2021 Annual Report

Dear HPH Community, The first HPH annual report is here! We are very excited to present our work and achievements for 2021 to members and supporters of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services. The report is organized based on three overarching goals that are defined in the Global HPH Strategy 2021-2025. What else is in the report?
  • Statements from our Chair and CEO
  • The new definition of HPH
  • a Detailed overview of our progress made in 2021
  • Links to the new HPH Brochure
  • Plans for 2022!

Click here to read the full report!


Cooperation Announcement: HPH & Health Care Without Harm

International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services cooperation with Health Care Withouth Harm. Green Hospitals Net-Zero Healthcare worldwide. White globe with green countries and a stethescope.

The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services (HPH) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) are proud to announce a new strategic partnership in which we have joined forces to improve healthcare delivery by well managed hospitals to optimize health gain for patients, staff, and the community. With a common set of goals, our partnership will work towards sharing and developing new knowledge, skills, and resources for hospitals and health services to adapt practices that reduce their environmental footprints.

“Through our partnership with Health Care Without Harm we will create a synergy to amplify the common goals of our networks.  We know Healthcare without Harm to be a global leader in recognizing and developing tools for healthcare services to support environmental health. With the release of our 2020 Standards, our partnership will provide our 600+ members with the tools needed to address the climate crisis and to promote health in their local community, by adopting best practices on the path towards net-zero emission health care.”

Dr. Oliver Groene, CEO of the International HPH Network

“It becomes increasingly evident that the health and wellbeing of people and their communities rests on the provision of a high quality natural environment. Hospitals and health services can show leadership by taking action to improve environmental quality for the good of patients, staff and the wider population. By joining forces with HPH we hope to advance environmental and human health more rapidly across an expanding network of hospitals and care providers, and make sustainability a mainstay of the way healthcare is delivered across the world”

William Clark, Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm Europe

About the International HPH Network

HPH’s mission is to work as a global leader, advocate, innovator, researcher, and trusted partner to accelerate the reorientation of health systems and services towards improving health, wellbeing, and health equity outcomes for patients and those who care for them, staff, and populations served, and to support sustainable societies. HPH’s vision is for hospitals and health services to orient their governance models, structures, processes, and culture to optimize health gains of patients, staff and populations served and to support sustainable societies.

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About Health Care Without Harm

HCWH’s mission is to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.  HCWH is a network of thousands of hospitals, healthcare leaders and healthcare professionals, with members across the globe. From individuals championing sustainability in their workplaces to large hospitals pushing for sustainable practices, we stand side-by-side, sharing insights, inspiration, and innovation – and transforming how our healthcare systems work.

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29th HPH GA Meeting

The 29th Meeting of the HPH General Assembly met on November 19th, 2021 and concluded with National and Regional HPH Coordinators and participants from Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan!

What was discussed? Highlights include:

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our newly-elected Governance Board Member, Dr. Ralph Harlid, MD PhD (Sweden). You can read more about Dr. Harlid and the rest of our Governance Board here.

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Dr. Oliver Groene, to speak at IHF’s World Hospital Congress

Dr. Oliver Groene, CEO of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, will speak on behalf of HPH in a parallel session at the International Hospital Federation’s 44th World Hospital Congress from 8-11 November in Barcelona, Spain.

During the session, How COVID-19 impacted universal health care: perspectives from global NGOs, major international NGOs will explore how the spread of COVID-19 has affected efforts to increase universal healthcare services and increased existing inequalities in healthcare delivery across the globe.

The 44th World Hospital Congress is an international gathering of leaders of hospitals, health services, and other healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of policy, management, financial trends, and solutions.

Join us! For a detailed program and registration information, follow this link:

Remembering Prof. Johannes Vang (1931 – 2021)

In remembrance of Prof. Johannes Vang (03.01.1931 – 15.05.2021) the HPH community reflects on his significant contributions towards initiating the International and Swedish HPH Networks:


Dr. Oliver Groene, CEO of the International HPH Secretariat:

I had the privilege to meet Prof Vang during my appointment at WHO, where I worked as a young professional and – amongst other things – was responsible for the coordination of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals. I remember my discussion with Prof Vang still quite lucidly, meeting him in the context of a conference on health promotion. We talked about various research themes in relation to the development of standards for health promoting hospitals and Prof Vang was very supportive of the work that we were conducting then at WHO. As a senior academic he grasped every nuance of my plans in a split-second and rather than responding to my questions directly, he directed me in the best style of Socrates to the broader themes underpinning my ideas, and thus had an important impact on my thinking. Even twenty years later I still remember some of the questions that Prof Vang encouraged me to reflect on. Two of these are still extremely relevant today. The first point was the observation that most hospital performance statistics were no different if all patients died after discharge! The main reflection here was that, whilst progress in medical science has been remarkable in the last twenty years, hospitals – and most professionals working in hospitals – are still very much focused on processes that cause disease, rather than those that create health, and that hospitals have little impact over what happens with a person after he/she leaves the building. We now know that a huge amount of waste in health care is associated with the lack of prevention, lack of health orientation and highly fragmented care delivery. This observation has taken me to conduct an international comprehensive hospital performance assessment programme whilst at WHO and to continue an academic career in health services research using data-base linked national audits to investigate quality-of-care pathways. The second observation, and perhaps an implication causally linked to the first, is that in order to assess health care performance we should also ask patients through the rating of Patient-Reported Outcome Measures. This is again an idea that has become a very topical discussion in health services, both in the research context but also in implementation and indeed in the broader health care industry. The idea of assessing the quality through PROMs is fascinating and I am delighted that I can take this idea forward in a current international study with the OECD on the assessment of over 20 country health systems using a combination of PROM and PREMs (patient-experience measures). I am sure that Prof Vang “planted” numerous ideas in young researchers´ and managers´  brains which  provide a rich heritage to his work and continue to inform research, improve practice and most importantly have an impact on the lives of the people working in health care settings, or recovering from illness. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Prof Vang.

Mila García-Barbero:

When I arrived in Copenhagen in 1991 Johannes was in charge of hospitals and as I was the technical officer for Human Resources Development, our lives only cross in the corridors of the office,  but nevertheless his presence was noticeable. He radiates security, personality, and knowledge. He was what we would define as a gentleman.

We started working together when I became the Regional Adviser of Health Care Services which included primary care and hospitals. His knowledge on the field contributed to the support of the programmes and the development of the hospital policies in Europe which were very much needed with the collapse of the USSR.  We did not agree all the time, but always reached an agreement based in the and analysis of the situation and what we thought was best for the project or the country, his Ideas and points of view were always enlightening. The time has given him the reason on his innovative ideas.

He was a great professional and a great person.  It was an honor to know and work with him.


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Click here to read more about the development of the HPH Network and Prof. Vang’s contributions.

Call for Abstracts open! 28th International Conference on HPH

The call for abstracts is open for the 28th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services. Topics within this year’s confernce theme,” Development of health-oriented health care management systems,” as well as those related to the new 2020 Standards for Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services and those related to the HPH Task Forces and Working Groups are welcomed.

The deadline for abstract submission is May 16, 2021, 6 p.m. CET. Submitters will be informed about the acceptance of their abstracts until August 16, 2021.

Cick here for more information and to visit the conference website

HPH Supports IHF in honoring institutions that have gone #BeyondtheCallofDuty

The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services joins the International Hospital Federation in recognizing extraordinary hospitals, heath service providers and healthcare workers who have gone beyond the call of duty amid the coronavirus pandemic. Special recognition is being given to over 100 hospitals from 28 countries who have shown agility and initiative despite facing this extreme challenge.

Among these hospitals include the Manila Doctors Hospital in the Philippines who trained their healthcare works in Filipino Sign language to make sure that the deaf community could overcome communication barriers despite wearing masks. Click here to view the full list of recognized organizations and read more about their innovative solutions to fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full statement here.


Productive meeting of HPH members in the Baltic Sea Region

HPH Networks in the Baltic Sea Region had a very productive (virtual) meeting with members from  Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Finland, and Norway. Members exchanged best practice and ideas for further collaboation opportunities.

A highlight was a keynote speech given by Dr. Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat, from WHO-Euro in which attendees learned about the restructuring of the WHO-Euro’s European programme of work, four priorities guiding activities for the next five years, and the hospital and health services’ roles in these actions.

Thank you to the Finnish HPH Network for hosting the meeting and for making all presentations available on their website!

To view these, please follow the link:

Joint Statement with Planetree International on Preserving Family Presence During Pandemics

The International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services and Planetree International participated in a ‘pop-up’ coalition of over 60 organizations to preserve family presence during pandemics. The international group represented patient and long-term care advocates, quality and safety professions, and global healthcare policy makers. To view the guidelines and read the full statement, follow this link:

HPH Planetree Joint Statement on Preserving Family Presence During a Pandemic

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Update on HPH Standards soon available

The HPH General Assembly has requested to revise the HPH Standards. Until now, important progress has been made in reviewing the different HPH standard sets available and moving towards the formulation of a set of ‘umbrella’ standards, which will be launched at the next HPH conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The original HPH standards have had a major impact on the HPH network and have been very positively received by external partners (scientific associations, health authorities, researchers, professional bodies). The HPH expects the new ‘umbrella’ HPH standards to be even more impactful and serve as a yardstick for HPH implementation as part of the new Global HPH Strategy. During the General Assembly a beta version of the first modules for this new international initiative will be presented, which is also aimed to link to national/regional activities and different languages.

HPH will set up an eLearning-Platform

To foster learning opportunities, the International HPH Network will set up an eLearning-Platform. The aim is to create engaging content through audio-visuals and make learning materials available to all members.

The HPH eLearning programme will be aligned with the new HPH strategy and umbrella standards and reflect the global diversity of the network.

More information about the HPH eLearning programme will be presented at this years International HPH Conference in Seoul.

HPH Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 HPH Awards!

At the 27th HPH Conference in Warsaw, Poland on May 29-31, 2019 the winners of the 2019 HPH Awards were celebarated.

Winner of the International HPH Award For Outstanding Fulfilment of HPH Strategy

‘Regional HPH Network of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy’


Cristina Aguzzoli, Coordinator of Fruili Venezia Giulia I Photo by Mirek Tessar ©

Winner of the International HPH Award For Outstanding Fulfilment of WHO HPH Standards

‘Ditmanson Medical Fundation Chiayi Christian Hospital, Taiwan*

Magareta Kristenson hands the certificate to the representative for Ditmanson Medical Fundation Chiayi Christian Hospital I Photo by Mirek Tessar ©

Winner of the International HPH Award For Outstanding Scientific Publication

Adherence to Home Exercise Programmes and its Associated Factors among Patients Receiving Physiotherapy – Authors: Obinna C. Okezue, Geoffrey C. Nwafor, Obinna A. Ezeukwu, Jeneviv N. John, Chigozie I. Uchenwoke from the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria. Clin Health Promot 2019; 9:7-14 


Photo by Mirek Tessar ©

Background and Purpose of the HPH Awards

As decided by the HPH General Assembly and HPH Governance Board, HPH awards are given out each year in 3 categories to member hospitals/health services, national/regional networks and authors/groups of authors in order to promote HPH visibility, recognize extraordinary fulfilment of WHO standards, recognize extraordinary fulfilment of strategic goals and improve the number of published scientific articles.

Award Categories

The award categories established are as follows:

International HPH Award For Outstanding Fulfilment of HPH Strategy

(The award for fulfilment of HPH Strategy is given on the basis of the HPH Progress Report 2017-18, which all national/regional HPH Networks are asked to fill in with March 15, 2019 as deadline)

International HPH Award For Outstanding Fulfilment of WHO HPH Standards

(Only Hospital/Health Service members eligible for nomination in this category)

International HPH Award For Outstanding Scientific Publication

(NB: The Scientific Publication Award is only for an author or a group of authors to win and there is no possibility for nomination in this category. The winner of this award will be chosen by the Editorial Office of the Scientific Journal “Clinical Health Promotion – Research & Best Practice for patients, staff and community”)

All HPH Awards are yearly (the winner of achievements in 2018 are therefore awarded in 2019), and the winners will be notified in advance. Awards are presented each year at the International HPH Conference.

Award Nomination and Eligibility

The award on outstanding fulfillment of HPH Standards is the only award, where member hospitals and health services can nominate themselves.