Czech Republic

HPH Progress Report 2017-2018: Czech Republic 




The HPH Constitution (2008) for the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services states that one of the tasks of a National/Regional HPH Network is: “To periodically deliver a progress report to the Governance Board.” (Refer to 1.4. Mission and Obligations, HPH Constitution)


For the purposes of this activity:


  • The period for progress reports to be delivered is every two years.

  • A progress report is defined as a report on efforts to assist hospitals/health services to ”incorporate the concepts, values, strategies and standards or indicators of health promotion into the organizational structure and culture of the hospital/health service." (Refer to Mission, HPH Constitution)


The aims of Progress Reports are:

  1. To provide a mechanism for HPH networks and taskforces to share information, knowledge and experience

  2. To contribute to an assessment of the achievement of objectives by the International HPH Network

  3. To help identify priorities for future action by the International HPH Network.

This survey refers to activities in the period 2017-2018.


All data will be made publicly available.



INSTRUCTIONS: Keep the text that in black color. Change the text in grey colour (Green text is hyperlinks for your reference)





Part 1: Administrative information



1A. Network contact details

  • Network Coordinator name: Milena Kalvachova

  • Phone: +420 224 972 361

  • E-mail:

  • Address: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, Palackého náměstí 4 Prague 2 128 01, Czech Republic

  • Website:

  • Name of Coordinating Institution: Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic

  • Address: Palackého náměstí 4 Prague 2 128 01 Czech Republic

  • E-mail: (If different from coordinator’s):

  • Phone(If different from coordinator’s): +420 224 972 748

  • Institution Website:


1B. Network administrative details

  • Network establishment: 07/15/2008

  • Expiration of network agreement: 07/02/2020

  • Number of current Network members: 12

  • My list of members on is up to date: no

  • Number of new members in 2017: 0

  • Number of new members in 2018: 3

  • Number of ceased members in 2017: 0

  • Number of ceased members in 2018: 0

  • Number of ceased members in 2019: 1 





Part 2: Network progress



2A. To what degree has my network put the HPH mission, purpose and objectives into practice?


  1. Choose one option

  • Not at all

  • A little bit

  • Moderate

  • Quite a bit

  • Completely

Please elaborate here:


The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, as the national coordinating unit of the HPH program in the Czech Republic, considers support of health promoting and HP´ implementation to the health services system as one of the key priorities. That´s why HPH is a recurring priority of the Czech Ministry of Health as one of the main priorities in the National Strategy for the Health´ Protection and Promotion and Disease Prevention which is based on the European health policy strategy – Health 2020.

National Action Plans have been developed to implement this strategy, of which No. 9 was an Action Plan to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services. Its accomplishment was completed in advance in 2018, but because we appreciated the great benefits for the healthcare system of the Czech Republic, we continue to do these tasks - for example, we organize the “International conference development of health promoting activities in healthcare facilities in the Czech Republic”. For the first time the conference was international, but as a result of budget cuts, we are now continuing with this activity at national level. Every year interest in the conference increases and participation increases too. Last year, the conference was attended by more than 110 experts representing healthcare facilities across the Czech Republic. Thanks to this conference, we are continuously increasing the number of Czech HPH hospitals.

Furthermore, in 2017, the creation of the GNTH National Network and its interconnection with the HPH network was a crucial step (especially in the aforementioned conference). For 2019-2020 we aim primarily to increase the number of HPH and GNTH hospitals, but mainly to create a collaborative platform for both programs. In both programs we managed to increase the number of non-smoking hospitals - we consider it as a great success, because in the Czech Republic is smoking extremely widespread in the Czech Republic (often also among medical staff).

In the period 2017-2018 we acquired 3 university hospitals into the HPH program. We have received 3 new members for GNTH (these are also HPH hospitals).

All Czech HPH hospitals are very active in education activities. It creates regular educational actions for its region in order to increase the health literacy of citizens and patients in many areas of health promotion and their movement in the health service delivery system.


2B. How is my network organized and how do we work?


Please elaborate here:


At the top of hierarchy is The Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic with czech national HPH coordinator, Milena Kalvachová, MA. Next to her is national administrator of the HPH program, Veronika Stejskalová, Eng. which is always available to Czech HPH hospitals - by phone, in writing, in person. She helps to HPH hospitals to solve all problems for hospitals, arranges all the administration for the program and prepares annual National HPH Conference in the Czech Republic. 


Czech HPH hospitals cooperate very well, especially at the level one or neighboring region. Therefore, communication is often in this structure:

  • hospital – hospital (within one region or across)

  • "spokesman" of the region – administrator

  • administrator – national coordinator




2C. What has been the aim of my network?


Please elaborate/list projects here:


The aim of the Czech HPH network is:

1. Create a strong network of hospitals across the Czech Republic. First, we would like to get at least 1-2 hospitals in each region. Then we would like to increase this trend.

2. Create a better environment for effective communication and collaboration.

3. Create a functional platform for HPH and GNTH programs.


At the picture you can see currently state of Czech HPH Network. 



2D. What were my network's main achievements and lessons learned?


Please elaborate here:


For a huge success we consider the extension of the Czech HPH network by 3 hospitals in the monitored period. It is a university hospitals with a large field of scope. Two of them are in the capital city of Prague, where there is the largest population. The third is in the Pilsen Region, which we had not yet been "occupied".

Another success is our activities at International HPH conferences, where we regularly participate in professional lectures, poster presentations, etc. In 2017, the Czech Republic won the award for the poster of the Ministry of Health entitled Effectiveness of the Hospital Care in the Czech Republic through Volunteer care, which received the HPH Scientific Committee Award. At the national level, we are very pleased with the interest in our conference. We strive for interesting topics and the program is always prepared with the greatest Czech experts on the issue. Interest in participation is significantly increasing.



2E. Global HPH Strategy 2016-2018


My network worked with the Global Strategy: yes/no


Specifically, priority was given to

  • (Priority 1 on implementation of updated WHO-HPH Standards: NB not applicable due to delay with document)

  • Priority 2 on HPH awareness and capacity: yes/no

  • Priority 3 on HPH development and sustainability: yes/no

My network supported members with fulfilling the Global Strategy: yes/no


My network acheived the following strategy goals

  • Priority 2 on HPH awareness and capacity

A-I) Organised at least 1 local HPH day: yes/no

A-II) Local policy level participated in HPH day: yes/no

A-III) Informed local policy level of HPH: yes/no

B-I) Participated in discussion of the role of coordinators at HPH assembly: yes/no

B-II) Members received the translated/locally adapted final document: yes/no

C) Stakeholder analysis made by network: yes/no

D-I) Members received translated/locally adapted HPH Member Packages: yes/no

D-II) At least 2 local decision makers received translate/locally adapted HPH package: yes/no

E) Own website updated at least 4 times with news, information and experiences: yes/no

F) Best practices/good ideas collected and reported at HPH general assembly, or here in progress report: yes/no

  • Priority 3 on HPH development and sustainability

A-I) Participated in discussion and development of member benefits: yes/no

A-II) Translated/locally adapted HPH brochure describing the benefits of membership received by my members: yes/no

B-I) Hospitals nationally/regionally with potentially interest in HPH were listed: yes/no

B-II) Contact was established and HPH information was sent to at least 2 potential new members: yes/no

C) Best practices/good ideas collected and reported at HPH assembly, or here in Progress Report: yes/no


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>



2F. How did my network use the WHO-HPH Standards?


My network prioritized working with the standards: yes/no


If yes, priority was given to

  • Standard 1 on Management policy: yes/no

  • Standard 2 on Patient assessment: yes/no

  • Standard 3 on Patient information and intervention: yes/no

  • Standard 4 on Promoting a healthy workplace: yes/no

  • Standard 5 on Continuity and cooperation: yes/no

My network has supported members with using the standards for quality improvement: yes/no


The status in my network is that members have implemented

  • Standard 1 on Management policy

1.1. The organization identifies responsibilities for HP: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

1.2. The organization allocates resources for the implementation of HP: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

1.3. The organization ensures availability of procedures for HP data collection/evaluation: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

  • Standard 2 on Patient assessment

2.1. The organization ensures procedures for all patients to assess their need for HP: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

2.2. The HP needs assessment is done at first contact, reviewed and adjusted: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

2.3. The HP needs assessment includes external info and is social/cultural sensitive: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

  • Standard 3 on Patient information and intervention

3.1. Based on needs, patients are informed and HP plan is agreed: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

3.2. The organization ensures access to general information on factors influencing health: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

  • Standard 4 on Promoting a healthy workplace

4.1. The organization ensures a healthy and safe workplace: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

4.2. The organization ensures a HR Strategy that includes HP: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

4.3. The organization ensures procedures to develop/maintain staff awareness on health: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

  • Standard 5 on Continuity and cooperation

5.1. The organization ensures HP services are coherent with regional health policy plans: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented

5.2. The organization ensures HP for out-patients and after discharge: implemented/partly implemented/not implemented


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please elaborate here:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>



2G. Standards developed by HPH Task Forces and other relevant standards


My network has worked with standards from the HPH Task Forces on

  • Equity/migrants: yes/no

  • HPH Children/Adolescents Standards: yes/no

  • Environment: yes/no

  • Age-friendly healthcare: yes/no

My network has worked with other relevant standards: updating of HPH standards


If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>





Part 3: Sharing of knowledge and experience



3A. Additional strategy, priorities and focus areas of my network

My network focused on:

  • raising of health literacy in health promotion

  • expanding the Czech National HPH Network


    support for the implementation of HPH activities through state subsidies


3B. My network's connection to National/Regional health policies and strategies

  • HPH is a priority nationally/regionally in health policies, laws and regulations: yes/no

  • Changes in national/regional health policies have directly influenced my network's activities: yes/no

  • The national/regional health system is supportive of the development of HPH: yes/no

  • My network has received recognition/acknowledgment from public authorities/health systems: yes/no

If you wish to share your experiences in this regard, please feel free to elaborate here:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>



3C. Availability of key HPH documents in my local language


In my local language the following documents exist

In my local language, I would like the following HPH documents to be made available: Name documents



3D. My network's untapped resources and needs for further support


My network has untapped resources that could help contribute to the International HPH Network’s fulfilment of its objectives by:

we don't have any untapped resources


The International HPH Network, the HPH Governance Board and the HPH Governance Assembly could better support my network by:

<you can answer in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>



3E. Final comments and ideas


Final comments and ideas from my network are:

<you can add any comment you believe is useful for the international network in writing or by, for instance, adding a video presentation here>




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