The international HPH Secretariat will moved to Optimedis, Hamburg on September 1, 2019

Starting September 1, 2019, the host of the international HPH Secretariat will change to OptiMedis AG in Hamburg, Germany, under the direction of Dr Oliver Groene. Dr Groene will be known to many as the main author of the first WHO HPH Standards, and was previously Manager of the Quality of Health Systems Programme at the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

This change has occurred as a result of a WHO decision to remove roles such as secretariats from terms of reference agreements with WHO Collaborating Centres. Therefore, for the first time, the International HPH Network needs to develop formal agreements with appropriate organisations to ensure secretariat functions continue. Following an open tender process in the northern hemisphere Spring, the General Assembly decided that the new Secretariat will be hosted by Dr Groene’s team at OptiMedis.


For more information about this change, click here.


We warmly welcome Oliver Groene and his team in taking over this important work for us. We also wish to sincerely thank the Clinical Health Promotion Centre staff in Copenhagen, under the direction of Hanne Tønnesen, for their ambitious work and devotion to the International HPH Network over so many years.


Margareta Kristenson

Chair, Governance Board, International HPH Network

Until the transfer is finalized

The transfer of tasks and function of the HPH Secretariat will take place over the next coupple of month and the two secretariats - the previous and the new - will collaborate closely for August and September to secure a smooth and efficient transfer. 


From September 1st 2019 Optimedis AG will start as the secretariat of the international HPH secretariat.

Meanwhile, until 1st of September, the secretariat and Clinical Health Promotion Centre in Copenhagen will continue running the international HPH Secretariat including member care and administration, and all communication and administration of the international HPH Network will continue to be organized from the current secretariat in Copenhagen. 


(here under registration of new HPH members and payment of HPH membership fee).




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