Discover the #EHMA2022 tracks and topics

12 January 2022

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986) described health as being:

‘…created and lived by people within the settings of their everyday life; where they learn, work, play and love. Health is created by caring for oneself and others, by being able to take decisions and have control over one’s life circumstances, and by ensuring that the society one lives in creates conditions that allow the attainment of health by all its members.’

With this vision of health in mind, EHMA considers that health management is practised from an individual to a population level, and embraces a holistic vision of health, in which health is impacted by personal, situational, societal, and environmental determinants. Health management includes and goes beyond healthcare management, as it also happens outside of care facilities. Health management encompasses the entire health ecosystem, including patient organisations, health services management representatives, policymakers, public health experts, researchers, and representatives from the health insurance sector, social services, and pharmaceutical industries.

Thus, the EHMA 2022 conference is structured around four tracks that reflect that holistic practice of health management and frame the lenses through which contemporary topics will be analysed and discussed at the conference. The tracks are:

  1. Governance and Leadership – This track includes abstracts that are creating evidence and best practices on setting and overseeing strategic goals, as well leading successful health organisations and systems.
  1. Management, Operations and Practice – This track focuses on the operations of organisations and systems. It pays attention to evidence in the planning, organising, staffing, monitoring, directing, and decision-making processes of health services and systems to ensure the effective, efficient, and equitable use of resources.
  1. Finance and Economics – This track examines business planning and refers to how resources are raised, pooled, allocated or spent to ensure that people have access to health services of good quality without financial hardship. This includes abstracts related to efficiency, effectiveness, value and behaviours in the production and consumption of health and healthcare.
  1. Policy and Regulations – This track focuses on the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of policies/regulations affecting health management at the organisational, local, regional, national, and European levels.

As health systems are analysing their COVID-19 response to implement changes and improve their preparedness for future challenges, several lessons have already emerged. One important takeaway of the pandemic is that effective policies and political leadership were key for a resilient response to a pandemic. It is also apparent that health interventions were easier to establish in countries with stronger public health and primary care systems with strong community linkages. Other lessons learnt include that Universal Health Coverage and primary care are vital components of health systems; that trust is necessary to support measures within and between health ecosystems, and that future health systems depend on people. Investing in the future of health systems is thus an investment in people and in the workforce of the future.

To increase the resilience and readiness of their health systems, managers must assess challenges and implement innovative solutions from the individual to the systems level. The EHMA 2022 Annual Conference will explore how health services can effectively be managed to ensure a sustainable future. It will highlight strong leadership as a key enabler for transformation towards resilient health systems and will underline the importance of involving every level of the health ecosystem, namely from people to systems.

Leading experts will dive into five contemporary health management topics, analysed through the lenses of four tracks. As reflected in the conference title, a particular focus will be placed on people, as they form the backbone of our health system. The topic People-centred systems will explore how to include people – not only as patients – when discussing value, developing new technologies, and analysing integrated care needs. The second topic Managing the digital transformation will look at how we can effectively implement digital solutions in health, while simultaneously building trust in new technologies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of investing in the health workforce and safeguarding their wellbeing. Ways to support the health workforce will thus be discussed in the third topic Workforce of the future. The fourth topic, Shaping sustainable systems will investigate what strategies, processes, and solutions health managers can implement to ensure the sustainability of health systems. Lastly, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated already-existing inequalities in healthcare access and outcomes. The topic Improving healthcare access, delivery, and outcomes will therefore look at how health disparities can be addressed to deliver better quality of care and better health outcomes.

The tracks and topics were identified following an extensive consultation process with the EHMA members, the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors.

Have you carried out research that would be relevant to one (or more) of these tracks? Would you be interested in sharing your results with the health management community? Then don’t forget to submit your abstract before Friday, 4 March at 17:00 CET.



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I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain