Better health systems and policies revealed from research and innovation
1 September 2020
The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the importance of policymaking and research working together to have better outcomes. Research is key in supporting health systems and addressing challenges, identifying the areas that need improvement, and strengthening and facilitating the transfer of innovation between countries. COVID-19 has rapidly introduced changes in protocols, services, and transferability of successful innovations. However, even before this pandemic health systems faced common challenges including the increasing cost of healthcare; shortages and uneven distribution of health professionals; health inequalities and inequities in access to healthcare; and growing demand for healthcare from ageing populations and rises in chronic diseases and multi-morbidities. A framework that studies the importance of research implementation for service and policy innovation and to make innovation transferability effective has been developed by the TO-REACH project. Its Strategic Research Agenda has identified the key research areas that could help to effectively understand the health system’s capacity issues and overcome structural barriers. This webinar discussed what the TO-REACH framework is and how it can play a vital role in addressing COVID-19 challenges and highlight areas where we can put more effort and resources to achieve quality and equitable care. The national perspective of Romania was presented as an example, and we also heard about how stakeholders are being mobilised and coordinated throughout the European Union.
Ms Sabrina Montante
Ms Sabrina Montante
Ms Sabrina Montante was appointed Senior Advisor for EU Affairs of the leading technical-scientific body of the Italian National Health Service, Istituto Superiore di Sanità in April 2016. She is a Brussels-based senior professional working in the EU Public Health policy field and EU Policies, Strategies and Funding on Health research and innovation She has worked in International and EU organisations, research entities, national and regional offices so far and has more than ten years experience in public policy, multi level governance and programme management. She is currently member of the coordinating team of the project TO REACH. Ms Montante earned a Master of Laws degree from University of Bologna and a Project and Programme Management Graduate degree from Boston University. She is currently enrolled in a Public Health Programme at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Marius I. Ungureanu
Dr Marius I. Ungureanu
Dr Marius I. Ungureanu, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, also serving as the Department’s Director of Education. Dr. Ungureanu has more than 10 years of experience in public health research, having led or contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of research projects in the areas of health systems, health service delivery, human resources for health and healthcare management. Dr. Ungureanu’s work has been featured in high profile peer reviewed journals such as The Lancet, Health Policy and Human Resources for Health.
Dr. Ungureanu has been trained as a medical doctor, and has completed his training with a master degree in healthcare management and a PhD in healthcare quality management. Dr. Ungureanu has served as Secretary of State (Deputy Minister) for Romania’s Ministry of Health. He is also the President and Co-Founder of the Health Management & Policy Center in Cluj-Napoca, and a member of the Governing Board of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA).
This webinar is organised by the TO-REACH project. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 733274. Views and opinions are of the speakers and authors only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. The European Union is not liable for any use that might be made of the information contained in this page and publications.
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Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK
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Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal
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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.
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