Scope and Purpose

In 2016, the annual international HPH conference will be hosted by the Connecticut HPH Network consisting of Planetree, Griffin Hospital and Yale-Griffin Research Center and will be held on Yale University campus. Thus, the conference will be held in the United States for the first time. The organizing Connecticut network was founded in 2007. Since then, it has made valuable contributions to the international HPH network, not least by serving on the HPH Governance Board and by building bridges between HPH and the strongly patient-oriented Planetree group.

Upon the suggestion of the local hosts, the Scientific Committee decided to focus the 24th International HPH Conference 2016 on "Creating a Culture of Health through Innovation and Partnership" - a topic that relates to the very core of HPH. Already the Ottawa Charter called for the reorientation of health services towards health promotion which can only be achieved by changing organizational culture. Under this general theme, the conference will specifically focus on the following three sub-themes:

Creating health promoting healthcare delivery systems through innovative partnerships in policy

Hospitals and health services do not act in a vacuum but their possibilities of reorientation are strongly influenced by their context, especially by supportive or hindering legal and financial frameworks that are largely shaped by health policy and healthcare financing mechanisms The conference will specifically discuss the following questions: How can representatives of HPH convince policy makers and financiers to create supportive conditions for health promotion? What arguments are useful to make the case for HPH? And who could be supportive allies in advocating HPH?

Involving professionals and clients in developing a health promoting organizational culture

In line with the settings approach in health promotion, organizational development has been a major HPH strategy since the founding of the network. Building up on achievements so far as well as on discussions during earlier HPH conferences, the congress in New Haven will especially ask: What can HPH learn from related initiatives such as Planetree or health literate healthcare organizations?  How can the participatory involvement of patients and community representatives be used as a lever to further develop HPH organizations? And, how can this help to better fit HP health services to the needs of their target groups?

Innovative health promoting direct service provision

Every patient is an individual - a circumstance that is increasingly being considered in the emerging field of individualized medicine. But what does this mean for further developing the structures and processes of health promoting service provision? How can professionals be empowered to adapt to the different needs of their patients? What strategies are available to use direct service provision to better promote patients’ health? How can these be supported by new information and communication technologies (ICTs) in an ethical way, and what is known about the contribution of health promoting direct service provision to healthcare quality?

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