HPH International

NEW - WHO International HPH Website

The official website of WHO International HPH can be found at www.hphnet.org.

Overview of WHO International HPH

Health promotion is defined as "the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health" ~Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, WHO 1986~

Changing public expectations, an increasing number of chronic patients requiring continuous support, and staff frequently being exposed to physical and emotional strains require hospitals to incorporate a health promotion focus as a key service for both patients and staff

The WHO International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services aims to incorporate the concepts, values and standards of health promotion into the organizational structure and culture of hospitals and health care institutions. HPH has become a global movement with networks, single partner hospitals and initiatives on all continents. There are over 750 hospitals in the International HPH Network.

The HPH project and network began in 1988. The guiding and operational principles are based on :

Core international standards

The predominant approach to quality management in hospitals is through setting standards for services. Standards for health promotion in hospitals are necessary to ensure the quality of services provided in this area. The 5 Core standards advocated by the HPH International are:

Standard 1 : Management Policy

The hospital/health service has a written policy for health promotion. This policy is implemented as part of the overall organization quality system aiming to improve health outcomes.

Standard 2 : Patient Assessment

The organization ensures the assessment of the patients' needs for health promotion, disease prevention and rehabilitation.

Standard 3 : Information and Intervention

Health promotion information and interventions are included in all user pathways.

Standard 4: Promoting a Healthy Workplace

Conditions are established for the development of the hospital as a healthy workplace.

Standard 5 : Continuity and Cooperation

The organization maintains and plans collaborations with other health care institutions and with the community.

WHO Standards document: http://www.euro.who.int/document/e82490.pdf