EHMA Newsletter - March 2017
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EHMA 2017 Annual Conference, considering the topic of "Health Futures", will be held from 13th - 15th June in the vibrant city of Milan, Italy, hosted by the prestigious Bocconi University.

During the three-days Conference several Parallel Sessions, Special Interest Group meetings, Thematic Sessions and presentations will take place, together with social events that will enhance networking and knowledge sharing among the delegates in an informal atmosphere.

This year we are honoured to have with us three renowned Keynote Speakers: Dr. Josep Figueras, Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Head of the WHO European Centre on Health Policy in Brussels; Sir David Sloman, Chief Executive Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; and Prof. Jan Kimpen, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Philips.
EU Health Policy Discussions - Vaccine Hesitancy
Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year. EU Member States spend on average 3% of their health budgets on reduction and protection against a range of serious diseases by immunization. However, different population groups targeted by vaccination often express fear and loss of trust due to a lack of understanding about disease prevention. This can cause major problems for immunization programs because insufficient uptake can compromise herd immunity.
Discover more about EHMA Programme Directors' Meeting

Post graduate health management programmes lie at the very heart of EHMA, from the Association's foundation in 1982 until today. Indeed, thirty-five years on and that focus remains a core aspect of the EHMA work programme with our Programme Directors' Network.

In February, the PD Network had its annual meeting in Germany to discuss current challenges and strategic issues for postgraduate health management programmes.

The Editor's Pick

In this new feature Federico Lega, Editor in Chief of EHMA Health Services Management Research Journal, discusses his monthly editor's pick:

"Medical managers’ managerial self-efficacy and role clarity: How do they bridge the budgetary participation–performance link?"
by Macinati, Cantaluppi e Rizzo.

The article addresses a key issue for the management of modern healthcare organizations. The ongoing shift from iatocracies and professional bureaucracies toward a more management-driven organisational model, calling for stronger rather than less engagement from clinicians. Without an effective exercise of leadership by doctor-managers, healthcare organisations struggle in balancing their strategic focus among quality, outcomes, efficiency, and economics. 
The Brussels' Bubble

On 25th March 2017, the European Union will celebrate its 60th anniversary. As the EU marks this new milestone, the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe. Outlining the main opportunities and challenges in the coming decade, including ageing population, the Paper sets out five illustrative scenarios, each providing a different vision of the Union’s future. Discover more about the possible evolution paths and download the White Paper.

We would also like to share with you ‘Planting Fresh Ideas’, an initiative by Humane Society International on healthy and sustainable diets and on the health impacts of overconsumption of animal source foods. 

On February 27th and 28th, EHMA attended the Final Conference of CHRODIS - Joint Action on Chronic Disease that allowed the project consortium to present the main results and deliverables, including the Good Practices platform and the ‘12 steps to tackle the burden of chronic diseases’. More about the conference outcomes is now available on

EHMA is also glad to share with you a series of video-interviews focused on the experience of the health professionals involved in the implementation of the SUSTAIN project on integrated care. Get to know more about their motivations, goals and objectives, implementation challenges and cross-countries exchanges here.

Last but not least, if you are interested in digital health literacy keep an eye on we will soon present the official visual identity of the project together with the IC-Health research survey of current scenarios of digital health literacy.
Upcoming Events
10 - 12 May 2017, St. Julian's, Malta
 Early bird special fee for EHMA Members

28 - 29 June 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 Limited free tickets for EHMA Members
05-07 April 2017, Luxexpo, Luxembourg

Our Brussels office staff has seen some changes recently. We are very pleased to welcome Federica Margheri, our new Systems and Administration Officer; Nadja Rubtsova, our new Events Manager; and Nathan Malan, who will be taking over the Membership and Governance Assistant position, as Aurora Mantas moves into Maurice Hameleers’ former position, as Policy and Projects Assistant. We wish Maurice all the best with his traineeship at the European Parliament!

For our
EHMA Members: watch out for our new Members' survey coming soon in your inboxes. Let us know how we can better serve you!

Finally, we are excited to say that EHMA has been named a winner in
The 2017 Social Care Awards for outstanding service and innovation within the field of social care.
The EHMA Team
Usman, Florence, Aurora, Lejla, Federica, Nadja, Nathan, Michele
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