European Health Leadership Award 2021

The European Health Leadership Award (EHLA) showcases and supports the achievements of individuals and organisations that display exceptional leadership in safeguarding or improving the health of people in Europe.

In 2021, the EHLA was looking for an outstanding intervention from an individual or organisation concerned with supporting the health and well-being of the health workforce in Europe, and hence contributing to a more resilient future for health in Europe. The Award simultaneously aims to both express gratitude for their work and promote their initiative so that it can become an inspiration for others to further generate a greater impact on health and societal well-being.


The winner of the European Health Leadership Award 2021 is the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM), whose LIVES C19 and C19_SPACE programmes facilitate knowledge exchange between stakeholders and provide training for health professionals to support their non-regular work on intensive care units.

Interview with EHLA winner


Upon being nominated for the European Health Leadership Award 2021, nominees were invited by EHFG to submit supportive material regarding their initiative before being further shortlisted. The shortlisted initiatives were evaluated by an expert jury, whose members were:

Sara Barragán Montes, YFG Taskforce member

Mira Dasic, Head of Secretariat, South-eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN)

Stefan Eichwalder, Head of department, Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection

Matthias Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies


The European Health Leadership Award is kindly supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

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