Biography - Luís Saboga Nunes, (LSN) (Lic Soc, MPH, PhD)

European Health Promotion Practitioner (EuHP) by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

LSN is a health sociologist and a Public Health teacher. He is President of EUPHA Health Promotion Section and a certified European Health Promotion Practitioner (EuHP) by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

LSN has been actively engaged in the creation and implementation of the first Master Program of Health Promotion in Portugal (today credited by the IUHPE). His teaching activities have been related to sociology of health and ill-health, health promotion and health policy at different courses and programs like the Master of Public Health, Master of Health Management or Doctoral Program of Public Health at the National School of Public Health in Lisbon. He developed and implemented teaching modules such as "Sociology of Health and Public Health", "Demography and Public Health" or “Healthy Life Styles: from Theory to Practice”. He was also responsible for the development and implementation of several post-graduate courses, including “Smoking Prevention and Cessation” training for health professionals. His research interest has focused on theoretical and evidence-based good practice in public health, health promotion and health literacy, extensively discussed in the course that he has developed and implemented: “Health Paradigms, Salutogenesis and Public Health”. This has been the natural context for the discussion of the salutogenesis paradigm and for its establishment within specific public health interventions where health promotion is at stake. As a researcher and health promoter, he has contributed to the development of several applications in which information and knowledge management are key elements in easing the everyday burden of health professionals and also promote citizens’ health literacy. His publishing endeavor has concentrated on channeling knowledge from breakthroughs in scientific research into health literacy and on facilitating the assimilation of these innovations by the public domain. Coaching life styles changes has been a major area of activity and implementation. He did his PhD research focusing on ehealth literacy instruments and citizens’ health empowerment. He is the author of the health promotion program that focuses on health literacy to help smokers quit smoking "renasceres” @  This program is authenticated with the seal of quality of the international organization “HonCode” based in Geneva, Switzerland. This is one more example of how he has devoted himself to knowledge translation, having produced more than 100 articles focusing translational scientific knowledge to the main public, targeting health promotion. He has been a member (representing Portugal) of the group that meet in Zurich in 2007 where the foundation for the research of the evaluation of health literacy in Europe was set (HLS-EU) where he was a collaborating partner. He has participated actively in several national and international meetings like, for instance, the European Health Literacy Conference (Brussels, 2011) that presented results of the European Health Literacy Survey project. He was a member of the scientific committee of European Health Literacy Conferences that took place in Aarhus (2014), Denmark and in Brussels (2015). He is member of the scientific committee of the HLCA consortium, based in Germany for the research of children and adolescents health promotion and increment of health literacy. His contribution to the development of health literacy research has led to the authorized translation and validation to Portuguese of the European Health Literacy Survey HLS-EU-PT®, and he is concentrated in an articulation with the German HLCA consortium on strengthening the Portuguese network for the promotion of health literacy In 2016 he co-organized in Curitiba, Brazil, the Pre-Conference that launched the health literacy topic in the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) world conference; co-organized and participated in the first Health Literacy summer school in Germany at the University of Freiburg. In 2016 he was elected President for the Health Promotion Section of European Public Health Association (EUPHA) during the 9th European Public Health conference in Vienna.

LSN for several years have been active in health promotion teaching, training and interacting with health professionals and the public at different settings. These include primary health care units, hospitals, elderly care institutions, schools or workplaces.

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