“We have been too nice for too long!” Advocating for health in Europe

I met Fiona Godfrey, former Secretary General of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), at the workshop ‘Transforming HIV responses in Europe’ during the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG) 2019. I knew immediately this was a lady I wanted to speak to! She has ideas how we, in the European Union (EU), can use our establishment to improve the health of our population, even if perhaps it may seem like, unrightfully so, the EU has no mandate on health.

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Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Boosting Prevention and Catalyzing Joint European Action to Improve Patient Outcomes

Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. In Europe, 3.9 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and an estimated 1.93 million people died from cancer in the same year1. In fact, 40% of EU citizens are likely to face this disease at some stage of their lives. With Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the new European Commission is placing the fight against cancer at the top of its policy agenda.

Dr. Tit Albreht, Lead of IPAAC Joint Action and an expert on National Cancer Control Plans (NCCPs), spoke to Young Gasteiner Thomas Gelin after the EHFG 2019 session ‘A European Cancer Plan’. He emphasised the importance of focusing on prevention, early diagnosis, and patients’ and survivors’ quality of life.

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Skill-mix in healthcare: “No health professional has all the skills”

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation, and Honorary Professor, College of Social Sciences Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), University of Birmingham, acted as moderator during the EHFG 2019 Lunch Workshop “Health workforce disruption; effectiveness and implementation of skill-mix innovations”, organised by The Health Foundation and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. After the session, Young Gasteiners, Olga Löblová and Elisa Boekhorst interviewed Anita on the topic of skill-mix in the health workforce, its success stories, challenges, and the potential for a sustainable future for our health systems.

Anita Charlersworth at the EHFG 2018.
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Shaping the future of healthcare research under Horizon Europe – What is the way forward?

Nick Fahy, Senior Researcher, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, is a researcher and consultant in health policy and systems, looking at how health systems work; what we can learn by comparing health systems across countries; and how to bring about constructive change in health systems.

At the EHFG 2019, Nick moderated the Lunch Workshop Horizon Europe: Strategic priorities in European health research, organised by the European Commission. After the session we discussed his views on the future of health research under Horizon Europe and the key take-home messages from the debate.

Nick Fahy at the EHFG 2019
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How to shape the digital future of healthcare?

A one on one interview with Magda Rosenmöller, MD, Ph.D., MBA – Associate Professor at IESE Business School and one of the founders of EIT Health conducted by a Young Gasteiner Anca M. Sarbu, MSPH – Head of Quality Management & Organisational Development at Klinik Meissenberg AG and Health Innovation Mentor at EIT Health, Switzerland.

As an ambassador for health innovation, Magda was involved in the session on “The digital future of healthcare” at the EHFG 2019, where she boldly called for much needed transformation.

Magda Rosenmöller, MD, Ph.D., MBA – Associate Professor at IESE Business School
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