COVID-19: From viral to containment

The COVID-19 global public health emergency is showing us once again the importance of bringing experts together, exchanging practices and finding common or shared answers to tackle key public health issues. The complex nature of this common challenge and its practical implications is generating unprecedented stress on several components of our health system and requires rapid responses, reorganisation of how care is delivered and novel management solutions.

With this new webinar series, we want to bring together all the key stakeholders involved in health management to tackle some of the most important issues related to this global crisis. Topics will include how to manage primary care during the COVID19 outbreak, control recommendations for hospitals, internal procurement, and more. 

These webinars are free and open to the public. Recording of all webinars will be available soon after the webinar airs.

Target Audience
  • Healthcare managers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Policy makers
  • Scholars and researchers engaged in health management
  • Citizens at large

Future Webinars

5. Managing COVID-19: an Italian Perspective

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: In February 20th “Patient 1”, was discovered in Codogno Hospital, in Lombardia Region. From that day more than 30.000 people have died in Italy, 50% of them in northern Italy and in the Lombardia Region, in particular. The Graduate School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS) has launched a research team dedicated to monitoring the institutional and organizational models of the response of the 20 health care systems active in Italian regions. We have seen a great variability in terms of use of testing, the role of COVID-hospitals, of nursing homes, of physical and virtual monitoring. We were able to identify 3 organizational models of response: hospital-based model; community-based model, hospital and community-integrated model. The opportunity of analysing the impact of different organizational solutions used to face the same emergency can be a significant learning opportunity for hospitals and healthcare systems worldwide 

Speaker: Prof. Americo Cicchetti, Director of the Graduate School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS)

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom. To register, please click here.

Past Webinars

1. Primary care during the COVID19 outbreak 

Date & Time: Thursday, April 9, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: This EHMA webinar on Primary Care and COVID-19 will involve a key speaker and expert from Catalonia, Spain, with the objective of outlining how primary care settings, typically the first contact for patients within healthcare systems, are reacting to the emergency. 

Speaker: Dr. Antoni Peris Grao, Managing Director at CASAP, EHMA Board member

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom.

2. Health Systems and Health Literacy in the time of COVID-19

Date & Time: Thursday, April 23, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: Health literacy is vital to both slowing down the spread of this virus and mitigating its impact and effects of COVID-19, but what do health systems need to understand about health literacy for a stronger response?  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said: “We’re not just fighting an epidemic; we’re fighting an infodemic”. What is the role of health systems, and how can health managers facilitate developing a health literate society?

Speakers: Dr Kristine Sørensen, President of the International Health Literacy Association, and Professor Stephan Van den BrouckeProfessor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Psychological Sciences Research Institute of the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom.

3. Hospitals & COVID-19: where are we succeeding and failing?

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: The COVID-19 outbreak exposed some central vulnerabilities in our health systems. Across all Europe, hospitals are forced to reorganize their internal structure, turning most areas into COVID wings. Hospitals and healthcare managers must take necessary steps to ensure the safety of their staff, patients and the wider community. What are the priorities in dealing with this emergency from a hospital management perspective? How are hospitals interacting with all the actors to ensure essential medical care to their community? In this webinar, a perspective from Finland and Portugal.

Speaker: Dr Alexandre Lourenço, President of the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH), EHMA Board Member, and Dr Markku Mäkijärvi, Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS).

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom

4. European Hospitals & COVID-19: reacting and adapting

Date & Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 12.30 PM Brussels time

Overview: Since the emergence of COVID-19 in late December 2019, healthcare systems around all of Europe have drastically changed. They were not sufficiently prepared to face this COVID-19 outbreak and they had to be adapted to reorganize to better face the situation.  When it comes to hospitals, they had to reorganize their internal structure, figuring out how to distribute available rooms or beds, staff, and equipment to ensure all patients get care. Although we are in the midst of the response, do managers have access to the information and resources they need in order to create best practices and process changes for the future?  How is COVID-19 affecting the reshaping of hospitals and how are they preparing for a second coronavirus wave?

Speaker: Prof. Federico Lega, EHMA President, Professor of Health Administration at Milan University, Italy

Practical Information: The webinar is free and open to the public. The system used is Zoom