Prof. Dr. Luis Saboga-Nunes

Associate Guest Professor

E-Mail luis.saboga-nunes(at)ph-freiburg.de

    Health and Medical Sociology
    Salutogenesis
    Public Health
    Health Promotion
    Healthy life Styles and Health Literacy - empowerment

Health paradigms

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

Luís Saboga Nunes, (LSN) (Lic Soc, MPH, PhD) 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” @ www.deixar.net  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 www.literacia-saude.info 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.

For detailed information please go to  www.saboga.net

Current research interests

    The origins of health (salutogenesis) and Health Literacy
    Society and health: sociological paradigms
    Society and ill-health: Smoking Prevention and Cessation
    Health promotion, intervention and community epidemiology
    Life styles and salutogenesis
    health, mhealth, and empowerment

Other perspectives and functions

    President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) Health Promotion Section  
    Certified European Health Promotion Practitioner (EuHP) by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).
    International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) - Global Working Group on Health Literacy (GWG-HL)
    International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) - Global Working Group GWG on Salutogenesis (GWG-SoC)
    CNPq: Centro Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, Diretorio de Grupos de Pesquisa no Brasil Lattes: (ProLiSaBr) PROmoção em Comunicação, educação e LIteracia para a SAúde no BRasil
    Associação Portuguesa de Sociologia
    Associação Portuguesa de Promoção da Saúde

 

Since the beginning of my work as a health sociologist, I am committed to procure the articulation between the origins of health and of a sustainable society where quality of life and wellness are key topics. The question has been "salus - unde venis?"

My 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. As a Public Health teacher I have been actively engaged in the creation and implementation of teaching modules such as "Sociology of Health and Public health", "Demography and Public Health" or “Healthy Life Styles: from Theory to Practice”. My teaching focus on the course implemented at the National School of Public Health of Lisbon “Health Paradigms, Salutogenesis and Public Health” 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. I was also responsible for the development and implementation of several post-graduate courses, including “Smoking Prevention and Cessation” training for health professionals, Master Program of Health Promotion (credited by the IUHPE).
My research interest has focused on theoretical and evidence-based good practice in public health, health promotion and health literacy. As a researcher and health promoter, I have been committed to the development of salutogenic applications in which information and knowledge management are key elements in easing the everyday burden of health professionals and also promote citizens’ health literacy. My 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. The question here is "salus - quo vadis?" How life styles changes are achieved towards health creation, has been a major area of activity and implementation on the realm of sustainable living. Consequently sociology has given me the tools to start to move beyond the metaphor of life to the very essence of health. …!

Saboga-Nunes L. Perspectives on salutogenesis of scholars writing in Portuguese.  In: Mittelmark MB, Sagy S, Eriksson M, Bauer GF, Pelikan JM, Lindström B, et al., editors. The handbook of salutogenesis. Geneva: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 415-422. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-04600-6_46. ISBN 978-3-319-04599-3 [Aplicar título de acordo com o ISBN no projeto Citavi] [Titel anhand dieser ISBN in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen]

Saboga-Nunes L, Freitas O, Cunha M. Renasceres: um modelo para a construção da cidadania em saúde através da literacia para a saúde. Revista Servir. 2016;59(1):7-16.

Marques A, Martins J, Peralta M, Catunda R, Saboga-Nunes L. European adults' physical activity socio-demographic correlates: a cross-sectional study from the European Social Survey. PeerJ. 2016;4:e2066. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2066 [Aplicar título de acordo com o DOI no projeto Citavi] [Titel anhand dieser DOI in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen] . doi.org/10.7717/peerj.2066 [Aplicar tí­tulo de acordo com o DOI no projeto Citavi] [Titel anhand dieser DOI in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen]

Saboga-Nunes L, Cavalheiro G, Correia S, Santos A, Pinheiro P, Bauer U, et al. Adolescent’s health literacy as a buffer in a crises context of legionella outbreak in Portugal (CRADLISA Project HLS-EU-PT). In: Carmo M, editor. Proceedings: END 2015. Lisbon: W.I.A.R.S; 2015. p. 184–188. International Conference on Education and New Developments, Porto, Portugal, 27–29 June 2015. ISBN: 978-989-99389-2-2 [Aplicar título de acordo com o ISBN no projeto Citavi] [Titel anhand dieser ISBN in Citavi-Projekt übernehmen] .

Saboga-Nunes L, Orkan O, Pinheiro P, Bauer U, Bittlingmayer UH, Sahrai D. The sense of coherence and its impact in the building process of health literacy in adolescents. [abstract/oral communication]. European Journal of Public Health. 26 : suppl 1 (2016):68. European Public Health Conference, 9, Viena, 9-12  November 2016. ISSN 1464-360X

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