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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 3

Empowering Patients, Families and Communities for Times of Crises and Beyond

Venue: Hoersaal 1


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Peter Nowak

Head of the Competence Centre for Health Promotion and Health Care at Gesundheit Österreich GmbH, Austria

Peter Nowak: 1985 – 2008 research and organisational development projects in healthcare and health promotion at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Sociology of Health and Medicine (Vienna). 2008 - 2011 Senior Researcher for user and patient participation in healthcare and Deputy Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research (Vienna). Since 2011 at the Austrian Public Health Institute: initially as Deputy Director of the Federal Institute on Quality in Healthcare, 2013-2020 Head of the Department Health and Society, since 2016 also director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care, since 2022 Head of the Competence Centre Health Promotion and Healthcare focusing on national strategies in health promotion, health literacy, patient-centred care, communication in healthcare.

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Claas Röhl

President NF Kinder / President NF Patients United / President EUPATI Austria

Claas Röhl studied communication science at the University of Vienna, after graduating from an engineering school. When his daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease called Neurofibromatosis he began to educate himself on this disease and did several educational programs on patient advocacy, patient involvement in research and fundraising. He set up the Austrian patient organization NF Kinder in Dec 2013 and in collaboration with Medical University of Vienna NF Kinder has set up Austrias first center of expertise for Neurofibromatosis in 2018. On a national level Claas Röhl is also chair of EUPATI Austria, co-chair of the umbrella organization for oncological patient organizations "Allianz der onkologischen PatientInnenorganisationen“, a member of the board of the Austrian umbrella organization for Rare Diseases "Pro Rare Austria", and he is a member of an expert advisory board for oncology at the Austrian health ministry. Claas Röhl is also involved in several international organizations, like the European umbrella organization for NF patient organizations "NF Patients United" that he chairs, the ERN GENTURIS where he serves as a member of the executive committee, or as a member of IHI’s pool of international patient experts.

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Andy Ward

Associate Professor of Medical Education, University of Leicester

Andy is an Associate Professor in Medical Education and Honorary Senior Academic General Practitioner at the Stoneygate Centre for Empathic Healthcare based at Leicester Medical School in the UK. The Centre’s mission is to improve patients’ lives by pioneering a robust new approach to medical education and training that positions empathy at the heart of healthcare, fostering health and care services that are fit for the future. Andy's role is to develop innovative and evidence-based teaching interventions across the medical curriculum that will increase and sustain empathy in medical students. He has wide experience in producing teaching around patient-centred care and has presented on his work internationally. Andy also works as an inclusion health GP, providing primary care services to people experiencing homelessness in Leicester.


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Marianne Hochet

French Network for Addiction Prevention (RESPADD) & Coordinator of the French HPH Network

Marianne Hochet is a public health engineer and holds a diploma in addictology. After few months at the French National Public Health Agency, she has now been working for four years for the French Network for Addiction Prevention (RESPADD) in Paris. As resources and development manager, she is involved in most of the association projects and coordinates some of them on several topics like harm reduction for alcohol consumption or brief intervention in sexual health. She is also serving for the GNTH governance board about tobacco-free policy. Together with her team, she coordinates the French HPH Network and organized the 28th international HPH conference in Paris. Since 2022, she joined the HPH governance board.



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Christina Dietscher

Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria

Christina Dietscher is a trained medical sociologist. As a researcher, she worked at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care for more than 20 years. Her research focused on health promotion in settings and on health literacy, especially health literate organizations. In 2015, she started to work for the Austrian Ministry of Health where she is currently leading the department of non-communicable diseases, mental health and geriatric medicine. Christina is currently policy co-chair of the WHO Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy (M-POHL) and chair of the Austrian Health Literacy Alliance. She has widely published and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

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