WHO Collaborating Center 

The work in the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Based Health Promotion in Hospitals & Health Services (WHO CC) follows the principles of WHO regarding Health Promotion (HP). The WHO CC aims at basing HP on the evidence platform in the same way as any other clinical interventions, according to its Terms of Reference with the WHO.

The WHO CC relates to the work of WHO and of other WHO CCs by collaborating closely with all regional offices, the many nations, regions, and individual members of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (The International HPH Network). 




The WHO Collaborating Center:

  • Supports WHO’s efforts towards implementation of HP strategies aimed at patients, staff, and community.
  • Supports the development, implementation, and follow-up of HP strategies, standards for quality management of HP, documentation and registration of clinical HP and related reimbursement, clinical guidelines, education programmes, and research.
  • Provides clinical health services research regarding models for systematic documentation, registration and monitoring of HP activities to reduce inequity in health.
  • Has documentary output including scientific papers, text books and reports, interactive website and facilities, list of teaching activities, publications, evaluations including a public clinical quality database on the effect of smoking cessation, annual progress reports, direct evaluation of teaching and training as well as fulfilment of regional research goals.
  • Creates new evidence and facilitates exchange of knowledge and dissemination of evidence-based HP and best practice.
  • Ensures continuity of the work by written procedures and work plans, collaboration with other national and international partners (hospital management, Ministries of Health etc.), HPH Governance Board, HPH General Assembly, National/Regional Networks and HPH Members, WHO CCs, and by competent staff and leadership.
  • Performs Summer, Autumn, and Winter Schools as well as pre- and postgraduate teaching and training in evidence-based HP.


The activities

All of the above-mentioned points facilitate implementation and access to HP, disease prevention, and rehabilitation, which are fundamental means to achieve equity in health. The activities of the WHO CC are grouped into four main areas: