Wico Mulder (1973) studied Medical Biology & Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and gained a masters and medical specialisation in Public Health.
He has been working as a youth healthcare physician at the Amsterdam Public Health Center for ten years and has a special interest in integrative medicine and prevention with respect to the healthy physical and mental development of adolescents.
He is and has been involved in setting up and running several innovations, initiatives, publications and research projects in order to realize better youth public (mental) health care (e.a. youth physician adolescents, @ease, m@zl and jouwggd.nl). Since april 1st 2019, he is working as a senior medical advisor (changemaker) at the Dutch National Knowledge and Innovation Center for Youth Health Care.
The art of making prevention work in youth health (from urgence to essence)
What makes people change their behaviour and jump for joy rather than stay in “pain”. For most people, including doctors and policymakers, prevention is less tangible than treatment.
It’s much easier to picture treating someone with a depression than it is to imagine altering the complex threads that determine whether a person will overcome this state of mind”.
It’s often easier to give a person a pill (that is hardly ever altering the cause) than working towards changing fundamental habbits. In my keynote “The art of making prevention work in youth health (from urgence to essence)”.
I will talk about (the need) of population based prevention versus the high risk (curative) strategy approach and the role of serious gaming.