EHFG 2020 | 30 SEPTEMBER - 2 OCTOBER 2020 | GOING DIGITAL
The determinants of health and well-being are often driven by the interests of big players, which are not always aligned with public health agendas. In order to purposefully engage with these giants while safeguarding the interests of people, we need to conceptualise new partnership models – learn to “dance with elephants” - but we should be careful not to get our toes crushed. The COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp focus the current fault lines in our systems and highlighted the need for true cross-sector and cross-border collaboration.
Federal Minister of Social Affiars, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, Austria
Minister of Health, Portuguese Republic
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, Republic of Malta
Minister of Health, Republic of Slovenia
Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization
Deputy Director-General, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Member of Parliament, European Parliament
State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
Director, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Director, Ada Lovelace Institute
Vice President, Microsoft Corporation
Advocacy and Influencing Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance
Founding Director Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute Geneva
Special Envoy for the European Region, World Health Organization
External Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
2020 has brought the need to look at innovation through a new lens: the challenges we have faced due to COVID-19 have accelerated innovation of approaches and technology in many areas. But are these changes sustainable, and are they inclusive? How can we ensure the fruits of innovation benefit all and contribute to a more resilient future while protecting the most vulnerable?
This track will explore how stakeholders in health can wield innovation to help us tango with the ‘elephants’ of the present and future, and tackle lasting challenges such as AMR, telemedicine and artificial intelligence.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines in our health systems, but also opened a window of opportunity to move on from “business as usual” and redefine our priorities in health and beyond. How will we bounce back from an unprecedented crisis together?
This track will explore the necessity to invest in resilient, transparent and equitable structures, bring young voices to the table, re-think our enduring challenges, and lead the way to not just a ‘new normal’, but a ‘better normal’.
The relationship between how much or how little we know and how best we can use that knowledge for policy and practice has been upended during the COVID-19 outbreak. The questions raised go well beyond the pandemic: How can we effect speedy responses at times when evidence is scarce, or the quality of data is poor? How can we succeed in transferring solutions and learnings across different places, disease areas and policy questions?
This track will look at the challenges of collating and translating knowledge into action, dealing with uncertainties, and scaling up best practices.
This year, the EHFG is putting a focus on big issues and big players in health, democracy and business, and considering how different stakeholders can engage in a ‘dance’ with these giants. What place do people have in this reckoning with the larger currents of commercial and political determinants of health?
In this track, sessions will focus on how to enable agency on a civil society level and empower people as strong actors - be it through finding participatory modes of governance, leveling the playing field when it comes to access inequalities to care or information, or making sure the needs of patients are heard.
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We look forward to seeing you online at the EHFG 2020!