Knowledge & Innovation

COMING SOON! The HPH e-Learning  and Implementation Platform

To foster learning opportunities, the International HPH Network will set up an eLearning and Implementation Platform. The aim is to create engaging content through audio-visuals and make learning materials available to all members. The course will all feature an implementation platform that will encourage direct application of the course modules in a collaborative learning project. This new programme will be aligned with the new HPH strategy and umbrella standards and reflect the global diversity of the network with real best-practice cases.

Task Forces

HPH Task Forces are issue-specific teams with specific expertise within the framework of the general aims of the International HPH Network. They work according to terms of references and related action plans and constitute a reference for technical, organizational, and scientific support for specific issues of health promotion.

HPH Task Force on Migration, Equity & Diversity

The purpose of the Task Force on Migration, Equity & Diversity is to support member organisations in developing policies, systems and competences for the provision and delivery of accessible health care to patients from diverse populations. To this end, a set of Standards for equity in health care were developed and pilot tested in several countries. The Task Force aims to develop strategies to ensure the effective implementation of standards for equity and the identification and sharing of good practices and innovative ideas.


Task Force Leader: Antonio Chiarenza, Emilia Romagna, Italy

E-mail address:

HPH & Environment

To address the challenges of climate change HPH supports integrative eco-friendly approach and established the Task Force on HPH & Environment to tackle climate change mitigation and adaptation issues. For the past years the Task Force continued to adopt the concepts and strategies recommended by the global literature, such as climate change adaptation (CCA), mitigation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and preparedness and actively engage and contribute in the global climate discussion.


Task Force Leader: Ming-Nan Lin, Taiwan

E-mail address:

HPH and Age-Friendly Health Care

The Task Force on HPH & Age-friendly Health Care was established with an aim to develop and disseminate an international age-friendly framework to help healthcare organizations adapt their structures and processes  to deliver older-people-centered integrated care that best meets the unique needs of senior patients towards active & healthy aging.


Task Force Leader: Shu-Ti Chiou, Taiwan

E-mail address:

HPH Task Force on Implementation and Monitoring of Standards

Many countries have been working extensively with implementation of the present HPH Standards for Health Promoting Hospitals and Health services. To facilitate implementation in HPH member hospitals and health services and for further development, documentation and dissemination of evidence-based health promotion a new Task Force on Implementation and monitoring was established.


Task Force Leader: Manel Santiñà, Spain

E-mail address:

HPH Task Force on Children and Adolescents

The aim of the Task Force on Health Promotion with Children and Adolescents is to promote childrens and adolescents’ health by involving them in the development and evaluation of healthcare policy and services. We aim to promote good practices and support the monitoring systems of children’s right to health in healthcare settings by addressing the needs of children and adolescents from vulnerable groups and facilitating knowledge exchange in relation to child rights and child health needs.


Task Force Leader: Ilaria Simonelli, Italy

E-mail address:

Click here to access archived Task Force/ Working Group pages (from the former website).

Working Groups

The HPH Working Groups are organized as a project with a defined period of time and clear deliverables contributing towards the achievement of the overall International HPH Network’s objectives.

HPH and Patient and Family Engaged Health Care

Patient and family engaged care is care planned, delivered, managed, and continuously improved in active partnership with patients and their families (or care partners as defined by the patient) to ensure integration of their health and health care goals, preferences, and values. It includes explicit and partnered determination of goals and care options, to the extent possible and desired by the patient, and it requires ongoing assessment of the care match with patient goals. The aim of the working group is to develop a systematic strategy to involve patients, families and citizens in health promoting healthcare for the HPH by using both the New Haven Recommendations (HPH, 2016) and the National Academy of Medicine Publication: Harnessing Evidence and Experience to Change Culture (2017).


Working group Leader: Susan Frampton, Connecticut, USA

E-mail address:

HPH and Health Literate Health Care Organizations

Health Literacy matters for people’s health and also for their usage and outcomes of health care as patients. Persons with limited health literacy are less likely to use preventive services, request treatment at later stages, and have more hospitalization, higher risks of treatment errors and sub-optimal treatment outcomes as compared to persons with better health literacy. This is not only the result of limited personal health literacy of patients, but also of the high demands and complexity of health service organizations. Therefore, IOM developed Ten Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization and WHO-Europe recommended in its Health Literacy – The Solid Facts regular measurement not only of population’s but also of organizational health literacy.

An international working group on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Literate Organizations was initiated within Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Network (HPH) to develop an international, state of the art self-assessment instrument on organizational health literacy in hospitals. The working group is led by the WHO-CC Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care at the Austrian Institute of Public Health, Vienna / Austria.

This new instrument is based on the original Vienna Model of the Health Literate Hospital and instrument, considering growing research and recent developments within the scientific community. It is now freely available as International Self-Assessment Tool for Organizational Health Literacy (Responsiveness) of Health Care Organizations (Hospitals). The tool offers 8 standards, each segmented in sub-standards and operationalized by a total of more than 150 indicators. It comes with a procedure for implementing the self-assessment.

Next steps planned are translations of the tool into other languages and piloting in different countries.  All the findings of national piloting will then be collected and analyzed to produce an improved international, generic version of the tool which can then be used for benchmarking among different regions and different health care systems. The members of the working group will support adaptation, translation and piloting of this comprehensive tool in various countries and health care contexts.

The tool will also be taken up by the Action Network Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy (M-POHL) of the European Health Information Initiative (EHII) of WHO-Europe.


Working group chair:

Working group coordinator and focal point:


Click here to check out more related content (from the previous website –>please scroll down).

Join us in working and collaborating in the HPH Task Forces or Working Groups!

Should you be interested in joining a Task Force or a Working Group please contact the International HPH Secretariat.