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!

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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.