The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare is a collaborative effort involving people, countries, organizations and institutions around the world, working together to restore the human dimensions of care – the universal core values that should be present in every healthcare interaction – to healthcare around the world. These human values include compassion, respect, integrity, ethical practice, excellence, justice and others. The Charter’s call to action has inspired organizations and people around the world to focus on restoring human values to all healthcare interactions.
Our Partners endorse and support the values listed in the International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare. They are working in a variety of ways to improve healthcare by making the Charter’s universal human values a priority, placing these universal human values at the center, and making them the goal of every effort in healthcare.
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International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare
See the Centre’s video introduction: “Let’s Get Talking” https://vimeo.com/77553987
Website: (currently under development)
Mission: To create an International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare where internationally recognised and multidisciplinary healthcare professionals and communication experts can work together, translating research to education and practice and improving patient safety and the quality of healthcare practices around the world.
Description: The International Research Centre for Communication in Healthcare (IRCCH) was established to address increasing awareness of the adverse consequences of ineffective communication in healthcare settings domestically and globally, and in response to the increasing realisation of the central role of communication and relationships in compassionate, safe and effective healthcare delivery. A key commitment of the Centre was to develop an International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare, the aim of which is to restore core values in healthcare and to place these values at the center, as the foundation of care. The values of the Charter inform the Centre’s research, education and practice initiatives.
IRCCH was formally launched at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Technology Sydney, Australia in June 2013. In July 2013, the Centre welcomed Curtin University, Western Australia, as a strategic partner. IRCCH (formerly known as the International Collaborative for Communication in Healthcare) brings together internationally renowned scholars, researchers, physicians, healthcare professionals, educators and linguists, and has over 50 members from more than 11 countries.
IRCCH provides a dynamic setting for members to share and collaborate on existing and future health communication research, international and local health policy and health education curricula development. The Centre’s strategic research agenda for communication in healthcare aims to improve the quality and safety of patient care, and to mobilize knowledge and expertise gained from research to guide the teaching and implementation of communication skills and relational competency in healthcare education and practice.
Mission: The mission of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is to provide quality, learner-centered osteopathic education, research, and service with emphasis on patient-centered primary care to serve the medically underserved areas of Alabama and the nation.
Description: The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) is a comprehensive, four-year osteopathic medical college located in Dothan, Alabama, USA. ACOM, the academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority, is affiliated with Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, a 420-bed regional medical center.
Mission and Description: The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more important, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.
The Charter for Compassion is not simply a statement of principle; it is above all a summons to creative, practical and sustained action to meet the political, moral, religious, social and cultural problems of our time.
Compassion in Health Care Program of Compassionate Action Network International
Mission and Description: Compassionate Action Network International (CANI) is a worldwide network of individuals, organizations, and communities that have been inspired by the Charter for Compassion to work in diverse ways to create cultures of compassion locally and globally. The Charter for Compassion is a project of Compassionate Action Network International. CANI’s international campaign programs include: Compassionate Cities, Health Care, Education, Business, Peace & Non-violence, Religion & Spirituality, and the Compassion Games.
CANI’s Compassion in Health Care program aims to bring the principles of the Charter for Compassion into every aspect of health care.
Compassionate Action Network International supplies information and resources to help create networks of cities and other organizations working to build compassionate action. We invite people to share information and experiences on many issues that touch the work of compassion. We offer resources useful in building compassionate communities and institutions
Children’s Emotional HealthLink
Mission: To improve the delivery of children’s emotional and psychosocial healthcare through an innovative approach to physician-patient communication.
Description: Children’s Emotional HealthLink (CEHL) is dedicated to helping parents, pediatricians, and other practitioners improve the emotional health of children and families. CEHL provides longitudinal training programs to enhance physicians’ ability to evaluate and manage emotional and psychosocial problems commonly seen in pediatric practice with children, adolescents and their families. CEHL also provides resources designed to empower parents and to assist pediatricians to reach out to children and families in need.
The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish)
Mission: GWish is working toward a more compassionate system of healthcare by restoring the heart and humanity of medicine through research, education and policy work focused on bringing increased attention to the spiritual needs of patients, families and healthcare professionals.
Description: Since its inception in 2001 as the first university-chartered Institute for Spirituality and Health in the United States, GWish has sustained a leadership role in building a more compassionate system of health care – a system premised on concrete scientific principles as well as one that addresses the psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients. GWish is changing the face of health care through innovative programs for physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary health care team, including clergy and chaplains. GWish’s influence to bring about change in the health care system in the United States is conducted in several ways including:
- Recognizing the spiritual dimension of health and suffering.
- Educating healthcare professionals about spirituality’s critical role.
- Addressing spiritual needs and offering a compassionate presence to those who suffer deeply.
- Stimulating changes in healthcare on the individual practitioner level and within the field of medicine and society.
- Conducting research on the core elements of spirituality and health to optimize compassion throughout the health care system.
The Good Worker
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mission: To nurture and reinvigorate professionals’ own drive to become the kind of ‘good worker’ they themselves wish to be, and to enable them to address their personal insights and values in their professional relationships.
Description: The Good Worker enables healthcare and other professionals to become aware of their many, sometimes conflicting, responsibilities. Mindful professionalism – working with an awareness of yourself and your surroundings – is our starting point in this.
The Good Worker specializes in developing and training innovative ways of addressing personal insights and values in professionals’ relations with their patients, their colleagues and with the formal parties to which they are accountable. All our methods consist of a specific combination of reflection and communication skills.
Hands of Action Uganda
Mission: To help the rural communities of the area improve their lives and prospects by mobilizing them to directly participate in initiatives and activities aimed at significantly improving their circumstances, both now and in the future, by working to eliminate injustices of abject poverty that are persistent generation after generation. Poverty is the root cause of injustices of suffering and vulnerability in our rural communities, as people cannot afford the basic needs in life.
Description: Hands of Action Uganda is a not-for-profit registered Community Based Organization (CBO), formerly Randa United Farmer’s Group (RUFG) which was created by a group of men and women farmers in Bududa district, Eastern Uganda, and dedicated to promote and empower rural communities out of poverty, help HIV/AIDS affected and infected people, and to be the most competent and effective organization in providing services to alleviate mass suffering through the care and support of children, widows, orphans, and the disabled.
HIV/AIDS is a present and ongoing threat, causing enormous suffering, and giving rise to over 2,000 orphans in our working area in Bududa and Mbale District. Our programs target the Bududa District, which has 146,000 people through our targeted interventions, our communities benefit from all the advantages that the programs bestow, enabling the people to go on and take their opportunities to improve their personal lives, to contribute to development of their communities, their country and take the rightful place in the world at large.
- To reduce patient suffering and support true healing and wellbeing
- To inspire health practitioners to become passionate caregivers
- To empower patients and their families to partner with health practitioners, so that healing becomes a shared journey
- To create healthcare systems that nurture compassionate caring
Description: Hearts in Healthcare is an international movement to rehumanize healthcare for both patients and practitioners by restoring compassion to the centre of patient care. We welcome as members ANYONE with an interest in health, caring and compassion – health professionals, patient advocates, students, health administrators, and all others.
Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education
The Hong Kong Society for Nursing Education was founded by a group of nurse educators in July 1985 under the Companies Ordinance. The mission of the Society is to achieve excellence in nursing service through the enhancement of quality nursing education. The objects for which the Society is established are:
- To promote the welfare and protect the interests of the nursing profession
- To make application or representation to the Government or other appropriate authorities on any question or matter affecting the nursing education or the members of the Society.
- To facilitate and encourage the free exchange of personal experiences, research findings.
- To provide for the delivery and holding of lectures, classes, conferences, exhibitions and public meetings, and to publish bulletins or other publications for the advancement of nursing education.
Human Values in Healthcare Forum
Mission: We seek to uphold human values and dignity in healthcare and to foster and sustain the healing goals of medicine.
Description: The Forum sets out to promote dialogue, debates, lectures, workshops, conferences and publications that make public the following aims.
- To form a network of individuals and organisations that cultivate compassionate healthcare.
- To raise awareness of norms, assumptions and practices that threaten or erode human values in healthcare.
- To offer a forum where professionals, patients, students, academics, spiritual and healthcare leaders, managers and members of the general public can engage in creative conversations and share ideas, projects and ethical concerns.
- To share and disseminate examples of good practice, relevant training, education, and research.
- To critically appraise the impact that policy and organisation have on patient-centered practice.
- To provide hope and inspiration to those who care about flourishing and humanity in healthcare.
The Forum is affiliated with the Open Section of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) the Think about Health Network, the Janaki Foundation, The Higher Education Academy, and The College of Medicine in the UK.
Mission: To promote relational learning for healthcare professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice.
Description: The Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice (IPEP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA, is an interdisciplinary educational initiative dedicated to cultivating relational competence in healthcare. IPEP grew out of the success of the Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS), and has developed an innovative, interprofessional, experiential collaborative learning paradigm. IPEP specializes in developing and conducting unique educational programs and interventions focused on challenging conversations occurring across a wide range of settings in pediatric and adult medicine, including topics in: cardiovascular and critical care, informed consent for anesthesia, primary care, complex neonatal care, neurosurgery, surgery, neurology, radiology, parent presence during difficult procedures, coaching for disclosure after adverse events, difficult prenatal conversations, organ donation, becoming a spiritual generalist, and IPEP’s international faculty development course, Difficult Conversations in Healthcare: Teaching and Practice (a Harvard Medical School continuing medical education course).
The IPEP leadership team and faculty are also involved in a wide range of research projects as well as international consultation on these themes.
National Academies of Practice, USA
Mission: The mission of the National Academies of Practice is to promote excellence in practice of healthcare professionals, and quality healthcare for all through interprofessional collaboration in service delivery, research, education, and public policy advocacy.
Description: The National Academies of Practice (NAP) was founded in 1981, and serves as a distinguished policy forum that advises United States governmental organizations and policy makers on approaches in healthcare. NAP is an honorific, national group comprised of elected members of 14 Academies representing:
- Osteopathic Medicine
- Podiatric Medicine
- Social Work
- Veterinary Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech and Language Therapy
The National Academies of Practice:
- Recognizes and honors the contributions of the nation’s leading health care practitioners through its constituent Academies;
- Supports its distinguished members in developing and disseminating practices, models, curricula, and policies that enhance interprofessional collaboration in practice settings
- Informs policy makers at the national and state levels regarding public policies that will enhance access to health care and advance excellence in the promotion of health, and prevention and treatment of disease, injury, disability, and poor health.
NAP also publishes the new Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice (JIEP).
Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing,
Pi Iota Chapter
Mission: Pi Iota Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing promotes education, research and scholarship, and the sharing of high professional practices to enhance the profession’s contribution to global health.
Description: Pi Iota chapter was chartered as the first Hong Kong Chapter of STTI at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Year 2000 from the formerly established Honor Society of Nursing since 1997. It aims
- To be the organization of choice for scholarship, knowledge and leadership for nurses to think globally, while also acting locally;
- To foster high professional standards, encourage creative work, education and research;
- To support the learning and professional development of our members, who strive to improve nursing care worldwide;
- Through collaboration with other chapters of the STTI and other international organizations, members of Pi Iota chapter undertake scholarly work that leads to quality health services and demonstrates nursing excellence.
SOBRAMFA – Medical Education & Humanism
Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina de Família
Mission: To promote a change in the process of Brazilian Medical Education, nurturing social responsibility and citizenship in future doctors and fostering the humanistic perspective of doctoring, in order to support patients’ needs and health demands from the Brazilian community.
Description: SOBRAMFA–Medical Education and Humanism, (former Brazilian Society for Family Medicine) is an academic society founded by a group of physicians in 1992 in São Paulo, Brazil, with the aim of promoting medical education and humanism in medicine, and helping to establish the proper basis and scientific methodology for family practice.
SOBRAMFA was the first initiative to promote academic Family Medicine in Brazil. Since the beginning SOBRAMFA’s main role has been with medical students from diverse Brazilian medical schools, because of their interest in Humanistic Medicine, Patient Centered approach, ethics and human values in medicine.
- Cooperate in providing a humanistic and anthropologic education for future physicians.
- Collaborate in the education of medical students, developing the capacity for providing a Patient Centered approach model useful for Primary Care.
- Integrate medical students into the community and its real needs, increasing their sense of citizenship and social responsibility as doctors.
- Develop research projects, based on the Brazilian social reality, in order to help construct a proper framework able to support the needs of our society.
- Collaborate in the selection process of candidates for medical schools.
- Promote Ethics and Human Values in Medicine;
- Develop Medical Humanities (Literature, Cinema, Poetry, Music, Narratives) as a resource to promote the humanistic dimension of doctoring and support future doctors’ empathy with patients.
- Provide faculty development education for medical schools’ teachers.
Articles written by the SOBRAMFA team, and published in many countries around the world, can be found here: http://www.sobramfa.com.br/en/pagina.php?p=articles
Taiwan Association of Medical Education
Mission: To promote medical education and research. To provide academic and educational training. To publish journals related to medical education. To enhance networking and scholarly exchange between domestic and overseas medical educators.
Description: The Taiwan Association of Medical Education (TAME) was established in 2004 to promote medical education and research in Taiwan. The association offers training, organizes conferences, and publishes the Journal of Medical Education.
Mission: Transcendent Endeavors is dedicated to optimizing the outcomes of our communications.
Description: Our innovative products enable people to overcome communication barriers, attain new possibilities and improve their quality of life. As the winner of multiple awards from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), we apply a scientifically rigorous approach to our research and development efforts, and place a special emphasis on addressing the needs of under-served populations. Our growing portfolio of tools is making a difference in many fields of endeavor, including patient-provider communication, clinical workflow optimization, population health promotion, and early childhood education.