Building networks, improving public health

About Us

Who are we?
The Norwegian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (Norwegian HPH) was a professional academic network of hospitals and healthcare centres that collaborated with a focus on health promoting values, strategies, initiatives and activities to ensure better health for all.

The Norwegian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services (Norwegian HPH) was established in 1998 as a national network belonging to the International network of health promoting hospitals and health services (HPH).

Akershus University Hospital (Ahus) has served as the secretariat for the Norwegian HPH network the past 10 years. During the annual meeting of Norwegian HPH in November 2018, it was decided that the Norwegian HPH network will be dissolved.

Each hospital or health service can still choose to be involved in HPH by joining the International HPH network. Akershus University Hospital has chosen this as a solution for exsisting and future members.

Strategy and vision
The HPH network follows principles of health promotion as described in the Ottawa charter on health promotion and the Vienna recommendations on Health Promoting Hospitals. Improving public health for all through the establishment of health promoting attitudes, values, communication processes, systems and standards.

Our purpose
The purpose of the HPH network is to strengthen and develop efforts within public health. We contribute to improving public health through prevention and health promotion at all healthcare levels. Our values and research-based work involves patients, families, employees, and local community. Every individual is met on equal terms with belief in their inherent resources.

Our projects

We are always looking for new ways to network and collaborate!

There are many exciting current & past health promotion projects and events. The following institutions currently have information available online in English:

Akershus University Hospital




HPH is, in practice, a “network of networks.” This means that members contact one another and collaborate across disciplines, regions and organizations in a number of different ways. The network works because members want to learn from each other. This results in health-related work which becomes more than the sum of its parts.

Our member organizations
Members are current leaders in innovative healthcare. All members take health seriously, as well as the responsibility for creating a health promoting culture and community through conscious efforts at all levels, where the patient’s inherent resources are central.

Norwegian HPH members (international membership)

How to join
Members support and seek to implement the principles presented in WHO documents and declarations, such as the Ottawa Charter, Budapest and Vienna declarations.

As of 2019, each individual hospital or health service can still choose til be involved in HPH by joining the International HPH Network as an individual member directly. For more information, please contact the international secretariat in Copenhagen (


Read more about our history here!

How can I collaborate internationally?

Read more about opportunities for international collaboration here!

Contact us

Norwegian HPH, Akershus University Hospital
Postboks 1000, 1478 Lørenskog
Tel. +47 905 29 611