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National Forum of Germany

Official Name:
Deutsches Netzwerk für Betriebliche Gesundheitsförderung (DNBGF) 
June 2001
The network wants to strengthen the development and dissemination of good workplace health practices in Germany. It aims to improve the profile of WHP and to make co-operation possible between all relevant stakeholders.
The network operates in six forums, each independently covering specific WHP settings: health care and welfare, education and training, (larger) private sector enterprises, small and medium sized enterprises, labour markets and public administrations. The network secretariat is based at the Federal Association BKK; its work is overseen by an advisory board who involves all relevant institutional stakeholders such as the social partners, the responsible federal ministries, a representative of the German Laender, the umbrella institutions of social insurance and relevant professional associations.
Sponsor Institutions:
The set-up of the network is financed by the Federal Association of Company Health Insurance Funds (BKK) and the German Federation of Institutions for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention (HVBG). Both institutions have been working together for many years in the field of prevention of workplace-related health hazards and sponsor the Networks secretariat in the context of their common initiative "IGA" (Initiative Health and Work).
Working Methods:
The network is open to all stakeholders in workplace health promotion. This applies to enterprises as well as to networks and individuals.

Each forum holds an annual "Forum Conference" and presents its conclusions and working programmes on the "Network Conference".

Each forum is lead by a team of co-ordinators and develops its own agenda. Based on this agenda, each forum reviews the current state of development, collects successful WHP methods, builds up a pool of arguments which helps justify investments in WHP, and develops recommendations and strategies for future implementation. 
Cooperation Partners:
"Initiative for New Quality of Working Life" (INQA), an association of the federal and state governments, social insurance representatives, social partners and companies.

"Forum for Prevention and Health Promotion", a platform established in 2001 by the Federal Ministry for Health and Social Affairs, associations, institutions, public authorities and co-operatives.

DNBGF - Secretariat c/o BKK Bundesverband
Kronprinzenstraße 6, D - 45128 Essen

Phone: +49 (0) 201 179 1289
Fax: +49 (0) 201 179 1032