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Join us at #EHMA2018 from 20-22 June 2018, where you will take part in vivid health policy implementation debates on 12 sub-themes.

What to expect?
Session moderators will showcase 4 questions that you can find here
for abstract guidance. Follow our weekly teasers with the highlights
of each session via social media and share it with your network. 

Do you have anything to say?
Submit your abstract, poster, e-poster on any of 12 themes below
until 15 January 2018 midnight CET.

Check all the sessions here and learn more about our session moderators here.

Pin our Annual Conference to your agenda!
The European Public Health Association (EUPHA), in collaboration with the European Health Management Association (EHMA), the OECD, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, has launched a proposal on the European Health Policy Platform, an EU-led collaborative initiative aimed at improving and supporting the exchange of information between the European Commission and a wide range of health stakeholders.

The proposal builds on the increasingly recongnition of the importance of people-centred, sustainable and integrated health workforce in Europe. There are now comprehensive policy frameworks for action and better knowledge on what should be done to respond more effectively to changing population needs and to maldistribution of health human resources. However, it is not well understood how to make this happen. The network will enhance exchange of knowledge and experience across countries. It will help connecting the policy sectors of health and social care, the data sources and instruments of workforce education, planning and monitoring, and global and European health workforce development and policy reforms. The main objective is to align health workforce policy and planning with the needs of health systems, with a focus on health workforce innovations and their implementation in order to provide methodological frameworks and space for discussion regarding scalability and transferability of health workforce innovations from one setting or one country to another.

The network will provide a platform for dialogue between a wide range of stakeholders and health workforce issues. It will address diversity of regional workforce needs visible and help reducing inequality and maldistribution of health human resources and competencies within the European Union. The network will build on comprehensive expertise and established partnerships, for instance through the organisation of joint conferences and workshops.

Learn more about the proposal here. If you have not done it yet, please support the proposal by logging in the European Health Policy Platform and expressing your preference in the dedicated poll here.

On 23rd November 2017, the European Commission, in collaboration with the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, released 28 EU Country Health Profiles, assessing the strengths and challenges in their respective health systems.

The Profiles represent one of the cornerstones of the two-year State of Health in the EU cycle, launched in 2016 with the Health at a Glance Report, with the objective of providing policy makers, interest groups, and health practitioners with factual, comparative data and insights into health and health systems in EU countries.

A companion report was released together with the Profiles, identifying five cross-cutting conclusions:
  • Health promotion and disease prevention pave the way for a more effective and efficient health system. Aside from the unbalanced investments in prevention, social inequalities need to be tackled, as illustrated by the differences in cancer screening or physical activity between people with higher and lower income and education.
  • Strong primary care efficiently guides patients through the health system and helps avoid wasteful spending. 27% visit an emergency department because of inadequate primary care. Only 14 EU countries require primary care referral for consulting a specialist; 9 other countries have financial incentives for referrals.
  • Integrated care ensures that a patient receives joined-up care. It avoids the situation we currently see in nearly all EU countries, where care is fragmented and patients have to search their way through a maze of care facilities.
  • Proactive health workforce planning and forecasting make health systems resilient to future evolutions. The EU has 18 million healthcare professionals, and another 1.8 million jobs will be created by 2025. Health authorities need to prepare their workforce for upcoming changes: an ageing population and multimorbidity, the need for sound recruitment policies, new skills, and technical innovation.
  • Patients should be at the centre of the next generation of better health data for policy and practice. The digital transformation of health and care helps capture real-world outcomes and experiences that matter to patients, with great potential for strengthening the effectiveness of health systems.
Discover all the 28 profiles here and the companion report here. And do not forget to check the summary video clicking on the preview image below.
On 8-10 November, EHMA staff participated in the 6th Consortium Meeting of SUSTAIN, our EU-funded project promoting Sustainable tailored integrated care for older people in Europe. The meeting, hosted by EHMA Members and SUSTAIN Partners, the University of Oslo, provided a platform to discuss methodology and agree on the key next steps of our work with 13 Integrated Care sites around Europe.
If you are interested in knowing more about the project, do not forget to follow the brand new Twitter account of SUSTAIN: @SUSTAINeu.

EHMA is also currently organising co-creation workshops for IC-Health, our Horizon 2020 project focused on improving digital health literacy in the EU. During the coming weeks, EHMA staff members will meet with representatives from four population cohorts, including children, teenagers, pregnant and lactating women, and older people, to discuss with them how they search, understand, appraise and apply health information searched online. Visit to discover more about the project.
The EHMA Young Advisory Committee created a Facebook group called “Young Professionals in Health Management”. The group is open to young professionals wishing to discuss health management from a research, practice, or policy perspective. Get involved and share your views with like-minded professionals to shape the future of health management in Europe!

The health research outlook on the 9th Framework Programme (FP9)
06th November 2017

Private Hospitals in Europe: Supporting Sustainable Health Systems
07th November 2017

The Future of Healthcare in the age of digitalisation: how eHealth affects our lives

8th November 2017

Women and Diabetes—Our Right to a Healthy Future
08th  November 2017

Reports on these events are available in our members-only Newsletter.
Contact us to know more about our membership!

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We are glad to announce that the EHMA Official Twitter account @EHMAinfo has recently reached more than 2.000 Followers! Thanks to all our followers for supporting us and, if you are not doing it yet, visit our profile and join the community to get live updates on health policy, research, events and much more!
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The EHMA Team
Usman, Federica, Florence, Nadia, Yowali, Michele, Colleen, Fardeen
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