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Aletta Research Meet-up 2 April 2020

Meet-up 2 April

On 2 April 2020 at the Zernike Campus in Groningen, the next edition of the Aletta Research Meet-up is goint to take place. The topic of this half-day event is Communities & Health. As we all know, health is influenced by many factors, of which few are exclusively in the power of the individual. On the day, we will explore the different communities people live in and their influence on health (behaviour).

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Preliminary Programme


12:00

Lunch

12:45 Welcome by Frederic van Kleef/Jochen Mierau, Aletta's Directors
12:55 Keynote lecture by John Drury
Collective psychosocial resilience in crowds in mass emergencies
13:45 Parallel Session I:
Why social groups are so essential in studying health
Parallel Session II:
Synergies between Global Health & Community Health
Parallel Session III:
Research and Innovation Agenda with and for the Healthy Region: Enabling Healthy Communities
15:15 Matchmaking with coffee/tea
16:15 Keynote lecture by Agnes van den Berg
Topic t.b.a.
17:00 Drinks

Keynote lecture

John Drury

John Drury
Professor of Social Psychology, University of Sussex

Collective psychosocial resilience in crowds in mass emergencies

The apparent increase in the number of emergencies and disasters (including climate related and terrorist) puts strain on the capacity of the emergency services to cope. In the past, the role of the public has been seen as a problem in such events, due to the supposed psychology of mass panic. In the last twenty years, however, the official guidance has begun to change to reflect the evidence of the role of supportive and adaptive behaviour by most people in emergencies, reflecting the practical need for community resilience. While most conceptions of the psychology of collectively resilience behaviour by the public focus on existing bonds and networks (‘social capital’), the existence of emergent ‘disaster communities’ is also established in the literature. In this presentation, I describe work by myself and colleagues which has documented and analysed the process underlying emergent collective resilience in crowds in various emergencies. Using interviews, archive data and surveys, we have found a common pattern whereby a sense of common fate gives rise to shared social identity amongst those affected by an emergency which in turn is the basis of cooperative behaviour. This research and theory demonstrates the importance of social identity and group processes in emergencies and has implications for the management of these events.

Parallel Sessions


Why social groups are so essential in studying health

Organized by Katherine Stroebe & Justin Richardson
In this session we discuss the impact of group memberships on health. The focus in this session lies both on vulnerability and resilience due to group membership. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion with the speakers and audience.

Research and Innovation Agenda with and for the Healthy Region: Enabling Healthy Communities

Organized by Jochen Mierau
The health landscape is shifting to more focus on prevention, primary care and network medicine in order to enable communities to be and stay healthy. In the past months various parties, such as researchers, public parties, companies, citizens and patients contributed to an agenda focusing in these issues for the Northern Netherlands. In this workshop we discuss the process and outcomes of the research agenda with you and together explore the next steps in the process. We combine insights from the Northern Netherlands with insights from elsewhere in the Netherlands and abroad to place the region in its appropriate national and international context."

Synergies between Global Health & Community Health

Organized by Brigit Toebes & Regien Biesma
During this session Aletta Global Health will be launced with pitches from 5 speakers. Besides this, two Global Community Health projects will be presented followed by an interactive session.

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