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

15th - 18th August 2019, Berlin

The third edition of the Young Leaders for Health Conference made Berlin the place to be for future global health policy-makers, scientists, advocates, artists, and entrepreneurs. People from all over the world and from various background came together to discuss the topic "Health Workforce". 

Conference Information

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The past Conference at a Glance

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

90 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.

Organized by an international team
The Organizing Committee represented
various nations and backgrounds

The Conference Topic: Health Workforce

Participants explored the complex and multidimensional challenges of the topic "Health Workforce" at the YLH Conference 



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 have explored the issues regarding health workforce and discussed options as well as determinants of change. In this context, 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.

Overview of the past Conference

The conference covered various interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, politics and diplomacy


At the third edition of the Young Leaders for Health Conference, participants had the chance to explore the conference topic "Health Workforce" within various educational formats. Each participant attended a series of keynote lectures and assumed the role of a delegate in a simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA). 


World Health Assembly Simulation
Keynote Lectures

Each participant took part in a simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme decision-making body of the WHO. They assumed the role of a members state delegate, media representative or non-state actor representatives and discussed a pressing issue pertaining to our health workforce. We organized a plenary and small regional meetings, so that participants had the chance to experience diplomacy in large and small settings.
With the WHA Simulation, we wanted our participants to actively engage in the field of Global Health. While representing a country, they were able to get an impression of the different countries’ preferences concerning global health as well as the negotiations going on between them. This helped them to understand global decision-making and how to overcome political obstacles.  

Click here to read the resolutions on Health Workforce that the participants have passed

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

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

Click here for a summary of the keynote lectures and information about the speakers

Conference Specialization Tracks

Besides participating in the Simulation and the keynotes, participants were also be able to choose a conference specialization track:

Track A
Workshop Program

Participating in our comprehensive workshop program enabled our participants to gain an understanding of the topic "Health Workforce". The workshops provided an insight into the numerous subtopics relating to health workforce, such as safety, availability, performance, digitization or investments.

These interactive workshops gave participants the chance to find and work on practical solutions to the most pressing health issues worldwide. They were able to test their knowledge whilst discussing their own views on the matter with peers and global health experts alike.

Track B
Systems Thinking Lab

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

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

Track C
Design Thinking Lab

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


Participants learned this solution-finding method and applied it to a global health challenge. Facilitators have provide guidance while they shifted their mindset from a linear to an holistic approach to understand adaptive health systems.

Click here for a summary of workshops and information about the instructors

Click here for a summary of the systems thinking lab and information about the instructor

Click here for a summary of the design thinking lab and information about the instructor