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Program & Proceedings

Plenary 5: Ensuring high tech and high touch for all: Universal health promotion coverage

Venue: Grand Ballroom


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Chair of the HPH Governance Board and Senior Advisor of the HPH Network Sweden

Margareta Kristenson (MD, PhD) is specialist in Social and Preventive Medicine and in Family Medicine. She is professor in Social and Preventive Medicine at Linköping University and chief physician in Social and Preventive medicine at the Centre for Health and Health Care Development in Östergötland, South East Sweden.
Dr. Kristenson was, during 1995-2017, National Coordinator of the Swedish HPH Network and is today Senior Advisor for this network. She is chair of the Governance Board for the international HPH Network and member of the Scientific Committee for the International HPH Conference.
Her research concerns possible causes for socioeconomic inequalities in health, where her main interest is the importance of psychosocial factors and psychobiological stress mechanisms for socioeconomic differences in Coronary Heart Disease incidence. Especially, her group focuses on the protective effects of psychosocial resources. Another area of research is Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROM) and how the use of these measures can lead to a better health orientation of health services.
She was the chair of a Regional Commission on Health Equity in Östergötland working 2013-2014. She was also a commissionaire in the Swedish National Commission on Health Equity, which worked 2015-2017 and has now laid its suggestions to the Swedish Government. In this work, she has her special focus on the development of an Equity sensible and Health Promoting Health Service.

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National Coordinator of the Polish Network of Health Promoting Hospitals

Prof. Bożena Walewska-Zielecka has been National Coordinator of the Polish Network of Health Promoting Hospitals since 2011.  She was a member of the Governance Board of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services for four years and Chair of the Board from June 2016 till June 2018. She has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Warsaw Medical University since 2010.

Prof. Walewska-Zielecka carries out her scientific work at the Department of Public Health of the Warsaw Medical University. Her previous scientific work was at the National Institute of Public Health in the Department of Immunopathology. Her special interests focused on hepatotropic viruses – immunopathology, aetiology of liver diseases and epidemiology of HBV and HCV infections. Prof. Walewska-Zielecka graduated at the Warsaw Medical University and specialized in pathology and internal medicine.  She is a certified travel medicine doctor and hepatologist.

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Philippe BLUA

President, European Association of Hospital Managers

Philippe Blua is a graduate of the school of higher studies in public health (EHESP), the French school for hospital managers. He worked twenty years in hospitals in Paris and his suburb, first as director, then as CEO. Then he was CEO of Calais' hospital, where he led the reconstruction. At the same time he was President of the main French association of hospital manager (SMPS) and member of the Executive Committee of EHESP.

Since 2015, he is CEO of the South Champagne Hospitals (HCS) a group of seven public and private hospitals. He is also member of the Executive Committee of French Hospitals Federation (FHF). Since September 2018 he is President of the European Association of Hospital Manager.

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Lyudmil NINOV

Project Officer and EPF Youth Group Coordinator, European Patients' Forum

Lyudmil Ninov - EPF Project Officer and EPF Youth Group Coordinator - joined EPF in April 2017. His focus is mainly on: the EC PRO-STEP tender project (EPF-led), Annual Summer Training for Young Patient Advocates Leadership Programme, contributing to H2020 project proposals/calls and day-to-day management of COMPAR-EU and CHRODIS + projects. Lyudmil holds a Bachelor's degree in European Studies from the Sofia University in Bulgaria and a Master degree in European Studies and EU Administration from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Prior to joining EPF, Lyudmil has spent most of his professional time working in the healthcare sector for the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) head office in Brussels, managing various diabetes-related international projects, such as WINGS (gestational diabetes in India) and IDF Diabetes Aware Cities (prevention of T2DM).

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