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 2015 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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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)
This year’s Social Entrepreneurship Challenge on eHealth will be addressing Mental Health. It will take place from 6th - 9th August 2020 in Berlin, Germany.
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