The HPH General Assembly (GA) 2009 was organized by the International HPH Secretariat as the 15th meeting of the National/Regional Network Coordinators and Task Force Leaders of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services. The meeting took place on the 6th of May 2009 in Crete, Greece. The GA meeting included the welcoming of three new HPH National/Regional Networks and the presentation of progress reports from the organizational bodies of the International HPH Network: the Governance Board (GB) and the International HPH Secretariat (HPH Secretariat). The main purposes of the GA meeting were the official decision concerning the Memorandum of Understanding with WHO, the discussion of and workshop concerning implementation of the HPH Strategy as well as decisions on new Task Forces and Working Groups. Another main purpose was to address the important questions of what constitutes a Health Service within the HPH Network and, accordingly, what the enrolment procedures and fees should be. Additionally, the GA attended to the issue of the HPH Evaluation Project, the HPH Data Project and also agreed upon the organization of the International HPH Conference 2010 in England. Further, the GA undertook the preliminary discussions of organization and location of the HPH Conference 2011 and 2012. The participants of the GA meeting were Coordinators of National / Regional HPH Networks, HPH Task Force Leaders, two observers from upcoming networks, representatives from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Health Promotion in Hospitals and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care. WHO representatives were excused.

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