Essen as a health location from social, societal and economic viewpoints is the subject of the 1st Essen Health Forum. With the title "Essen.Gesund.Vernetzt." ("Essen.Health.Networked."), healthcare and health economy professionals debate current and future developments in their fields across sectors.
Thomas Kufen, Lord Mayor of the City of Essen, is the initiator of the forum: "We are already well-networked in Essen. "Essen.Health.Networked." is living reality. The medical know-how and reputation of our hospitals, doctors' practices and medical specialists can bear comparison with well-known health locations all over the world. Essen is by far the largest health care and research metropolis by the Ruhr. The aim is to consolidate and refine this potential."