Young Leaders for Health e.V.
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Young Leaders for Health Conference 2019
Health Workforce

15th - 18th August 2019, Berlin

The Young Leaders for Health Conference is back, making Berlin this summer’s place to be for future global health policy-makers,
scientists, advocates, artists, and entrepreneurs. 

Are you one of them? 

To apply, please click this button  and fill out our application form. 

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The Conference at a Glance

A quick overview of the most important information



15th - 18th August 2019
Thursday Morning - Sunday Afternoon

Approx. 200 participants from all over the world, each from a different background

Berlin, Germany
Charité Medical University, Campus Virchow

Conference Topic
"Health Workforce": Policies, Availability,
Performance, Digitization and much more

Conference Fee
120€ incl. catering, conference material, social events etc.
* accomodation, visa and travel cost not included

Working Language
English will be used for all activities and
personal conversations

This year's Topic: Health Workforce

Explore the complex and multidimensional challenges of our topic "Health Workforce" at the YLH Conference 2019.



Achieving universal health coversage and the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health highly depend on the availability, accessibility,acceptability and quality of the health workforce. Unfortunately, numerous challenges regarding our health workforce persist, such as shortages, maldistribution, inefficient use of resources, an uneven gender distribution, poor working conditions, skill-mix imbalances or limited availability of health workforce data.

Resolving these issues is highly important and even more so in light of the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Health workforce underpins SDG 3, “Good Health and Wellbeing”, underlined through target 3c: “substantially increase health financing, and the recruitment, development and training and retention of the health workforce [...]”. Without improvements concerning health workforce, SDG 3 will remain an aspirational goal.


Transnational efforts are needed to mobilize resources for the heath workforce. Therefore, participants at this conference will explore the issues regarding health workforce and discuss options as well as determinants of change. In order to do so, YLH has identified five cross-cutting issues and enabling factors as sub-topics of the conference.

The Sub-Topics: Cross-sectional Challenges


Availability & Performance of Health Workforce: Planning, recruitment, quality of health workforce


Investments in the Health Workforce
Capacity building, remuneration, continuing education, transferability of policies, interprofessional collaborations


Health Workforce Distribution:
Inequality across genders; geographical distribution at global, national and regional level of health systems


Digitization and Automation:
Impact of the digital revolution on Health Workforce; Preparedness of Health Workforce for advances of digital and automated technologies in healthcare


Strategies for assessment, monitoring, evaluation and policy implementation:​
Strengthening institutions, supervision, managing migration, retirement, legislation, advocacy.

The Components of our Conference

Are you interested in various interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, politics and diplomacy?


At the third edition of the Young Leaders for Health Conference, you will have the chance to explore our conference topic "Health Workforce" within various educational formats. Each participant will attend a series of keynote lectures and will assume
the role of a delegate in a simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA). 


World Health Assembly Simulation

Each participant will take part in a simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme decision-making body of the WHO. You will assume the role of a members state delegate, media representative or non-state actor representatives and discuss a pressing issue pertaining to our health workforce. We organize a plenary and small regional meetings, so that you have the chance to experience diplomacy in large and small settings.
With the WHA Simulation, we want you to participate actively in the field of Global Health. While representing a country, you will be able to get an impression of the different countries’ preferences concerning global health as well as the negotiations going on between them. This will help you to understand global decision-making and how to overcome political obstacles.  

Keynote Lectures

The series of keynote lectures will give each participant the most important information about this year's topic "health workforce". These lectures are not just numbers read off the screen. Instead, they will be held by renown experts and leaders in global health, who will provide both theoretical knowledge as well as practical insights from their professional experiences. 

The lectures will have a special focus on disadvantaged groups within our heath workforce: women, youth and migrants. We have chosen these topics to raise awareness for the specific challenges which these groups face within the health workforce and society as a whole. This will enable you to understand the health workforce challenges from various perspectives.

Besides participating in the WHA Simulation and the key note lectures, you will also be able to choose
one of our three conference specialization tracks:


Track A
Workshop Program

Track B
Systems Thinking Lab

Track C
Design Thinking Lab

Conference Specialization Tracks

Participating in our comprehensive workshop program will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of this year's topic "Health Workforce". They will provide an insight into the numerous subtopics relating to health workforce, such as availability, performance, safety, digitization and investments.

These interactive workshops will give participants the chance to find and work on practical solutions to the most pressing health issues worldwide. You will be able to test your knowledge whilst discussing your own views on the matter with peers and global health experts alike.

To sustainably strengthen health systems, it is necessary to adopt a more holistic perspective. The Systems Thinking Lab will give you the chance to conceptualize, experiment, experience and reflect on how systems thinking can be applied to complex adaptive health systems. You will gain not only insights in the concept of systems thinking, but also experiences in using its common methodologies and tools. 

During the lab the participants will be tasked to design and evaluate an intervention for a health workforce problem, deploying system thinking methods and tools.

The Design Thinking Lab will give you a chance to ideate new solutions for global health problems. Design Thinking is a rapid innovation method because it forces designers to rapidly move through the design phases,: they will prototype their ideas, ‘test’ them and re-innovate and if necessary iterate them.


You will get the chance to learn this solution-finding method and apply it to a global health challenge. Facilitators will provide guidance while you are expected to shift in mindset from a linear to an holistic approach to understand adaptive health systems.

* Please note: you can only participante in one track, since they run parallel.

Apply for the YLH Conference 2019
Are you passionate and keen to make your mark within global health
Do you want to explore interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges?
Do you want to create lasting networks with like-minded peers?

Then we need you to apply for the YLH Coference 2019!

Applications are open for everyone. All professional and academic backgrounds are welcome because solutions to global health problems need an holistic approach that includes perspectives from various disciplines.  

To apply, please click this button  and fill out our application form. 

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