Nicoline Tamsma - President

Nicoline Tamsma
Co-ordinating Adviser International Affairs, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

Nicoline Tamsma has been elected as EuoHealthNet's President in 2014.

Nicoline Tamsma is Co-ordinating Adviser International Affairs at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands, where her main role is to advise the institute’s executive management on international policy and strategy.

A social scientist, she started her career as a health promotion specialist in Rotterdam, with a special focus on improving equitable access and responsiveness of health and social services. Following on from that, she led the city’s response as HIV Policy and Strategy Co-ordinator, was a member of the national AIDS Advisory Committee, and co-ordinated WHO’s Multi-City Action Plan on AIDS -an initiative embedded in WHO’s Healthy Cities Network.

She was then appointed as European Health Policy Co-ordinator at the Nuffield Institute for Health in Leeds, England, leading an innovative regional partnership aiming to maximize local health gain through European collaboration, as well as co-ordinating a major EU research project on health systems reform.  

Back in the Netherlands, she continued to work on international affairs. On behalf of the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare, she facilitated national dialogue on EU and international health policy non-governmental stakeholders at the Department of Health, published on EU policy issues, and developed international teaching and training modules on that subject.

Her longstanding involvement in the European health community included a role on the Board of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and as Chair of their EU Advisory Committee, and as a member of the European Health Forum Gastein’s Advisory Committee.

As a researcher, she made substantial contributions to EU-funded research efforts focusing on integrated care, the role of the health care sector in tackling social exclusion, and quality and equity of access in Europe. She also contributed to RIVM’s work on EU health information  and currently leads the international programme of RIVM’s Centre for Healthy Living.