Interview with Terje Peetso

Two Young Gasteiners were thrilled to talk about the topic of mHealth with Terje Peetso, Policy Officer at DG CONNECT in the European Commission.  Dr Terje peetsoPeetso joined the Unit Health and Wellbeing in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology in 2011. Her main responsibilities are related to the coordination of the implementation of the eHealth Action Plan 2012 -2020 as well as the overall coordination of the policy group in the Unit.  At the European Health Forum Gastein 2016, the sessions “Reality meets reality” were organized and moderated by her. She shared her views on the topics and we started with the basics. Continue reading

Interview with Monika Kosinska

 Could you please provide us with a definition of a life-course approach, and an example of a policy that represents a good practice in this field? In addition, what would be an example of a policy that does not apply the life-course approach?


Monika Kosinska during the session on health literacy at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), September 2016 © European Health Forum Gastein

The life-course approach requires a focus on acting early, on having a healthy start, acting on time and acting together. One example on how not to apply the life-course approach is the ‘silo design’: policies that do not look at the complexity and interconnectedness between different areas are going in the wrong direction.

There are many good examples of how to apply the life-course approach in Europe, and these include national policies addressing different cohorts and different needs. They also look at different moments in life and how these moments accumulate in terms of health over time. Tailored and differentiated policies on employment, for example, are becoming more and more common in our countries. These are signs of the transition from a silo to a more comprehensive approach. Continue reading

Interview with Bernadette Kumar

Bernadette N. Kumar
Director of the Norwegian Centre for Migration and Health (NAKMI)
Interviewed by Sofia Ribeiro, Young Gasteiner

Bernadette N. Kumar was panellist in a workshop entitled “Refugee Health” at the European Health Forum Gastein.

Tell me more about what you do and what were the main achievements you had work-wise over the last year.

KumarWe work as an agency with the government, but we also work with the civil society and with health professionals. Our main aim is to generate evidence and knowledge and evidence in order to inform authorities and civil society about migration and health. In addition, we also build capacity at local level by training health professionals, and we try to disseminate the knowledge that we generate to all these levels. Continue reading

Interview with Nina Renshaw

Nina Renshaw
Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance
Interviewed by Sofia Ribeiro, Young Gasteiner

Why do you consider the involvement of NGOs essential to achieve better health outcomes?

RenshawThe involvement of NGOs leads to better decision-making, better implementation and better results for health. Our participation in health debates adds balance to the democratic process, and ensures legitimacy and practicability of decisions. NGOs can be the voice of common sense and especially of groups who are routinely excluded from policy-making, embracing the full range of diversity. These groups may include children and teenagers, refugees and migrants, unemployed people and people below the poverty line, homeless people, people suffering from mental health issues and addictions, Roma, LGBTQ, and many more. In the case of health, and for a given health problem, for example in chronic diseases, NGOs can represent the collective interest and experience of the workforce, patients’, families’ and carers’ perspectives and make sure their voice is heard in the public health debate. Continue reading

Interview with Yuan-Nian Hsu

Yuan-Nian Hsu
Director-General, health Bureau of Taichung City Government, Taiwan R.O.C.

What might be the biggest challenges concerning aging on the one hand and Hsuhealth and social care services on the other hand in Asian countries from your experience? What are some of the recurring challenges this country faces in this area?

The elderly people in East Asia are not so engaged. The main aim is to encourage our seniors to walk out of their houses and come to the communities, join various group activities. Because we know from the data that if you are alone, you are often more depressed and thus more at risk of suicide. In our program, elderly people are part of a group, which makes their lives more beautiful and valuable. Continue reading