YOUNG LEADERS FOR HEALTH
Young Leaders for Health is a non-profit organization consisting of an international team of students and young professionals from various academic backgrounds wishing to nurture the next generation of leaders in public and global health.
We provide an interdisciplinary platform for the exchange and generation of knowledge, the development of innovative, sustainable and equitable projects in the field of global health, with a focus on health systems. In addition, we facilitate networking opportunities with people from around the world who are motivated to bring about positive changes in public and global health.
Young Leaders for Health’s activities comprise of four pillars:
Education, Innovation, Diplomacy and Advocacy.
We have two main initiatives: our annual, innovative YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth, which previously tackled themes, such as Interoperability, Non-Communicable Diseases, Urban Population Health and Air Quality; and our biannual, unique YLH Conference, which focuses on addressing the challenges we continue to face with regards to the Global Health Workforce, the Agenda 2030's Sustainable Development Goals as well as Disaster and Risk Management.
Furthermore, we frequently provide keynote speeches, partake in panel discussions and provide interactive workshops. Past engagements include speaking at the first WHO Symposium on the Digitalization of Health Systems in the European Region, the G7 Working Group of Health Experts Meeting 2019, the XPOMET Medicinale as well as the World Health Summit.
MISSION & VISION
Young Leaders for Health, a non-profit organization founded in Berlin, Germany, aims to nurture the next generation of leaders in public and global health.
Our vision is that of a healthy, inclusive, equitable and accountable society - free of structural discrimination - that peacefully coexists with nature.
To us, it is vital that power is shared and respective contributions are valued. Thus, young people’s perspectives and skills too must be integrated into both the strategic design and delivery of health and related programs and policies, particularly when they affect young people’s lives and communities.
YOUNG LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL HEALTH
Good health and well-being is a human right, a political choice and an investment.
Young Leaders for Health defines leadership as follows:
Leadership is an action, coupled with a distinct mindset, not a position.
Leadership is about social influence, it is about driving change. Change which shall benefit the public.
Currently the YLH Team works on a voluntary basis. Hence, we consider ourselves to be privileged.
With privilege comes social responsibility and accountability. Thus, leadership at Young Leaders for Health includes listening and mutual empowerment.
Furthermore, we believe that it is vital to engage young people throughout the design and delivery of global public goods, particularly on issues that affect their right to good health and well-being. Hence, Young Leaders for Health continues to work on establishing innovative partnerships and its innovation-driven platform so that young people can share their experiences and ideas to monitor and drive change on the Sustainable Development Goals pertaining to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.
We are currently in the midst of planning some exciting new initiatives, but openly welcome new ideas and partnerships.
Please contact us if you too are interested in working together in order to achieve Universal Health Coverage.
The YLH Conference brings together students and young professionals from around the globe to explore complex and topical challenges in global health. It is a multidisciplinary idea-exchange that takes place in Berlin, Germany biannually. With each new edition the theme of the YLH Conference changes in order to tackle the most pressing global health challenges.
The YLH Conference offers a multitude of experiences and opportunities to its participants. It features a World Health Assembly Simulation, Design Thinking Labs, Systems Thinking Labs, Workshops, and numerous Keynote Lectures from experts and practitioners in the field of global health.
The next YLH Conference will take place in the summer of 2021, tackling the issue of climate justice.
For more information on previous editions of the YLH Conference, please follow the links below.
Health in the Sustainable Development Goals
Disaster and Risk Management
YLH SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE ON EHEALTH
The YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is an initiative of YLH best summarized under the pillars of education and innovation. It is an international competition that invites students and young professionals from various disciplines to develop eHealth tools that offer practical, innovative and sustainable solutions for public health problems.
The YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth takes place each year in Berlin, always with the focus on eHealth. With each edition the thematic approach changes in order to tackle relevant pressing global health challenges. During the course of the four-day challenge, participants are part of an interdisciplinary team, along with other students and young professionals from across the globe. The unique program affords participants the opportunity to partake in interactive keynote speeches and workshops by leading global health practitioners where they strengthen their understanding of the depth and complexity of the theme currently being tackled. Furthermore, with the help of designated mentors, participants work on their project ideas to find concrete, sustainable solutions that can be implemented in the field of eHealth.
Our past editions focused on:
Interoperability - bridging Health Care, Social Care and Self Care (2017)
Non Communicable Diseases and Urban Populations (2018)
Non Communicable Diseases and Air Quality (2019)
The 4th edition of the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth will be addressing Mental Health. It will take place in 2021 in Berlin, Germany (concrete dates will soon be announced).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What can I expect from the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth?
Why is Young Leaders for Health organizing a Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth?
The first YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth was launched in April 2017. The first edition tackled the theme 'Interoperability - bridging health care, social care and self care'.
Why has Young Leaders for Health chosen the topic Mental Health for this year’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth?
What will the schedule of the event look like?
The detailed program will be announced shortly.
Teams & Teamwork
How will participants be assigned to the different teams?
Can I apply with my team?
Applications are individual. Once the application phase is over, the Challenge’s organising committee will put together teams on the basis of your applications. Participants will be assigned to teams so that each of the teams will have the necessary knowledge and skills to realise their project idea (for more information see questions: How will participants be assigned to the different teams). As a result, we cannot guarantee that existing teams will be put in the same team during the Challenge.
Will I be working on my own project idea?
What assistance will my team receive?
We don’t expect the participants to be experts on the Challenge’s topic, which is why we invite several experts to guide everyone through the 4 days of the event. These experts will hold keynote speeches, giving insight into Mental Health and their ideas on eHealth. Furthermore, we will offer workshops in pitching your project idea and how to work as an interdisciplinary team. Lastly, each team will be assigned an individual mentor that supports them in their teamwork. Mentors are experts in the field of eHealth, Mental Health or/and Mental eHealth, and will use their experience to help you throughout the Challenge. They will be an integral part of your team and the voice to rely on when developing your project idea.
What prize will the winning team receive?
The emphasis of our event is to create sustainable, long-term solutions. This is why we support the winning team with prizes that enable their lasting success. Each edition’s prizes are provided by our partners, which differ from year to year. In addition to the prizes awarded by our partners, YLH will support every participating team after the Challenge is over, ensuring all ideas can be realised.
Do I have to have studied medicine or have medical knowledge in order to participate in the challenge?
I was a participant in a previous Social Entrepreneurship Challenge. Can I participate again?
Am I “young enough/too old” to apply?
We do not set any age restrictions but believe that, as long as you consider yourself as a student or a young professional, you can apply for the Challenge.
How and when can I apply?
The application phase will commence in 2021. The application will be possible through a form provided here. Details will soon be announced.
Costs & Fees
How much is the participation fee? Is there an application fee?
Apply here (tbd) today.
Each prospective participant is required to pay a participation fee.
The early bird price is tbd.
Starting tbd the participation fee will increase.
This amount covers the cost of food and drinks over the four-day Challenge, as well as a ticket for Berlin's public transport system and entry to the social event. Moreover, each team will receive materials such as flipcharts, stickers, pens etc. needed for the teamwork.
What is included in the participation fee?
The participation fee of 100€ will include food and beverages throughout the event as well as a transportation ticket for Berlin throughout the event.
What if I will not be able to attend ? Will I be refunded?
You will get a 50% refund if you cancel by tbd. If you cancel on tbd or after, you will not receive a refund. Please note that processing the refund can take up to six months.
Are travel arrangements and accommodation included in the participation fee?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial support for accommodation in Berlin. We will, however, provide you with advice on how to find good and affordable accommodation. We are working on getting sufficient funding in order to provide financial support for accommodation to and in Berlin; seeing that we have not acquired said funding to date, we cannot guarantee anything in this regard. If such funding will be available, participants will be notified about the process to apply for these grants.
Organizing Your Trip
Where will the 2021 Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth take place?
I need a visa to travel. Will the YLH assist me in any way?
The Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth’s organizing committee will provide you with the documentation needed in order to apply for a visa. A field to indicate whether you need a visa or not will be provided in the application form. Nevertheless, we cannot pay any of the fees for our participants.
Will there be vegan food?
Yes, we will provide all participants with food and drinks during the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth. The costs will be covered by your participation fee. Please indicate any dietary restrictions in the application form and we will take your culinary preferences into account during our organization.
Preliminary Program 2021 YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth - tackling Mental Health (tbd)
Update COVID-19 - 4th edition of the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth postponed
Due to the present circumstances surrounding the containment of COVID-19 and based on the information provided by the World Health Organization to date, Young Leaders for Health has concluded that the 4th edition of the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth - tackling Mental Health (originally scheduled to be held in Berlin, Germany between 6. - 9. August 2020) must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health and well-being of everyone involved - our participants, keynote speakers, workshop instructors, mentors, jury members, partners and the YLH organizing committee.We at Young Leaders for Health highly appreciate your support and understanding in this unfortunate situation.We wish everyone to stay safe and healthy!
In case of questions, we encourage you to contact us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
For advice and guidance on adopting effective behaviors to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 or transmitting the virus to other people visit the WHO website.
MEET THIS YEAR'S TEAM
For more information on the previous editions of the YLH Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth, please follow the links below.
NCDs & Air Quality
NCDs & Urban Populations
Content Guide 2019
Content Guide 2018
Content Guide 2017