Health Managers in action – Webinar series

EHMA is pleased to announce its newest webinar series

Health Managers in action:
fostering health systems’ resilience

The series presents best practices, case studies, practical examples and implementable solutions to improve health systems preparedness and rapid response to health threats.

We warmly invite health managers, healthcare professionals, researchers, students, patients organisations, NGO and industry representatives to attend and contribute to the dialogue on how to ensure health systems resilience and preparedness. 

Each webinar is free and open to the public.
For each episode, we will make the recording and a summary report available.

1. Health managers and leaders: harnessing the power of digital technologies
Date & Time: Thursday, 1 September 2022, 13.30-14.15 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CEST)
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digitalisation of healthcare. Digital technologies have a huge potential to support hospitals and health care facilities in making better decisions in many areas of operations, increasing productivity and fulfilling the growing need for workflow management. They also underly establishing safety policies and supervising maintenance programs to ensure the highest safety, health standards, as well as legal and ethical requirements. An essential component of using digital technologies to their maximum capacity is compliance with GDPR and data protection.
This webinar will present case studies from health managers using digital technologies to lead and manage facilities and from a company working with healthcare institutions as a service provider.
  • Dr Alexandre Lourenco, PhD, Health Administrator, Coimbra Hospital and University Center; Member of the Associação Portuguesa de Administradores Hospitalares (APAH), Portugal
  • Mr Pedro Ramos, Member of the Board of Directors, Promptly Health


2. Towards a better EU health preparedness and response: existing gaps and solutions

Date & Time: Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 12.30-13.30 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (13.30 – 14.00 CEST)

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance for EU Member States, individually and collaboratively, to be prepared for crises and maintain sufficient, adaptive and responsive capacities to address the changing healthcare needs of European citizens. In this webinar, the speakers will showcase current structural gaps related to preparedness and response capacities and bring practical examples from national health systems. Speakers will also suggest possible solutions to these structural gaps.

Speakers: to be announced


3. Co-created responses to crisis situations

Date & Time: Wednesday, 14 September 2022, 12.30-13.30 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (13.30 – 14.00 CEST)

Crises are characterised by sudden shifts in healthcare and societal needs. The change in population needs during a crisis places a demand on all stakeholders in health and society to coordinate, adapt, and cope with unexpected situations. Leaders and managers at all levels have a key role to come up with efficient and rapid responses that reflect the diverse health and societal needs. We will showcase how inspired leadership, agile governance models and multistakeholder co-creation approaches can offer solutions to crises situations.

Speakers: To be announced


4. How can funding models foster health systems’ resilience?

Date & Time: Tuesday, 20 September 2022, 13.30-14.15 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CEST)

The functioning of health care largely depends on the level and method of financing. Countries choose between different private or public-financing models. This webinar will discuss how financing models relate to resilience and investigate if optimal funding models exist and if so, how they are determined by the broader political, economic and social context of the territory.

Speakers: To be announced


5. Towards future-readiness: measuring health systems’ resilience

Date & Time: Tuesday, 4 October 2022, 13.30-14.15 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CEST)

The COVID-19 outbreak demonstrated that the readiness to implement effective (preventive) emergency measures is uneven across different countries. Testing and measuring resilience is challenging due to the breadth of potential scope and variety in the choice of measures. Numerous indicators have been identified as a means to measure the resilience of a health system, by measuring capacity (bed capacity, bed occupancy, availability of emergency infrastructure), ability to mobilise resources and adequacy of supply chains, among others. In addition to quantitative measures, qualitative measurements of resilience are of substantial importance. In this webinar, speakers will highlight numerous strategies and indicators that can determine the resilience of a health system and contribute to future-readiness.

Speakers: To be announced

6. Health service delivery before and after the pandemic: an overview of different perspectives

Date & Time: Tuesday, 11 October 2022, 13.30-14.15 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CEST)

How has the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the way healthcare services are being delivered? What are the new ways in which health service providers collaborate with other disciplines and how could we make these collaborations sustainable? For instance, European Reference Networks (ERN) aim to optimise care for patients with complex or rare diseases and conditions that require highly specialised treatment, by facilitating discussion among providers in different European countries and bundling knowledge and resources. Is the ERN model the way forward for service delivery in a stronger European Health Union?

The speakers will compare absorptiveness, adaptiveness, and transformativeness in health service provision before and after COVID. We will look at institutional organisation and service delivery through the eyes of different healthcare professionals, informal carers and patients.
Speakers: To be announced
7. Mental health at the frontline of the pandemic: stress management in the health workforce

Date & Time: Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 13.30-14.15 CEST – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CEST)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers were at the frontline of health systems in Europe, putting their own lives and safety at risk. Awareness grew of the need and importance to protect their mental and physical health. The needs of healthcare workers to effectively manage stress and build up resilience are complex and multi-faceted and will change based on the situation.

The webinar will highlight proven effective interventions to protect the mental health of essential healthcare workers. Speakers will elaborate on commitments to support mental health workforce and indicate further required actions.

Speakers: To be announced

8. Empowering communities: a way towards stronger health systems

Date & Time: Thursday, 3 November 2022, 13.30-14.15 CET – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CET)

Health literacy, health promotion, prevention, awareness raising and education all enable citizens to play a greater decision-making role, from the community level to the broader governmental and European scale. In health crises, countries rely both on their health system and the participation of communities to manage the challenges encountered. Further, meeting the health literacy needs of disadvantaged and marginalised societies can accelerate the progress to reduce inequalities in health. The session will highlight case studies and offer practical solutions to improve community engagement.

Speakers: To be announced

9. The legacy of COVID-19

Date & Time: Thursday, 17 November 2022, 13.30-14.15 CET – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CET)

The webinar will present good practices of how measures and “good habits” that were developed and introduced under the pressure of the pandemic have become part of national policies, institutional practices and personal habits. What are the recommended pathways and conditions to make the positive consequences of COVID sustainable?

Speakers: To be announced

10. From COVID-19 to monkeypox: how to apply the lessons learnt to the new outbreak

Date & Time: Wednesday, 30 November 2022, 13.30-14.15 CET – followed by a 30-minute networking session (14.15 – 14.45 CET)

An atypical outbreak of monkeypox was declared this year. Lessons we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic put us in a position where we see that the underlying resilience of the healthcare systems in the countries is stronger than expected. This webinar will highlight the importance of promoting vaccination, building capacity for resilience, ensuring healthcare system operations and will thoroughly investigate the impact the monkeypox outbreak has on healthcare. Speakers will also elaborate on communication to the public and promoting access to information at large scale.

Speakers: To be announced

This webinar series is co-funded by the EU4Health Programme of the European Union under Grant Agreement no. 101082904. Views and opinions expressed herein are of the speakers and authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or HADEA. Neither the European Union nor HADEA can be held responsible for them