International Collaboration

The International HPH Network is, in practice, an even larger “network of networks.” This means that members collaborate across disciplines, regions, countries and organizations in different ways on a grander scale. The network works because members experience the value of working with preventative health and health promotion globally.


International Task Forces
There are two forms of international collaboration; working groups and task forces. HPH Task Forces are “issue-specific teams” of leading experts from different countries which practice in accordance with HPH values. Task forces work within the framework/general aims of the International HPH Network and under the Terms of Reference and related action plans that are followed up on an annual basis. They constitute a reference for technical, organizational and scientific support for specific areas within Health Promotion.

Task forces are recommended by the Governance Board and approved by the General assembly. They are more formal than working groups and constituted for four years. They elect their own leader and report to the Governance Board periodically. Task forces are mostly self-financed, but can request financial support from the Network if they have specific needs. Efforts are most often over several years and knowledge gained is often shared through workshops, reports or new contacts.


International Task Forces


Working Groups
HPH working groups are periodically assembled teams with specific expertise within the framework of the general aims of the International HPH Network. They work in a more informal way than Task Forces, and they constitute a reference for technical, organizational, and scientific support for specific issues within Health Promotion. They are set up by the Governance Board or General Assembly. Working groups typically are organized in project-like fashion, with a set objective, timeframe and clear deliverables that are important to the HPH Network. Members of the working group are members of the International HPH Network & represent various institutions (for ex: hospitals, public health institutions, volunteers, universities, etc). They can continue, terminate or develop into a Task Force with approval from the General Assembly. Working groups also deliver periodic progress reports to the Governance Board & are mostly self-financed.

International Working Groups


Who can participate?
All membership organizations interested in international experience can, and should, engage internationally. Inquiries should be made by the individual member organizations representative – this often includes a proposal and dialogue with employees and managers in their respective organization. Be active – get more out of your membership!


Benefits of participating internationally


How do I join an international specialty group?
Let us know if you are interested in participation internationally or creating an international task force.