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EHMA appoints George Valiotis as new Interim Executive Director

The European Health Management Association (EHMA) is pleased to welcome George Valiotis as its new Interim Executive Director. George took post on Monday, 12th August 2019. George brings extensive European and international experience to this role, having worked in executive roles specialising in health policy, research, systems thinking, management, human rights, education and training. He is Greek and has lived and worked in Switzerland, France, Australia, Belgium, and Scotland.

Find out more in our press release by clicking here
EHMA is glad to announce the second edition of its Winter School, organised by the EHMA Programme Directors' Group. The EHMA 2020 Winter School will take place in Grimbergen, Belgium from 4th to 6th February 2020.

The EHMA 2020 Winter School will be focussing on "Reimagining leadership for healthcare" and participants will learn about:
  • How to work together – Collaborative approaches in leadership
    Dr. Stephen Brookes, University of Manchester, UK
  • On the hard side of soft-skills – “Soft” competencies and leadership skills in health care services
    Dr. Maarten Janssen, Erasmus Centre for Healthcare Management, The Netherlands
  • Am I an effective leader? Self-perception of potential leaders
    Dr. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK
Congratulations to the 2019 UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence winners: University of DundeeOxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Ernst von Bergmann Hospital with the Dialysis Center Potsdam and the Diaverum Kidney Care Center MVZ Potsdam affiliated with Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

Each of these outstanding best practice examples demonstrate that laboratory medicine is an integral part of the care continuum. Visit UNIVANTS Healthcare Excellence, learn more about the winning teams and apply for the next edition of UNIVANTS. 

Click here to watch a brief video presentation featuring the Univants winners.

Commission seeks volunteers for e-health panel!

The European Commission issued a call for interest in joining its e-health advisory group for the next three years.
The eHealth Stakeholders Group would offer advice and expertise on implementing the April 2018 communication on digital health transformation, as well as matters like cross-border access to health data and artificial intelligence. That includes plans for a European electronic health record to help exchange medical data between countries.
People from the health tech sector, academia and civil society groups representing patients and health professionals are invited to apply by 27th September.

Click here for more information on the call.

On Wednesday, 31 July 2019 the webinar on Health in the Horizon Europe programme took place. Jarek Waligora (European Commission) gave a presentation introducing Horizon Europe and its Strategic Plan, followed by Jean-Luc Sion (European Commission) who presented the public consultation and the Research & Innovation Days (R&I) Days. The webinar ended with a Q&A session.

The webinar was recorded and can be accessed by clicking here.
More information on Horizon Europe can be found here.
The European Research & Innovation Days will bring together stakeholders to debate and shape the strategic priorities of Horizon Europe, the European Commission's next research and innovation framework programme. The event will provide opportunities for participants to come together, deepen the dialogue and work across sectors and disciplines to help plan Horizon Europe.
The event will consist of a Policy Conference, an Innovative Europe Hub and “Science is wonderfulexhibition showcasing EU-funded projects.

To check the program and register, please click here.

Innovations in Health and Social Care – Enhancing Health and Wellbeing in Europe

The economy of wellbeing is one of the umbrella themes for the health and social sector during the Finnish Presidency. The event focuses on enhancing a structured cooperation across Member States to generate evidence for policy making that will support European health and social care systems to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

The event is organised in collaboration with the EU-funded initiative, TO-REACH in which both the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Academy of Finland are partner institutes. The event will bring together representatives from different policy areas, as well as stakeholders from public and private sector, and academia.

Date and time: Tuesday, 3 December 2019 from 10:00 to 16:00 (CET)

Venue: Stanhope Hotel Brussels by Thon Hotels, Rue Du Commerce 9, Brussels, Belgium
Click here to get in contact with the organisers.

The EHMA Secretariat has conducted a research on calls for proposals for EU-funded projects. A list of over 31 Horizon 2020 open calls fitting the focus area ‘Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing‘ were collected as possible projects for EHMA. The calls listed in the document available below are open until the end of  April, 2020 and the EHMA Secretariat is planning to partner up with members, network organisations and former project partners in a number of proposals.
The focus of the EHMA’s participation in the proposals generally revolves around supporting project consortia taking advantage of the recognised expertise on dissemination and stakeholder engagement to boost the impact and outreach of the project results.

You can find the summary document with a list of relevant H2020 calls by clicking here.

If you want to know more about the calls or if you would like to partner with EHMA, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat.

Upcoming Events
EU Health Programme High Level Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 30 september 2019

European Health Forum Gastein
Austria, 2-4 October 2019

EPF Congress 2019
Brussels, Belgium, 12-14 November 2019

European Public Health Conference (EPH)
Marseille, France, 20 - 23 November 2019

Our colleague, Adrianna Trojak, who started at EHMA as an intern will continue working with us as Events and Partnerships Officer.  She will work to organise the EHMA 2020 Annual Conference and other events.

We would also like to wish all the best to our Events and Partnership Manager, Nadia Rubtsova who will soon go on maternity leave to then re-join EHMA in February 2020. We wish Nadia and her husband all the very best in this new chapter of their lives.
The EHMA Team
George, Adrianna, Federica, Michele, Nadia, Flavio, Marcel, Yuanyuan
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