This year’s APH Spring Meeting will take place in the afternoon of Monday April 17th and is themed ‘Connect for Health’. This afternoon, parallel research program sessions will take place in the NU building and the VU Main building at the VU Campus. After the research program sessions, we come together for a social gathering in the VU Main building with drinks & appetizers.


13:45 – 14:15 Walk-in and registration (coffee/tea) VU Main building (desk at main entrance)
14:30 – 16:45 Parallel Program Sessions (with 15 min coffee/tea break) VU Main building ('Hoofdgebouw') or VU NU building (Nieuw Universiteitsgebouw)*, various rooms
17:00– 18:00 Plenary closing with drinks + bites APH’s Public Health photo contest 2023 exhibition Foyer Aula in VU Main Building

*Find here the VU campus map, including the VU Main building ('Hoofdgebouw') and VU NU building ('Nieuw Universiteitsgebouw').

Parallel Program Sessions

1. How does the Dutch Integral Care Agreement influence care? / Creating societal impact with your research
Hosted by Quality of Care and Aging & Later Life

This parallel program session hosted by Quality of Care and Aging & Later Life consists of a workshop divided into 2 parts.

Workshop part 1: As the theme of the Spring meeting is ’Connecting’, we will start by discussing what the Dutch Integral Care Agreement (Integraal Zorgakkoord: IZA) is and we will have speakers from the city of Amsterdam to discuss how the IZA influences care. Representatives from the city of Amsterdam will also share the projects that they are working on. It will be an interactive session with researchers from Quality of Care and Aging & Later Life. Potential funding opportunities will also be announced.

Workshop part 2: This workshop focusses on impact: what is it, why is it relevant and how do we as researchers create it? Diane Schöller, Impact developer at APH, will lead this part by explaining different concepts and possibilities, share examples, which steps you could start to take and the support that is available. We will work together in groups on our own projects and the impact we could create. As an example, experiences from the ongoing regional action research project 'Spiegelaar' will be shared that incorporates ‘connecting’ and 'impact'.

2. Connecting with the APH Mental Health research agenda: an interactive session
Hosted by Mental Health

We are developing a new APH Mental Health research agenda, based on the current pressing societal questions and input from researchers and stakeholders. The research agenda ranges from understanding mental health to implementation in the mental health care system. We will present the full research agenda during the MH session at the APH Spring Meeting. Join us in an interactive session where you can position your own MH research in the new research agenda, see where opportunities for future research arise, and learn more about Special Interest Groups that will be formed and how you can become part of these groups. We would love to see MH researchers from juniors to seniors connect with the new research agenda.

3. Journey mapping as an approach to human-centered design
Hosted by Health Behaviors & Chronic Diseases and Personalized Medicine

Journey mapping is a problem-solving technique that places user needs (e.g., patients, customers, citizens) at the heart of the design process. The core aim is to understand both the physical and emotional journeys of users across stages of care by visualizing their ‘touchpoints’ with existing products, services, or processes. In this workshop, hosted by Dr. Stephen McCarthy (University College Cork, Ireland), we discuss the value of journey mapping for empathy building and analysis when reimagining the ‘status quo’. Storytelling techniques will also be discussed as an approach for engaging diverse audiences during the communication of results. Group activities will allow attendees to explore how journey mapping can be used in their work and a plenary part will offer a forum for co-learning and feedback. The workshop will conclude with exemplars where journey mapping has inspired redesign in diverse areas such as healthcare, product and service delivery, and behavioral change. Resources will also be shared to support attendees when adopting journey mapping in their work going forward.

4. Challenges and opportunities for co-creation methods in public health research
Hosted by Methodology
(max. 25 participants)

The term co-creation has become a buzzword in various disciplines. What exactly is co-creation? What are challenges and opportunities for this method? And how can the method be used in public health research? In this workshop we will focus on a specific form of co-creation, drawing on generative design and qualitative research.

During a co-creation study, researchers and participants collaborate to solve a particular problem. The method makes use of democratic knowledge formation, aiming to include diverse and opposing perspectives. The method encourages inclusion of diverse groups of stakeholders, e.g. patients, physicians, policy makers and citizens. In our use of the method co-creation workshops are organized at specific points of the research process. During these workshops participants are asked to do a series of exercises, followed by a dialogue about the findings, making use of materials such as images, drawings and post-it notes.

During the first part of the workshop, we will host a short co-creation workshop, so participants can get familiar and immerse themselves in the method. In the second half, the speaker will reflect on her experiences of doing a co-creation study, and delve deeper into the method, explaining the set-up of a co-creation study, and its potential applications in public health research.

5. First aid after natural disasters
Hosted by Global Health

Unfortunately, this session is canceled.

6. Connect for (digital) health for all
Hosted by Digital Health and Societal Participation & Health

In this parallel program session, a workshop will be given that approaches various challenges that recent technological developments pose for society and the health care system. As technology increasingly permeates our daily lives, reflecting on the intended and unintended impact it has on society and health care, becomes ever more pressing. This workshop offers multidisciplinary contributions reflecting on technology and (future) society and health, with special attention to how technological developments (could) contribute to the health potential of individuals and communities across the life course.

The workshop will consist of brief introductions, followed by a discussion about promises, challenges, and pitfalls of digitalization of society and care. By teaming up we will be better prepared to unravel, understand and solve complex public health challenges we face in the coming years.

Register now!

APH Photo Contest 2023

At this year’s APH Spring Meeting, APH sets up a gallery that presents a selection of submissions of the APH Photo Contest 2023. All APH researchers and staff are invited to submit a self-created photo that typically expresses ‘Public Health’. Will you show us your visual perception of Public Health? Read more on the APH Photo Contest 2023 newspage!