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The 29th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services will take place in a hybrid format, with the option to participate in-person or online. All the plenary sessions and almost all parallel sessions will be live streamed.

All registered participants (in-person and online) will have access to a landing page with live chat capability, the live stream of the program, the e-poster gallery, and to on-demand post-viewing for at least two more months after the conference.

The times given in the conference program correspond to Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Plenary 1

Opportunities and Challenges of Health Promotion to Recruit and Maintain a Healthy Workforce in Health Care Settings

Venue: Hoersaal 1

Panel Discussion

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Cristina Aguzzoli

Dr. Cristina Aguzzoli, physician in charge of Health Promotion at the Health Directorate of the Regional Authority for Coordination of Health Trust - ARCS - in Friuli Venezia Giulia, coordinates the HPH network of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy) since 2003, which became the leader of the Italian HPH networks in 2022.

As a specialist in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine with a Master in Psychoneuroimmunology at the La Sapienza University of Rome, she cooperates with Harvard Medical School, Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Open Academy of Medicine in Venice and National Institute of Health.  She promotes training courses dedicated to the Wellbeing and health promotion for patients, operators and citizens.

Since 2020, she leads "Taking care of those who care", a regional project born during the pandemic with the goal to recover the psycho-physical well-being of the staff.

For years, she focused the continuous comparison on the issues of individual and organizational empowerment as a teacher and consultant about biopsychosocial well-being, stress management and life skills.

Author of numerous scientific works, including the book "100 questions on stress management" (2018), she is among the editors and authors of the Report 21/4 of the National Institute of Health "Wellbeing and stress management according to the Biopsychosocial model: focus on school, university and health ” published in 2021.

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Giorgio Cometto

Health Workforce Department, WHO

Dr Giorgio Cometto is a medical doctor with post-graduate studies in health policy, heath economics and health sector governance.
He has worked on health system development at national and international levels over the past 20 years, in humanitarian, post- conflict and development settings. He joined WHO Headquarters in 2010 and since 2017 he is the head of the unit responsible for the policies, norms and standards in WHO’s health workforce department.

Among the focus areas of his work, he facilitated the development of the WHO Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health, the WHO guideline on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programmes, and WHO’s guidance on health workforce policy and management during COVID-19.

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George Valiotis

Executive Director of the European Health Management Association (EHMA)

George is the Executive Director of EHMA. He represents the voice of health management to many European and international bodies including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, Industry bodies, and community groups. George Chairs EHMA's webinar series, guides the coordination of the annual conference and has an active role in all EHMA's projects by providing high-level advice on health management matters.
Prior to joining EHMA, George was the Chief Executive Officer of a Scottish policy agency focusing on blood-borne viruses and sexual infections. He has managed multiple strategic policy and education collaborations with diverse stakeholder, worked as an education specialist for the International AIDS Society, served on the Board of Diabetes Australia and as an Advisor on its Medical Education and Science Council and as Principal Strategic Advisory to the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Scotland.


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Bożena Walewska-Zielecka

Chair of the HPH Governance Board and Coordinator of the HPH Network Poland

Prof. Dr. hab. n. med. Bożena Walewska-Zielecka is a medical doctor, graduate from Medical Faculty, Medical University of Warsaw. She became National Coordinator of Polish HPH Network in 2011. Since 2014 she is a member of HPH Governance Board. Her first term as a Chair of International HPH Network Governance Board lasted from 2016-2018 and then second term from 2020 until now. Professor in Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science Medical University of Warsaw from 2011 till 2020. Since 2020 member of Public Health Committee in Polish Academy of Sciences. She worked for many years in the National Institute of Public Health, National Institute of Hygiene in Warsaw, where she developed her scientific career. Now she is Senior specialist on health promotion in hospitals in National Institute of Public Health, National Institute of Hygiene, Poland. Since 2005 – manager in healthcare (medical director) – quality assurance and patient safety. Still practicing doctor – hepatologist, travel medicine doctor; special interest: health promotion, non-communicable diseases, immunology of liver diseases, infectious diseases and epidemiology.

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Wolfgang Huf

Medical Director at Hietzing Hospital, Austria and Member of the Board of the Austrian HPH network

Wolfgang Huf graduated from Medical University of Vienna and trained in general and laboratory medicine. In addition to his clinical work his main focus has been on projects related to clinical risk management and patient safety. Following the tenet of patient safety being closely related to employee safety he deepened his studies in occupational and organisational medicine at Medical University of Graz. He joined Karl Landsteiner Society as deputy head of its Institute for Clinical Risk Management and together with Brigitte Ettl took part in the development of Collegial Help Program in Clinic Hietzing, Vienna Healthcare Group. In his current role as medical director Dr. Huf strongly supports staff development of management and leadership skills.

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