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Ideas Positive calls on youth to join the conversation on public health

With the goal of engaging the youth to build a healthier Philippines, this year’s forum will tackle the youth’s contribution in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and discussing how all these goals are connected to better health.


In celebration of the International Youth Day this August, Ideas Positive (IP) will hold the third Youth Forum on Public Health (IPYFPH). It is set to be the largest gathering of youth leaders, discussing pressing public health issues that affect society. It will be held on August 12 and 13, 2018, at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City, Philippines.


With the goal of engaging the youth to build a healthier Philippines, this year’s forum will tackle the youth’s contribution in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and discussing how all these goals are connected to better health.


The Forum is open to youth aged 15 to 30 years old and young professionals in the Philippines and Southeast Asian countries, from the field of public health, governance, and development.

What can you expect at IPYFPH 2018?

The two-day event will include plenary talks from invited speakers and experts on public health, coming from the United Nations, United Nations Development Programme Philippines, and ASEAN Foundation.

There will also be breakout sessions, tackling different #GlobalGoals and their relation to health. Delegates can attend up to three breakout sessions.

Day 1 of the Forum will provide participants different ways to be part in the public health conversation.

  • Delegates may join the Public Health Debates, to discuss public health issues with their fellow youth.

  • At the Health and Tech Expo, participants can exhibit their innovative and creative contributions to public health; and

  • Youth organizations can showcase their health-related advocacy and activities at Advocacy Booths.

  • Young researchers may share their findings in the Health Research Presentation.

  • Campus journalists and budding writers can join the Health Journalism competition to express their opinions about a public health topic;

  • At Rapid Health Talks the youth can share their ideas on improving the health landscape of the country.

From local to global

One of the highlights of Day 2 is the Ideas Positive Run 8 Grand Finals Presentation. Five of the 17 National Finalist teams of Ideas Positive Run 8 will present their project’s outcomes, after six months of project implementation in their communities.


Their projects range from innovative solutions on geriatric care in Ilocos Norte to mental health awareness among the youth in Marawi City. These are testament to the youth’s capability to contribute to nation-building. Much can be learned from their experiences, as the teams have created local solutions that have the potential for scale-up in other communities even outside the Philippines.


As the country’s premier youth engagement program on health, IP will also hold a special session for the newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan officials, with the goal of helping them create effective and sustainable health projects.

Who should join IPYFPH?

Students, professionals and out-of-school youth aged 15 to 30 are welcome to join. The registration fee is priced at 2500 PHP (50 USD) for students and 3500 PHP (70 USD) for professionals, inclusive of meals, a conference kit and a certificate of attendance.

IPYFPH is spearheaded by Ideas Positive, the country’s premier youth engagement program of Unilab Foundation, Inc. Ideas Positive was established in 2012, with the aim of engaging the youth to create innovative solutions for public health issues in communities. Now on its eighth run, IP has engaged over 37,000 youth, helping them transform more than 150 communities and touching the lives of more than 1.7 million Filipinos nationwide.


The Forum is supported by its partners: Sun Life Foundation, National Youth Commission, United Nations Development Programme Philippines, University of the Philippines Visayas University Student Council, University of San Agustin Student Council, STEM.ph, Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Iloilo Doctors College Supreme Student Council, University of the Philippines Visayas Debate Society, and OPPO Philippines.


For more details and registration information for IPYFPH, visit www.ipyfph2018.org.

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