Health Promotion Forum


Reorienting Hospitals and Health Services to well-being, equity, and sustainable development: What has the COVID-19 pandemic revealed as Necessary, Urgent and Innovative health promotion action?

Moderators: Keriin Katsaros. Germany. Research and Innovation Manager, OptiMedis AG. Project Coordinator, International HPH Network and Dr Sally Fawkes. Australia. Senior Academic, La Trobe University. Deputy Chair, Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.


  • Professor Juergen PELIKAN, Austria. Director, WHO-CC Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care. Gesundheit Österreich GmbH.
  • Professor Diane LEVIN-ZAMIR, Israel. National Director, Department of Health Education and Promotion, Clalit Health Services. School of Public Health, University of Haifa. Chair, National Council on Health Promotion, Israel Ministry of Health.
  • Dr Ralph HARLID, Sweden. National Coordinator, Swedish Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Network

Organised by International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus some key strengths and weaknesses of healthcare systems and organisations in anticipating, preventing and responding to population health challenges. It has also sharpened collective understandings of societal objectives - well-being, equity, and sustainable development. Countries, sectors and communities have been confronted with what can *actually* be achieved when there is sufficient resolve, and also what the consequences are of inaction and action that fails to consider long-term impacts. Optimising the strategic and everyday contribution of hospitals and health services to well-being, equity, and sustainable development is a complex challenge that will require whole-of-organisation health promotion innovations and complementary changes at the system level. In this session, country examples of efforts from the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services will be presented and discussed by panelists with provocations from a discussant. Actions that are necessary, urgent and innovative will be distilled.