Transforming health care to empower and meet the needs of refugees and migrants
Vice-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care; Head of Department, Health and Society, Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (Austrian Public Health Institute), AUT
Peter Nowak, PhD (University of Vienna), has studied Applied Linguistics and Psychology with a focus on conversation and discourse analysis in healthcare communication and psychotherapy. 1985-2008: studies research and organizational development projects in health care (communication) and health promotion at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the Sociology of Health and Medicine. 2008-2011: Senior Researcher and Assistant Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research. Since 2011, he works at the Austrian Public Health Institute (Gesundheit Österreich GmbH), initially as Assistant Director of the Bundesinstitut für Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (BIQG), since 2013 as Head of the Department Health and Society. Current focuses of work: national strategies in health promotion, health literacy, patient centred care, communication in healthcare.
CEO of the International HPH Secretariat, Copenhagen, DNK
Hanne Tønnesen’s work centres on evidence-based clinical health promotion. She started her early career working with addiction and later, in 1996, she became a specialist of surgery. In 1999, she became Head of the Clinical Unit of Health Promotion at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, and in 2003 she finished her dissertation on the increased risk of surgical complications among alcohol abusers. Since 2004 she has been Director of the WHO-CC in Copenhagen, and from 2005 also CEO of the International HPH Secretariat. She is a professor at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Southern Denmark. Her research focuses on effective interventions and programs in the area of clinical health promotion regarding tobacco, alcohol, nutrition, physical inactivity and co-morbidity.