4 April 2019

The Dutch government has started the project ‘Gezonde school’ (‘Healthy School’). Schools can achieve this vignette if they devote time and attention to the health and healthy lifestyle of students on the basis of the ‘Healthy school approach’.

This approach focuses on a planned and structural design such as health education, the environment, the identification of health problems and the establishment of a school policy in this regard. Together with several partners, the academic workplace AMPHI of the Department of Primary and Community Care submitted the research proposal ‘Does the Healthy School approach matter? And if so, under what conditions’ in order to assess the implementation and infrastructure of this approach. This proposal was recently rewarded with an amount of 800,000 euros. Co-applicant, core team member and brand new professor at the Department of Primary and Community Care Gerard Molleman: "This project looks at how this approach takes shape, whether schools are implementing the program sufficiently and whether the effects can be made visible at a student level. Among other things, we will appoint two PhD students on this project at the University of Maastricht. From Nijmegen, we mainly contribute to the research questions that focus on the implementation of the Healthy School approach and the appropriate regional infrastructure to facilitate this approach”.
 
On 1 November 2018, Gerard Molleman has been appointed ‘bijzonder hoogleraar’ Personal Prevention - the link between care and public health. Gerard's inaugural lecture has been scheduled for Friday 7 June 2019. With this chair, made possible by the GGD, we want to achieve sustainable cooperation and alignment between public health and primary and secondary care. In practice this means, for example, that patients are approached in the GP’s office about their lifestyle and behavior. They are challenged to participate in health-promoting activities in the neighborhood. The special chair is strongly linked to the further development of the integral health leg of the Academic workshop AMPHI of the Department of Primary and Community Care.

Gerard Molleman is member of theme Healthcare improvement science.

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