Since 2010, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has been implementing an evidence-based mechanism for second-generation health promoting schools (HPS).
The mechanism focuses on enhancing the operation and function of the counseling team in implementing HPS effectiveness assessment and strengthening the model to provide local counseling, in order to ensure evidence-based data on the effectiveness of HPS as well as the outreach of Taiwan's HPS experience with the international community.
Since 2011, the MOE has been implementing the "Health Promoting Schools Counseling and Network Maintenance Project," which continues the development model of HPS in the past, emphasizing action research and the establishment of evidence-based second-generation HPS.
Since 2011, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) has also developed and completed the international accreditation standards and mechanism for health promoting schools in Taiwan in accordance with the WHO's guidelines in 2009: "Development of Health Promoting Schools – A Framework for Action". In 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, a total of four editions of HPS international accreditation were completed. Each time, international experts and scholars were invited to Taiwan to participate in the accreditation, in order to review and showcase the achievements of the HPS development in Taiwan.
The HPA hosted the "2011 International Conference and Presentation on Health Promoting Schools" from November 16 to 18, 2011, where five foreign experts were invited to share their experiences.
In 2013, the HPA, together with the International School Health Network (ISHN) in Canada and the American Society for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), co-organized the School Health Symposium, a pre-conference for HPS from August 23-25 in conjunction with the 21st IUHPE (International Union for Health Promotion and Education) World Conference on Health Promotion in Pattaya, Thailand. The symposium was attended by 60 participants from more than 20 countries. The HPA hosted a session on Asian accreditation for HPS, with examples of accreditation outcomes from China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The HPA also organized a workshop, inviting Principal Chun-hui Lee of Guilin Elementary School in Chiayi County and Principal Ping-yan Zeng of Taian Elementary School in Taichung City, who received the 2012 Gold Award of HPS International Accreditation from Taiwan to share their experiences. The Director-General of the HPA was also invited to give a closing keynote speech to share the important process and achievements of Taiwan's HPS.
At the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion in 2013, the HPA set up a booth titled "TAIWAN HPA" to introduce the important events and achievements of Taiwan in advocating health promoting workplaces, health promoting schools, health promoting hospitals (including senior-friendly hospitals), healthy communities and healthy cities (including senior-friendly cities and obesity prevention). Around 450 participants visited the booth.
In 2014, we co-organized an international conference with the American Society for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the International School Health Network (ISHN) in Canada, the European School Health Network (SHE), and the Asia Cross-Sector Network/Exchange on School Health & Development (ASH&D). The theme of the conference was "Assessments, Accomplishments, Anniversaries and Action: Knowing Where We are at, to Focus on Where We are Going in School Health, Development, and Education." A total of 12 international experts and scholars from the US, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, and Hong Kong were invited to share their experiences in promoting HPS, creating a platform to connect and learn from each other for the benefits of students, teachers and staff's well-being. The effectiveness of the HPS development in Taiwan was highly recognized by the experts at the conference.
In 2015, we hosted the "2015 International Health Promotion Conference" where 14 international experts from the US, Canada, France, Thailand and other countries were invited to share their experiences in advocacy for health and core competency assessment. We also organized a meeting and invited three foreign experts, including Professor Lawrence St. Leger from Deakin University in Australia, Professor Albert Lee from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Professor Noy S. Kay from Indiana University in the US, four experts from Taiwan, and representatives from the HPA and K-12 Education Administration to explore core indicators of HPS in Asia. The development of core indicators for HPS accreditation in Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan was discussed, and a cross-country comparison was also conducted. The meeting participants also decided to develop the Asian core indicators into a set of global core indicators for HPS and to work towards an Asia-Pacific or global network in the future
In 2016, at the 22nd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, we organized a parallel session on "Active Transportation, Active Society, and Healthy People", and we also showcased a poster titled "TACKLING TOBACCO". In addition, we published a special issue of the "Global Health Promotion" journal in collaboration with the IUHPE to publicize the achievements of Taiwan's HPS internationally.
In 2018, at the 11th European Public Health Conference, we organized a symposium titled, "Settings Approach in public health: the case of health promotion in schools in Europe and Asia." Prof. Didier Jourdan from France and Prof. Mark Dooris from UK, two European experts in health promotion, were invited to share and discuss the results of school-based health promotion with the project host, Prof. Fu-Li Chen. The symposium successfully attracted 30 attendees with a multi-marketing approach.