[Event Report] NCDs-related Cross-project Meeting: The 2nd Meeting on Non-Communicable Disease in Hokkaido and Tohoku (March 15, 2024)

Health and Global Policy Institute (HGPI)’s Kidney Disease Control Promotion Project, Obesity Control Promotion Project, and Cardiovascular Disease Control Promotion Project jointly held the “2nd meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Hokkaido and Tohoku”. This meeting aimed at enhancing the understanding of NCDs, which require intervention and management across sectors in the community and workplaces. The meeting also discussed how NCDs measures should be tailored to local conditions and characteristics, as well as to promote the horizontal development of policies across the community. The event provides the opportunity to foster a network among local governments for further promotion of NCDs policy in the region.

After lectures were conducted by specialists in kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, participants shared good practices and discussed issues and future prospects of NCDs management in each municipality.

The discussion points of the group discussion are as follows.

Issue 1: What are more effective methods and approaches to recommend health checkups to the target population, given the limitations of the current administrative recommendation for health checkups?
Issue 2: What should be the role of prefectures, municipalities, and public health centers, and how should cross-disease collaboration within each municipality be organized?
Issue 3: How can obesity, which is expected to be newly addressed, be integrated into regional measures against cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and diabetes?

Group discussions and a reception held after the meeting provided a lively exchange of opinions and information among the participants.


[Event Overview]


[Program] (Titles omitted)

Part I: Latest trend and topics on Non-communicable Diseases

13:00-13:10 Opening Remarks and Explanatory Introduction

Eri Yoshimura (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

 13:10-13:50 Lecture 1 “Treatment of cardiovascular diseases in the aging and multimorbidity society”

Satoshi Yasuda (Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine)

13:50-14:30 Lecture 2 “Obesity disease”

Yasushi Ishigaki (Professor, Division of Diabetes, Metabolism and Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, Iwate Medical University)

14:30-15:10 Lecture 3 “Kidney Disease Control”

Mariko Miyazaki (Associate Professor, Division of Nephrology, Rheumatology and Endocrinology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine)

15:10-15:20 Break (10 minutes)

Part II: Group Discussion

15:20-16:55 Group Discussion by Administrative Officers
Theme “Lessons Learned, Challenges and Future Prospects in NCDs Control in Local Governments”

Sharing best practices (in no particular order): Akita prefecture, Miyagi prefecture and Sendai city

Haruka Sakamoto (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)
Eri Yoshimura (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

16:55-17:00 Summary of Discussion and Closing remarks

Haruka Sakamoto (Senior Manager, Health and Global Policy Institute)

17:00-17:30 Receptions and Networking

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