Wellness Week 2023 Launch Event - September 11, Monday, 12.30 ET

Wellness Week 2023 Launch Event - September 11, Monday, 12.30 ET
Launch event


Wellness Week 2023, under the slogan The Care We Need, The Care We Want, seeks to generate awareness about care as a key element for health and well-being. This year, wellness week aims to rethink care to achieve more comprehensive and sustainable systems and a more equitable redistribution. Likewise, it seeks to raise awareness of the importance of a more intersectoral and participatory approach. Approaching care in this way will improve the health and well-being of all people since everyone needs care throughout their lives, especially women, since traditionally, all the burden has fallen on them, mainly among those in a situation of vulnerability.


This year's launch event occurs in Bogotá, Colombia, one of the five cities participating worldwide in the WHO/PAHO global project on urban governance for health and well-being. Within this framework, the event brings together mayors from various countries of the Region of the Americas to discuss what care we need and whether current policies are managing to meet the expectations of the population.

Although the role of national governments in generating more sustainable and equitable care systems is indisputable, local governments, thanks to their closeness to the people, can be key actors responding to the specific needs of each context, listening, identifying the existing vulnerabilities in the territory, and according to their different competencies, implementing public policies that comprehensively address care.

Where to watch

  • Place: Bogotá, Colombia
  • Time: 11:30 am (Bogotá) - Washington DC 12:30 pm - Brasilia, Buenos Aires 1:30 pm.
  • Broadcast: PAHO TV





12:30 - 12:50

Inauguration and Welcome

Alejandro Gómez López, Secretary of Health, Bogotá, Colombia

Jarbas Barbosa, Director, PAHO/WHO (virtual)

Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA

Gina Tambini, PAHO/WHO Colombia Representative

Ministry of Health, Colombia

12:50 - 13:30

Panel: Experiences of local governments in the implementation of care policies

Moderator: Gerry Eijkemans, Director, Departament of Social and Environmental Determinants for Health Equity, PAHO/WHO


Alicia Paz Rodriguez, Mayor of Carmen, Municipio de San Nicolás, Honduras

Sara Armella Rueda, Mayor of El Puente, Tarija, Bolivia

Yeimy Carolina Agudelo Hernández, Mayor of Kennedy, Colombia

13:30 - 13:40

Closing remarks

Claudia López, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia