44. IHF World Hospital Congress

All hospital and health service leaders from around the globe are invited to join the event on 2-5 November 2020 at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona. Click here to learn more about the event.

28th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, 19-21 October 2020

We are very pleased that the 28th International HPH Conference will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The focus of this years conference will be on the subject “Healthy Ageing in the Era of Innovative Technologies”.

The scheduled date for the conference in Seoul, Korea, will be 19-21 October, 2020.

Click here to learn more about this years conference.

Free Online Seminar: Cooperation between HPH Networks in the Baltic Sea Region


To enhance cooperation between the Baltic Sea region HPH-members and to share best practices for health promoting hosptials and health services, you are invited to participate in a free online seminar for health care development specialists, health promotion experts, and health managers. Presenters include the WHO Euro, The International HPH Secretariat, and network presentations from Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Finland, and Norway. View the programme here.

Click here to register! 

For more information, please contact Tuija Ylitörmänen at


Save the Date! The first Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (HPH) Seminar at the Baltic Sea Region, 8th− 9th October 2020

The HPH networks in the Baltic Sea region are invited to participate in the seminar to enhance cooperation between the  HPH-members and to share best practices for health promoting hospitals and health services.

The seminar will be held on 8th− 9th October 2020 in Helsinki, Finland. It is also possible to participate via videoconference.

Here you can find the preliminary programme.

For more information please contact

Webinar: Person-Centered Guidelines for Preserving Family Presence in Challenging Times

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, restrictions on family presence in hospitals, nursing homes and other care settings have become widespread. Many are warranted, but in some cases these restrictions are extreme and prevent the most vulnerable from having a familiar support person by their side during childbirth, at the end-of-life, and during pediatric emergencies.

Out of an abundance of caution and lacking clear guidance to support compassionate exceptions, many healthcare leaders and health authorities have applied universal restrictions on family presence – despite the fact that the physical presence of family, for some individuals, is essential.

Recognizing the considerable variation in family presence policies and practices, a global coalition of clinicians, policymakers, experts in quality, safety and infection control, and patient, resident, family and elder advocates convened recently to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations that provides direction on what constitutes responsible, compassionate family presence during – and in the aftermath of – a pandemic.

In this webinar, members of the coalition will present the Guidelines for Preserving Family Presence. They will be joined by leaders from acute care, behavioral health, pediatrics and long-term care from around the world who will provide practical guidance on how the family presence principles have been applied within their organization.

Click here to register and to learn more!

Livestream: How can health-promotive building design support health promotion in healthcare?

You are welcomed to join a livestream (16 June, 2020 at 13:00 CEST) of a PhD defence  given by Ms. Elke Miedema. Her work explores  perspectives on health promotion in healthcare settings from a building design perspective, i.e., health-promotive building design (HPBD). The results may contribute to discussions of the role of healthcare building design to support health promotion in healthcare (HPH) and thereby contribute to the development of healthier and more equitable communities.

To read the work, please use: link to thesis. To receive an invitiation to the livestream, link to the recorded thesis presentation, or a printed book, please fill out this form.






Webinar: Future-Proofing Health Care Through Climate Action

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Southeast Asia together with the Center for Environment and Population Health (CEPH) Griffith University Australia, and the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals (HPH) invite you to a webinar on World Environmental Day: Future- Proofing Health Care Through Climate Change on June 5, 2020 at 5:00-6:30 (CEST)/ 11:00-12:30 (GMT+8).

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous vulnerabilities within the healthcare system, public health emergency response, governance, and communities. Most importantly, it has taught us that our health and safety (including the planet’s) depends on collective action. In this light, we invite you to attend a virtual gathering of healthcare and climate action leaders in Southeast Asia and the Pacific to tackle the lessons learned in a webinar entitled “Future-proofing Healthcare through Climate Action.”

This webinar aims to tackle the following:

  • the link of climate, COVID-19 and health
  • an overview and highlights of hospital climate action
  • how to rapidly implement climate action in an age of uncertainty
  • the opportunity to strengthen collaboration and partnership in our region

For more information visit the event’s website here!

To register for the event, please click the poster below, or send an email to

To learn more about how the HPH network addresses the challenges of climate change, visit our Task Force Page on HPH & Environment.

6th International Conference on Salutogenesis – Postponed!

Postponement due to Corona! New date coming soon!

The Sixth International Conference on Salutogenesis on the subject “Advancing Salutogenesis towards thriving societies“

The conference will build on the four areas of advancement:

  • How to advance the overall salutogenic model of health
  • How to advance the concept of sense of coherence, SoC
  • How to design salutogenic interventions and change processes in complex systems
  • How to apply Salutogenesis beyond the health sector

Click here for more information about the conference.