The meeting report from the HPH General Assembly can be downloaded here

The HPH General Assembly was held in Manchester on April 14, 2010, and among the many highlights on the agenda were the rapid growth of HPH worldwide, the election of a brand new Governance Board, the official Scientific Journal of the International HPH Network, the new HPH homepage and much more.
The International HPH Network’s remarkable growth within the last year was applauded by the General Assembly, as it meant that the strategic goal of 100 new “netto” members in one year had been reached. In fact, the HPH Network now totals 797 Hospital/Health Service members – equaling a grand total growth of 104 new “netto” members.
According to schedule, the HPH general Assembly also elected the new Governance Board of the International HPH Network. The members of the new Governance Board are:

  • Louis Cote (Can) (Chair)
  • Shu-Ti Chiou (Tw) (Vice Chair)
  • Simone Tasso (It)
  • Sally Fawkes (Aus)
  • Felix Bruder (Ger)
  • Virpi Honkala (Fin)
  • Matt Masiello (Usa)

Another major development at the General Assembly this year was the final approval of the HPH Scientific Journal. This new journal will fit incredibly well with the Network’s objective of shaping the international research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of knowledge in the field (as described in the HPH Constitution, Art. 1 § 3).
The General Assembly also dealt with the results from the recent survey concerning the new HPH homepage. The survey had been conducted from December 2009 to primo April 2010 and replies had been received from Taiwan, Italy, Greece, Norway, Slovakia, Ireland, Bulgaria, England, Sweden, Germany, Israel, Switzerland, Scotland, Lithuania, USA, Japan, Estonia, Australia, Austria, Canada, Latvia and Denmark. On the basis of the valuable and insightful comments and tick-box answers received, the new homepage will now be tailored to the needs of the users as best possible, and thus hopefully provide a greater online platform for work of all entities within the International HPH Network.
Yet another important highlight at this year’s General Assembly was the approval of the Task Force on HPH & Environment. Previously this Task Force had been a Pre-Working Group under HPH, but now it was decided to grant full Task Force status in order to deal with such subjects as hospitals and health service waste production, production and disposal of hazardous substances and general reduction of environment pollution – all in accordance with the overall goal of the HPH Network, which includes improvement of the quality and relationship between Hospitals/Health Services, the community and the environment.