25th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, Vienna, April 2017 
“Directions for Health Promoting Health Care. Lessons from the past, solutions for the future”

In 2017, the annual International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (International HPH Conference) will be hosted by the Austrian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Care Institutions, which was already involved into previous International HPH Conferences. The conference venue will be the University of Vienna, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The title and focus of the 25th International HPH Conference will be “Directions for Health Promoting Health Care. Lessons from the past, solutions for the future”. Under this general theme, the conference will specifically focus on five sub-themes:

– Contributions of health care to mitigating and adapting to climate change
– Reorienting health services and systems: 30 years after the Ottawa Charter
-Celebrating achievements from the past, identifying challenges for the future
– The role of health promoting health care to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: steps towards 2030
– Transforming health care to empower and meet the health needs of refugees and migrants

more http://www.hphconferences.org/vienna2017/key-data.html


24th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEALTH PROMOTING HOSPITALS & HEALTH SERVICES, 2016. Διαβάστε τις δημοσιευμένες εργασίες του συνεδρίου εδώ http://www.hphconferences.org/connecticut2016/proceedings.html 

In 2016, the annual international HPH conference was hosted by the Connecticut HPH Network consisting of Planetree, Griffin Hospital and Yale-Griffin Research Center and will be held on Yale University campus.  U7690692106pon the suggestion of the local hosts, the Scientific Committee decided to focus the 24th International HPH Conference 2016 on “Creating a Culture of Health through Innovation and Partnership” – a topic that relates to the very core of HPH. Already the Ottawa Charter called for the reorientation of health services towards health promotion which can only be achieved by changing organizational culture. The conference is specifically focusing on the following three sub-themes:

Creating health promoting healthcare delivery systems through innovative partnerships in policy: Hospitals and health services do not act in a vacuum but their possibilities of reorientation are strongly influenced by their context, especially by supportive or hindering legal and financial frameworks that are largely shaped by health policy and healthcare financing mechanisms The conference will specifically discuss the following questions: How can representatives of HPH convince policy makers and financiers to create supportive conditions for health promotion? What arguments are useful to make the case for HPH? And who could be supportive allies in advocating HPH?

Involving professionals and clients in developing a health promoting organizational culture; In line with the settings approach in health promotion, organizational development has been a major HPH strategy since the founding of the network. Building up on achievements so far as well as on discussions during earlier HPH conferences, the congress in New Haven will especially ask: What can HPH learn from related initiatives such as Planetree or health literate healthcare organizations?  How can the participatory involvement of patients and community representatives be used as a lever to further develop HPH organizations? And, how can this help to better fit HP health services to the needs of their target groups?

Innovative health promoting direct service provision: Every patient is an individual – a circumstance that is increasingly being considered in the emerging field of individualized medicine. But what does this mean for further developing the structures and processes of health promoting service provision? How can professionals be empowered to adapt to the different needs of their patients? What strategies are available to use direct service provision to better promote patients’ health? How can these be supported by new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in an ethical way, and what is known about the contribution of health promoting direct service provision to healthcare quality?


10th European Public Health Conference ‘SUSTAINING RESILIENT & HEALTHY COMMUNITIES’

1 – 4 November 2017, StoUntitledckholmsmässan, Sweden

Many European communities face new challenges in the provision of preventive and curative services. Migration, ageing populations, climate change, political upheavals and austerity measures all threaten the provision of high quality and equitable services. People’s opportunities for a healthy life are closely linked to the socio-economic conditions in which they live. Resilient and empowered communities respond better to economic, social and environmental change.

Communities that remain disadvantaged also remain behind in health outcomes and other social determinants. People need to be empowered to manage their health more pro-actively, chose healthy lifestyles and make informed choices. The current problems in many European countries caused by the economic crisis coupled with structural changes in demography and disease patterns call for the reform and modernisation of public health, health services and social care systems.

The problems are set against a context of changing values and expectations on our social systems. Innovations – new combinations of practices and approaches developed to better address social needs and expectations – need to be developed and implemented throughout health and social care systems. New modes of collaboration between the public and privates sector are needed. Investing in people’s health helps improve the health of the population and contributes to productivity, employability and growth, factors essential to sustainable development and resilience of societies in times of challenging environmental and social changes. Reducing health inequalities contributes to social cohesion and breaks the vicious spiral of poor health and poor socio-economic condition.


– Sharing our common wealth: efficiency and equity trade-offs in welfare policies.
– Public health in a globalized world: Is Europe ready for the challenges?
– Winds of change: From public to private, from collective to individual: How can public health systems adapt to a changing world?
– Health systems under pressure.
– Planetary boundaries and health:how do they interact?

Abstract submission 1 February to 1 May 2017
Registration 1 April to 25 October 2017