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Taiwan Hosted the 19th International Network of Health Promotion Foundations Annual Meeting to Explore Health Promotion Policies for Global Action

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Health Promotion Administration (HPA) of Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan and International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF) jointly hosted the 19th International Network of Health Promotion Foundations (INHPF) Annual Meeting on August 17th. The meeting was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 13 countries and around 260 experts and officials from the field of health promotion participated in the annual meeting. 
INHPF is an important international network that contributed to advancing global health promotion. Through communication, learning, and joint actions between institutions, we could strengthen health promotion institutions’ working performance. Taiwan has actively participated in INHPF annual meetings for many years. By participating in the annual meeting, we could share our current status and outcomes of health promotion policies implementation with INHPF members to increase the opportunity for Taiwan to display our health achievements on the international stage. This year, we are honored to host the 19th INHPF Annual Meeting with support from INHPF members. To advancing health promotion and building a sustainable society through global action under the pandemic, the theme of this year’s meeting is “Health Promotion Policy for Global Action”. 
International Health Promotion Institutions Gather Together, Taiwan Shares the Experience of Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases
This meeting, we had invited Dr. Jui-Yuan Hsueh, Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Dr. Sandro Demaio, Chair of INHPF and CEO of Victorian Health Promotion Foundation to give opening remarks. We especially invited Dr. Suvajee Good, Regional Advisor for Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health, WHO South-East Asia Regional Office to be our keynote speaker. Dr. Good will deliver a keynote speech titled “The Importance and Direction of Health Promotion in the 21st Century”. In addition, we had invited representatives from Taiwan, VicHealth, Healthway, ThaiHealth, KoreaHealth and SEATCA to share their best practices and experiences on policy making, program planning, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion policies. HPA had invited Prof. Kuo-Liong Chien from College of Public Health of National Taiwan University, as well as Deputy Director Chih-Cheng Hsu from Institute of Population Health Sciences at National Health Research Institutes, representing Taiwan. Prof. Chien shares the Taiwan’s experience of preventing non-communicable diseases, and Deputy Director Hsu will tackle the burden of chronic diseases by utilizing precision healthcare and ICOPE (Integrated Care for Older People) assessment in his talk. It had received many enthusiastic responses from the participants.
Health Promotion Needs Everyone to Work Together
Advancing health promotion policies not only requires governments to make practical strategies but also require capable institutions to promote and implement the policies. Public’s cooperation and response were needed as well. As we gather to share our experience and foster dialogues with international health promotion foundations and institutions, the meeting aims to explore innovative health promotion approaches to build a fairer and healthier and sustainable society.