Posted by: ihfgeneva | April 30, 2014

22nd International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services

The International HospitaHPH_Press Conference Photol Federation was invited to attend, as co-organizer, the 22nd International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services, held 23-25 April 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. The IHF President, Dr Kwang Tae Kim, in his opening remarks mentioned that the rise in multiple-chronic conditions is strongly related with the ageing population and therefore integration of healthcare is to be considered as a key challenge.

The theme of the Conference, “Changing hospital & health service culture to better promote health”, was organized under three sub-theHPH_GC Photomes:

–       Health literacy – an emerging concept for more patient-oriented healthcare

–       Enhancing the health environment for health professionals – Developing a more salutogenic culture for and by healthcare staff

–       Better health care responses to community needs through a culture of cooperation between organizations and settings

During the conference the IHF hosted a session on the “Institutionalization of Health Promoting Practices”. Speakers from five regions presented pictures of their respective national context. The presentations are available on the IHF Website at:

This meeting was also an opportunity for the IHF to organize its Governing Council (GC) meeting. A first meeting was hosted on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 at the Unió Catalana d’Hospitals, an Associate Member of the Federation. This first meeting was also an opportunity for IHF Governors to meet with, the President of the Unió – Dr Manel Jovells – and the CEO – Dr Helena Ris.

The Unió organized a press meeting with journalists from Europa Press, EFE Agency, Expansión, Ara and Catalunya Ràdio. Dr Kim and Dr Jowells were of the same opinion that there is need to strenghten relations between IHF and the
Unió. Dr Erik K. Normann underlined that the two major international challenges confronting healthcare as: i) the growth in multiple-chronic conditions among the ageing population and ii) patient-centered care. High interestd was showen towards IHF Special Interest Groups.

The second GC Meeting was organized in conjunction with the HPH Conference on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. On this occasion, IHF Governing Council Members met with the HPH Board in a side meeting.

During the last plenary session, the IHF CEO, Mr de Roodenbeke, highlited five major trends in the evolving role of hospitlas in health promotion:

–       The increased empowerment of people in relation to access to health information

–       The growth of patients with multi-chronic conditions

–       The breakthrough of predictive medicine and the identification of risk factors

–       The dissemination of Electronic Health Records

–       The universal health coverage in order to oblige healthcare to be more cost effective and sustainable.


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