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Building Healthy Communities - The Role of Hospitals

Health care professionals to convene at Schloss Leopoldskron for five-day program

The session is being held in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The session is being held in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mirva Villa | 06.12.2017

People live longer than ever before. The average life expectancy of people has been climbing up dramatically over the 20th century. A recent study estimated that boys and girls born in 2030 can expect to reach their mid-80s or over in many developed countries like Japan, France, Switzerland, Germany and the UK.

These advancements in life expectancy are news to be celebrated. With the longer life, however, comes the challenge of maintaining health throughout a person’s life. Health care professionals today not only need to respond to the needs of the health care needs of aging population, they also need to take a more pro-active role in creating health.

Salzburg Global Seminar’s session on Building Healthy Communities: The Role of Hospitals brings together 60 participants from across the globe to discuss how the health sector could respond to these challenges. The five-day program, which begins on Thursday, is being held in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and seeks to discover new approaches for hospitals to address the social determinants of health.

Hospitals will need take up an increasingly active role in cross-sector initiatives, considering the impact of housing, education, food, public safety and employment on health. During the session, participants will aim to develop new strategies to enhance effective collaboration and information-sharing between hospitals, social services and community organizations.

Key questions that will be addressed during the session aim to support this all-encompassing approach on health. Participants will discuss the impact of financial incentives and application of new and older technologies, and the best practices for engaging other sectors, citizens and patients in the transformation needed to create a culture of health. 

The aim of the program is to provide opportunities for information-exchange and global networking among diverse sectors that have an impact on health, and to develop action plans with both local and global scope. Participants will co-create a Salzburg Statement identifying the best practices on how governments, businesses and civil society can collaborate with hospitals in supporting health initiatives.

Building Healthy Communities: The Role of Hospitals is part of the multi-year series on Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century, launched by Salzburg Global Seminar in 2010. The forum has brought together a diverse range of health care experts from across the world to discuss various aspects impacting the future of health care and overall health, such as use of data in health care and improving health care in low and middle income economies.


The session, Building Healthy Communities: The Role of Hospitals is part of Salzburg Global Seminar multi-year series Health and Health Care Innovation in the 21st Century. This year’s session is held in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To keep up to date with the conversations taking place during the session, follow #SGShealth on Twitter and Instagram.

06.12.2017 Category: HEALTH, SALZBURG IN THE WORLD, SALZBURG UPDATES, SUSTAINABILITY
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