The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies is hosting a hybrid event on the 20th of May 2022, “Transforming health systems for resilience” where panelists will discuss issues related to access, the health workforce and digital health. This event will kick off ‘Building resilient health systems’, the theme of the last day of the European Public Health Week, an initiative by the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).
- The session runs between 10:00 and 11:30 CEST.
- The event will take place at the facilities of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, next to Gare du Midi, Eurostation, Place Victor Horto 40-30, 1060 Bruxelles
Speakers will address three dimensions critical to resilience:
1. We have seen reduced access through postponed diagnosis and treatments resulting in massive backlogs. But we have also seen successful efforts setting up new entry points like fever clinics and better mechanisms for reaching out to hard-to-reach groups.
2. The health workforce has been extremely agile; adapting to the challenge although physical, social and mental protection of health workers was not always given. Persisting shortages and inadequate skill-mix have not helped making crisis response sustainable.
3. We have seen a massive digital uptake during the pandemic, most notably telemedicine. But the use of digital solutions between regions, professions and countries remains uneven and progress made might be reversed.
- Josep Figueras from the Observatory
- Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat from WHO Europe
- Maya Matthews from the European Commission, DG SANTE
Discussants and contributors:
- Maaike Droogers and Anna Odone from EUPHA
- Anna Sagen, Ewout van Ginneken, Matthias Wismar from the Observatory
Facilitation and chat-box:
- Suszy Lessof and Erica Richardson