Invest4Health Workshop at the International Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Conference – 20-22 September 2023, Vienna

We are delighted to announce that Invest4Health Consortium members will host a workshop at the International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Conference, 20-22 Sep 2023, in Vienna.

Many governments’ fiscal space and budgetary resources are shrinking, all while demand for public services, including healthcare, is rising sharply. Hospital-focused healthcare models and ‘traditional’ forms of public health investment (e.g. national to local government funding and health insurance) are inadequate.  Solutions must transcend the health sector and focus on creating the conditions in which our societies can thrive. It means addressing issues ranging from inequality, unhealthy living environment, access to early childhood education and care, pandemic readiness or poor mental health. Innovative forms of a holistic investment approach that help people improve their life quality and stay healthy are required to reduce the increasing pressures on health and social care services.  

The Invest4Health project attempts to develop, test and implement a model called ‘Smart Capacitating Investment’ (SCI), in which long-term benefits to health and related sectors outweigh initial costs and generate sustainable returns and localised benefits. The SCI has a high potential to create a multi-actor interest and cross-disciplinary capabilities to engage in collaborative health promotion and prevention initiatives. 

Join us for the online workshop at the 29th International Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services to hear the preliminary characteristics of the SCI defined through the initial rapid scoping review and share your feedback that would help us finalise the definition of the SCI. With a clear description of “Smart Capacitating Investment” at hand, the Invest4Health project will investigate novel financial models to determine which business models align with predetermined contingencies for health promotion and disease prevention, including addressing broader determinants of health. These ideas will be put into practice and evaluated in four regional testbeds in Sweden, Spain, Germany, and the UK.


Moderated by Alison Maassen, Programme Manager, EuroHealthNet  

11.00 Welcome, setting the aim and course of the workshop 

11.05 Introduction to the Invest4Health project “Mobilising novel finance models for health promotion and disease prevention”, Dr. Jolanda van Vliet, Region Skåne, Sweden, Invest4Health project coordinator 

11.15 Introduction to the preliminary characteristics of the Smart Capacitating Investment (SCI) model, Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, PhD, Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam 

11.30 Discussion  

  • Reflection on the possibility of implementing concepts such as SCI in different settings, Tomas Bokström, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden  
  • Reflection from the Austrian National Public Health Institute about the SCI model and how it could be applied in Austria, Petra Plunger, Senior Health Expert, Gesundheit Österreich GmbH 
  • Reflection from the Region Skåne, where Smart Capacitating Investment model will be piloted in the framework of Invest4Heallth project, Jolanda van Vliet, Region Skåne, Sweden 

12.00 Moderated discussion with the discussants and the audience about the Smart Capacitating Investment model  

12.25 Conclusions and closure 

12.30 END  

Register to attend the workshop HERE. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact Lina Papartyte at 

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