EFPC 2014 Conference | Twinning Population Health and Primary Care


Foreword from EFPC

A warm welcome to the beautiful city of Barcelona for the 5th conference on the Future of Primary Health Care in Europe, this year focusing on “Twinning population health and primary care”.

Primary care operates at the intersection between the health system on the one hand, and the needs of individuals, their families and communities on the other hand. So, undoubtedly, an interprofessional primary care setting is extremely well positioned in order to integrate the targets of population health with the needs of individuals: person-centered and people-centered care!

The topic will be approached from different perspectives: at the nano- and micro-level we will look at the way different professionals try to improve the health of the communities they are working with. At the meso-level, the issue of decentralization will be studied, starting from the Spanish experiences in the decentralized primary care system. At the macro-level the conference will integrate expertise of different disciplines (health economics, health financing experts, health care managers, …). Finally, we will have the opportunity to exchange the EFPC-expertise with the health system department of WHO-Geneva, looking at interprofessional collaboration and education, integration of primary care and social care, use of appropriate health technologies, shared decision making, patient empowerment,…

The conference participants will also have the opportunity to debate the recently published opinion of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH), of the European Commission: “Definition of a frame of reference in relation to primary care with a special emphasis on financing systems and referral systems”.

Conference: 1-2 September 2014

University Pompeu Fabra – Barcelona (Spain)


Key-note Speakers

Prof. Vicente Ortún  – Dean and professor of the School of Economic and Business Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. Founder, former director, and member of the Center for Research in Economics and Health (CRES), University Pompeu Fabra.

Author of over 350 articles and books. Director of the book series on Health Economics and Health Management, with 30 titles published by Springer and Elsevier.

MBA by ESADE (1969), Master of Science from Purdue University (1970), BA and PhD in Economics by University of Barcelona (1990). Doctoral studies in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and Visiting Scholar (2009) in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Business and public policy experience at regional, national and international levels.

Former president of the Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Administration ( SESPAS ), former president of the Association of Health Economics ( AES ), former secretary of the European Public Health Association ( EUPHA ) and merit member of CAMFiC.

Dr. Ivi Normet – Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Estonian e-Health Foundation and Estonian PACS Foundation

Ivi Normet started her career as a Pediatrician at the Mustamae Children’s Hospital in Tallinn. Since 1998 she works at the Ministry of Social Affairs. She first started as a Head of Prevention Bureau of Public Health Department. In 1999 she was transferred to Health Care Department where after various positions she was appointed Deputy Secretary-General on Health in 2005.

From 2007 until 2013 she was a Member of the Supervisory Board of Estonian Health Insurance Fund. Currently, she is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Estonian e-Health Foundation and Estonian PACS Foundation.

Prof. Karl Ekdahl  –  Medical doctor and a specialist in infectious diseases

Professor Karl Ekdahl is a medical doctor and a specialist in infectious diseases. He has a PhD in Infectious Diseases from the Lund University, Sweden, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Prince Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 1999 he became Associate Professor and in 2007 Adjunct Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. In his academic career, he has authored some 100 scientific articles and one book, and has tutored 10 PhD students. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the ECDC-published scientific journal Eurosurveillance. He has worked at regional, national and international levels, and between 2001 and 2005 held the position of Deputy State Epidemiologist for Sweden. He has participated in many international networks. In March 2005, Karl Ekdahl was the first expert to join the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Within ECDC, he has been Strategic Adviser to the Director (2005-2007), and Head of the Health Communication Unit (2007-2010). From February to April 2010, Professor Karl Ekdahl was the Centre’s Acting Director. From June 2010, he was the Head of the Communication and Country Cooperation Unit, and from April 2011 he is the Head of the Public Health Capacity and Communication Unit.

Prof. Eileen Hutton  – RM, PhD, is Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of Midwifery at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2011 Dr. Hutton was appointed Professor of Midwifery Science at Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where she holds a part time endowed chair position.  In taking this position she is the first midwife ever to hold a professorship in the Netherlands. Her undergraduate degree is from Queen’s University School of Nursing (BNSc). Dr. Hutton is a graduate of The University of Toronto, School of Nursing (MScN) and Institute of Medical Science – Clinical Epidemiology (PhD).  She held a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award (2004-2009) and was a recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar award.

Dr. Sarah Thomson – Senior Research Associate with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies

Since 2013, Sarah Thomson has worked as a Senior Health Financing Specialist for the WHO Regional Office for Europe and been based in the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a member of the European Commission’s Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health.

Before moving to Barcelona, Sarah was Head of the LSE Hub of the European Observatory and a Deputy Director of LSE Health. She is Associate Editor of Health Economics, Policy and Law (Cambridge University Press) and on the editorial board of Health Systems and Reform (Landes Bioscience).

Her work focuses on comparative health system policy analysis, with emphasis on health financing policy in high- and middle-income countries. Sarah has a PhD in social policy from the LSE.

Dr. Hernan Montenegro  – Senior Health Systems Adviser at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland

He holds a Medical Doctor degree from the University of Chile, a Specialist in Public Health degree from the University of Chile, and a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Johns Hopkins.

He also has two years of postgraduate training in General Surgery at the University of Chile’s Jose Joaquin Aguirre Hospital. At the beginning of his career, he served as a clinician providing primary and emergency care services to low-income population in Santiago, Chile. From 1988 to 1995, he was a professor of public health at the School of Public Health of the University of Chile.

Dr. Montenegro’s areas of expertise are health services organization, management and delivery, health systems, health sector reform, health policy, strategic planning, and project/program formulation and evaluation.


Scientific Committee

Prof Vicente Ortun, University Pompeu Fabra
Antoni Peris, CASAP
Toni Dedeu, DHI / University of Edinburgh
Prof Cecilia Björklund, Goteborg University
Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC
Prof Peter Groenewegen, NIVEL
Prof Jan De Maeseneer, Ghent University
Aigars Miezitis, Latvian National Health Service

Organising Commitee

Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC

Laura Pellise, Uni Pompeu Fabra

Tino Marti, CASAP

Vijoleta Gordeljevic, EFPC