Building competencies in healthcare: the future role of women in management
25 January 2023 - Online
Although the role of women in healthcare management is gaining attention by scholars and policy makers, many obstacles persist in their achievement of upper-management positions. Though efforts in re-balancing opportunities are numerous, many unanswered questions remain about whether and how female managers in the sector may require different training and career opportunities if compared to those traditionally provided to their male colleagues.
The Advanced School of Health Economics and Management (ALTEMS), an EHMA member, is currently carrying out research on this topic both at national (Italian) and international levels. Preliminary results of its research projects were presented in the webinar and stimulated a debate on desirable new focus of research and intervention. Finally, the School’s International Master Course in Management of healthcare and life science organisations was presented to the audience, together with the opportunities deriving from its attendance.
Dr Federica Morandi
Dr Federica Morandi
Dr Federica Morandi, Phd is Assistant Professor of Organisation Theory and Human Resource Management at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and Director of Academic Programs and Research in Altems (Rome, Italy). She is a member of the EHMA Programme Directors’ Group. Her research interests include the managerial and practical implications of the introduction of new organisational models within healthcare organizations, the study of the behavioural features of healthcare professionals, the human resource management policies, and perspectives within hospitals. Federica’s work has been published in internationally renowned journals. Federica’s research have been presented in a number of international conferences.
Dr Irene Gabutti
Dr Irene Gabutti
Dr Irene Gabutti, Phd is Adjunct Professor in organisational theory and human resource management at the Catholic University in Rome and is a senior researcher at ALTMES. She is the Coordinator of ALTMES’ international Master in Management of healthcare and life science organizations. Her research interests include hospital organizational models, management of healthcare competencies and career ladders in the healthcare industry.
Prof Americo Cicchetti
Prof Americo Cicchetti
Prof Americo Cicchetti is Full Professor of Organisational Theory at the Catholic University in Rome and is the Director of ALTMES. He is the Director of Research of the Health Technology Assessment Unit of the A. Gemelli University Hospital in Rome. He is member of the Board of Directors of Health Technology Assessment International and Treasurer. He has been associated partner of the European Network of Health Technology Assessment and Director of Health Technology Assessment International. Associate editor of Frontiers in Medical Technology – Regulatory Affairs and of the International Journal of Health Technology Assessment in Healthcare. Americo Cicchetti has actively participated ad co-PI to numerous EU research projects regarding HTA applications such as ADHopHTA (Adopting HTA in European Hospitals), IMPACT HTA, and others. He has been member of the Price and Reimbursement Committee of the Italian National Drug Agency (AIFA) from 2009 to 2015. He is member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of EHMA. He authored more that 150 papers articles in national and international journals and 10 books.
What our Members say
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