Covid 19

We are currently experiencing the largest global emergency for a generation. For many people this is a moment of sadness, fear and social isolation. EACH wish to reach out to all of our members and the wider healthcare communication community in this uncertain time. We want you to know that you are not alone, we are here for you.

The COVID-19 outbreak is constantly changing worldwide: we are informed daily of the growing number of confirmed cases and, unfortunately, of people who have died. We are facing a major public health threat with many consequences at different levels, including economical.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding future public gatherings and the demands being placed upon all healthcare service providers, the EACH Executive Committee and ICCH Planning Committee have taken the decision to postpone ICCH 2020, which was due to take place from 8-11 September in Vienna, Austria. We are presently looking at alternative schedule and format options for the conference and look forward to releasing further details on how the conference will be delivered in due course.

In the meantime, please remember we are not individual nations fighting this alone, we are one nation of human beings finding or rediscovering the meaning of ideals, proposals and actions for the common good. I offer you three key statements to find strength: align against the virus; sustain as best you can; plan for the future.

As EACH, we are present and ready to advise any of you on healthcare communication during this COVID-19 pandemic. We will be sharing resources to help you with these new, unprecedented challenges.

Sending you all our support & very best wishes,
Your President, Sara Rubinelli

EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare is a global organisation dedicated to exploring and improving the ways in which healthcare professionals, patients and relatives communicate with one another.

EACH and its members work together to:

  • Promote effective, patient-centred and evidence-based healthcare communication
  • Provide expertise, resources and skills for health communication education, research and practice
  • Encourage networking between healthcare communication professionals to provide advice and cooperation on health communication projects and education

We encourage you to join EACH to help promote effective healthcare communication throughout the world.  EACH members significantly contribute to the body of evidence and best practices in research, education, and implementing effective communication in healthcare for learners, clinicians and health care systems. Through EACH, you can learn from and contribute to improving communication in your own workplace, country or sphere of influence as well as throughout the world.

ICCH 2020



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