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 - Migration, Equity & Diversity (Antonio Chiarenza, IT)


The Task Force on Migration, Equity & Diversity (TF MED) was established in December 2016 within the international network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH). It is continuing the work carried out by the Task Force on Migrant Friendly & Culturally Competent Healthcare (TF MFCCH 2005-2016), which was a successor to the Migrant Friendly Hospitals project (MFH 2002-2004).

The purpose of the TF MED 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 by the TF MFCCH and pilot tested in several countries. The new TF MED aims at developing strategies to ensure the effective implementation of the Standards for Equity and the identification and sharing of good practices and innovative ideas.

During the last four years the TF has worked on a project aimed at developing a comprehensive framework for measuring and monitoring the capacity of health care organisations to improve accessibility and quality of care for migrants and other vulnerable groups.

To this end a set of Standards for Equity in health care were developed and pilot tested in several countries.

HPH members interested to join the TF-MED can contact the Chair of the TF: 

Antonio ChiarenzaRegional HPH Network of Emilia-Romagna, Direzione Generale AUSL of Reggio Emilia 

Health Promotion with Children & Adolescents (Ilaria Simonelli, IT)

The Task Force on Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents by Hospitals (HPH-CA) was set up in April 2004 and is composed by 28 members from 16 European countries, 5 non-European countries, from one European Net-work. The Task Force mandate includes the Promotion of the respect of children’s rights in hospitals, the Mapping and evaluation of current practices of health promotion; the Elaboration of health promotion tools. 


According to the philosophy of the Health Promoting Hospitals movement and its most recent orientations and experiences, the HPH-CA Task force and the related Working group is developing a project aiming to apply HPH principles and criteria to the specific issues of children and adolescents, providing an organic conceptual and operational framework. 

For more information contact the Task Force Leader Ilaria Simonelli.


HPH & Environment (Ming-Nan Lin, TW)

Environment related mortality stems from a multitude of factors - including unsafe water, air pollution, waste disposal, toxic substances and so forth. The health care sector plays a major part in global environment, and thus we, as health professionals, can make a real change for the better. Hospitals are among the most intensive energy-consuming buildings and byproducts of health care industries include toxins, hazardous substances, polluted water, massive amounts of waste etc.

The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH) focuses on actively promoting the health of patients, staff, communities and environment – wherever possible and however possible. Doing so naturally entails harnessing the tremendous positive potential inherent in furthering a more environmentally friendly health care sector globally. In light of the critical need for further development, documentation and dissemination of evidence-based environmental activities and initiatives in hospital and health service settings, the HPH Environment Task Force has been established.  


Join us!

Together we move towards shaping green hearts to become leaders, advocate for green mind and trigger the motivation of change across the globe.

For more information go to the Task Force homepage

HPH & Age-Friendly Health care (Shu-Ti Chiou, TW)

The population in Taiwan is aging. By 2012, people aged 65 and over occupies 11.2% of the population. Senior persons are important users of health care. Evidences have shown that health service utilization can impose risk to/or add health gain for senior persons. We aim to develop a framework of age-friendly health care and help hospitals and health services identify their weaknesses, develop action plan, and continuously improve themselves to meet senior persons’ needs and expectations.

Taiwan’s framework was based on the WHO principles of age-friendly healthcare, the Standards for Health Promotion in Hospitals, and the Elder-Friendly Hospital Initiative in Canada. It consists of 4 standards (i.e. management policy, communication and services, care processes, physical environment), 11 sub-standards and 60 measurable elements. After being pilot-tested and validated, the recognition of “age-friendly hospitals and health services” was officially launched in 2010. Hospitals interested should take self-assessment, which includes 60 measurable elements for internal improvement, and an expert on-site visit by 3 surveyors will be arranged for a performance review on these items.

Join us! Fill out the registration form and return it to Mr. Yung-Hung CHANG or Mr. Liang-Ron OU

For more information go to the Task Force Homepage

Working groups

The HPH Working Groups are periodically assembled teams with specific expertise within the framework of the general aims of the International HPH Network. They work in a more unformalized way than Task Forces, and they constitute a reference for technical, organizational, and scientific support for specific issues of Health Promotion.


HPH and Patient and Family Engaged Health Care 

WG leader: Susan Frampton, Connecticut, USA

Email address: sframpton@planetree.org

The aim of the working group is to develop a systematic strategy to involve patients, families and citizens in health promoting healthcare for the International
Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services(HPH Network) by using both:

  • the New Haven Recommendations, a 2016 publication of

  • the HPH Network, and

  • the National Academy of Medicine 2017 publication:

  • Harnessing Evidence and Experience to Change Culture: A

  • Guiding Framework for Patient and Family Engaged Care

Report from HPH and Patient and Family Engaged HEalth Care at HPH GEneral Assembly 2018 in Bologna

New Haven Recommendation on partnering with patients, families and citizens to enhance performance and quality in health promoting hospitals and health services

HPH and Health Literate Health Care Organizations (HPH & HLO)


WG leader:  Prof. Jürgen M. Pelikan, Austria

E-mail address:  Juergen.pelikan@goeg.at


Terms of Reference:

1. Adaptation to and translation of tools and indicators for different health care contexts based upon the “Vienna Concept of a Health Literate Health Care Organization (V-HLO)” and recent developments for monitoring, benchmarking and improving organizational HL in health care.

2. Giving examples on best evidence practices of HLO related to HPH models and tools (evidence, staff competences and patient preferences).

3. Disseminate best practice examples of HLO and HPH models and tools through the International HPH Network

4. Support the increase of health professionals’ competence on health literate health care.

5. Establishing a database for health literate hospitals and health services programs.


Proposal: working group for HPH and Health Literate Health Care Organizations (HPH & HLO)