McMaster Health Forum, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
For concerned citizens and influential thinkers and doers, the McMaster Health Forum strives to be a leading hub for improving health outcomes through collective problem solving. Operating at regional/provincial levels and at national levels, the Forum harnesses information, convenes stakeholders and prepares action-oriented leaders to meet pressing health issues creatively. The Forum also acts as an agent of change by empowering stakeholders to set agendas, take well-considered actions and communicate the rationale for actions effectively. Please see their website for more details.
Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) aims to improve quality of life, health, and legal protection of the public through offering advice and services based on research and health surveillance. Working on issues related to forensic science, physical and mental health, prevention of communicable diseases, and prevention of harmful environmental influences, NIPH is institutionally directly under the Ministry of Health & Care Services. The Institute’s main goals are to: 1) be prepared for acute health threats; 2) advise and provide services that improve public health; 3) have an overview of the health of the population and factors influencing public health; and 4) gain knowledge of what causes common diseases and what gives people better health. In aiming to accomplish these aims, NIPH also collaborates with the World Health Organization, European Union, European Economic Area, sister institutions, universities, organizations, and health authorities in low- and middle-income countries on global health issues. Please see their website for more details.
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
The World Health Organization (WHO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, serves as the directing and coordinating authority for health in its capacity as a specialized agency of the United Nations system. WHO is focused on international public health, and among other duties, is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, directing the global health research agenda, and formulating evidence-informed policy alternatives. Please see their website for more details.