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Health systems transformation: what role for primary and community care?

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Thursday, 15 April 2021
 10:00 - 11:30
By invitation only


Francesca Colombo
Head of Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Jan De Maeseneer
Professor, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Ghent University Chair, Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in health
Loukianos Gatzoulis
Policy Analyst, Performance of national health systems, DG Health & Food Safety, European Commission
Marion Birnstill
Senior Manager Global Community Impact EMEA, Johnson & Johnson Foundation
Tinne Vandensande
Senior Programme Coordinator Health, King Baudouin Foundation; Chair, Transnational Forum on Integrated Community Care


Hans Martens
EPC Senior Adviser

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed some of the structural vulnerabilities of European health systems and highlighted the need for more resilient systems able to rapidly adapt to shocks and challenges. The health crisis has uncovered the pre-existing flaws in  national primary care systems and the weak coordination between different levels of care. At the same time, it has highlighted the critical importance of  strong primary and community health services for an effective response to health emergencies, as they are the front door of health systems and crucial for fostering longer-term resilience.

How have primary care systems responded to the COVID-19 crisis? What role can primary and community care play in ensuring resilience against future public health crises? How can the EU support member states in building more resilient, people-centered, and innovative health systems? This CHES policy dialogue will address these questions and reflect on the role of primary and community care in protecting people’s health and in preparing for future health crises. EPC Senior Adviser and Chair of CHES Hans Martens will moderate the discussion.


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