“Often people who work in health don’t really know how other policies are made; there is some naivety of what goes on. You have individuals in health who have only ever worked on health policy and tax people who have only worked on tax policy. I think there is something to be said about working in different areas.”
Mark Pearson is an English Economist, and has a first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He also studied in London where he qualified with a second degree in Economics and Econometrics. His division at the OECD is responsible … Read more
During the Global Health Forum 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan, the five Young Forum Gasteiners were asked to co-chair action workshops on strategies to curtail the global cancer epidemic. Along with Director Tzung-Yee Feng of the Taiwanese Health Promotion Administration, I co-chaired a session on strengthening tobacco control systems to reduce the prevalence of smoking among young people. Tobacco use is a salient public health issue in all countries and global tobacco consumption levels are increasing. Smoking causes morbidity and mortality from various illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung and other cancers, and stroke.
The workshop participants included … Read more
The Global Health Forum (GHF) 2013 has come to an end. After three days of inspiring talks, fruitful discussions and amazing hospitality of the Taiwanese, I must say that the conference was a huge success. For me it has been a true privilege being here, representing the Young Gastein network and to have had the opportunity to listen and converse with people, young and old, who share the passion I have for public health.
Over the last few days here in Taipei we’ve been working with a great group of young professionals from the Health Promotion Administration (HPA), the Ministry … Read more
Yesterday, together with the other fellow Young Gasteiners, I had the privilege to accomplish a new activity as a Young Gasteiner: being a co-moderator of one of the four workshops that ran in parallel in the afternoon session of the Global Health Forum 2013 pre-conference on cancer control. Together with Dr. Thomas Gross, head of the National Cancer Institute in the US, I moderated one of the discussion groups, which discussed the topic of the workshop: how to strengthen cancer control infrastructure. The main purpose was to apply all the knowledge acquired during the day into an action plan … Read more