nijmegen and Amsterdam Universities in both French literature and European Studies, and completed post-graduate degrees at the European University Centre in Nancy, in European Law, and in Business Studies at the University in Leuven.
Monika Kosinska joined the WHO in 2014 to lead the Governance for Health Programme. Before joining the WHO, she was appointed Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) in 2007, the largest public health civil society organisation in the European Region, where she led the civil society engagement in public health governance in the European Union context. She was appointed to the High-Level Group on Administrative Burdens, or the ‘Stoiber Group’, in 2012, and was the representative of public health civil society in other EU stakeholder mechanisms including as part of Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Dr Schindler works in the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Health Care and Consumer Protection. She is head of the division which deals with issues related to maternal, children, adolescent and gender health and nutrition. She was previously a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, where her main research interest was nutrition in the context of disease, including obesity, diabetes, disease and age-related malnutrition. She co-founded Nutrition Day worldwide, a project to raise awareness of disease- and age-related malnutrition in hospitals and nursing homes. Dr Schindler also worked at WHO/Europe, where she helped prepare for the Vienna conference. She is a nutrition scientist trained at the University of Vienna, Austria.
Anette Schulz, Master of Education in Health Promotion and Education, is a senior consultant at University College South Denmark, and manager and chairperson of Schools for Health in Europe network foundation. Anette is the author of several books on school health promotion, social inclusion, and health inequality. She has more than 20 years of experience working with health promotion on both at national and international level. Her work ranges from giving lectures and keynotes to developing and managing projects related to health promotion.