YFG ARCHIVE 
30 September - 03 October 2014, Bad Hofgastein
In 2014, 77 young professionals working in the field of health from Member States of the European Union and beyond have been invited to attend the 17th EHFG. This year, scholarships are supported by the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers; DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology and the Joint Research Centre), ASPHER, and the Gastein Forum.
During the EHFG conference the Young Gasteiners have a busy schedule. In addition, informal meetings and workshops between the scholars and EU Commissioner-designate Vytenis Andriukaitis, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab, and European Commission Director General Paola Testori-Coggi took place.
A special Young Gastein workshop on cross-border care got Young Gasteiners working in diverse inter-professional and inter-cultural groups, facilitating networking and encouraging thinking about the inherent issues of an important European healthcare topic.
Young Gasteiners are playing an increasingly important role both in the organisation of the conference and increasing the visibility of the YFG initiative. At this year’s conference, Young Gasteiners will participate as speakers or panellists in a number of parallel forum sessions including Forum 1 on Public Health Leadership and Forum 2 on Building EU Health Policy for the future. In association with sponsors DNV GL, Young Gastein alumni are also co-organising a workshop on person-centred care, which builds on a successful workshop held on the same topic and supported by MSD in Brussels in June. Two Young Gasteiners evaluated the applications for the 2014 European Health Award and will be moderating the Award Ceremony.
Following the development of a Young Forum Gastein strategy in early 2014, the Young Gastein Network continues to go from strength to strength, with the young health professionals participating in a range of summer schools, conferences and workshops throughout the year. We look forward to further building on the initiative throughout 2015. Thanks to all members of the Young Forum Gastein Network who contribute so enthusiastically during the conference and throughout the year, and special thanks to the following supporters of the initiative in 2014: the European Commission (DG SANCO, DG CONNECT and the Joint Research Centre); ECDC; MSD; ASPHER and the Health Promotion Administration, Taiwan, R.O.C.