On Thursday 9 of November, THCS held a Lunch Symposium at the European Public Health Conference in Dublin.
Held from 8 to 11 November 2023, the European Public Health Conference is one of the most important international meetings in the sector, gathering every year over 2,000 public health professionals to learn, network and engage with colleagues to strengthen the profession of public health.
The EPH conference is an initiative of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), an independent scientific organisation engaged to build capacity and knowledge in the field of public health.
This year’s main theme was “Our Food, Our Health, Our Earth: a Sustainable Future for Humanity”.
With the title “Enabling health and care systems transformation through the THCS partnership”, the lunch symposium took place from 12:50 to 13:50 on Thursday 9th of November, and served as a vital introduction to the Partnership for EPH Conference delegates.
Opening the meeting was Sabrina Montante, THCS Coordinating Team, addressing the audience and presenting the opportunities THCS can offer to public health researchers and practitioners.
After that, it was Federico Bastarolo to take the stage, presenting the current state of the implementation of the Partnership one year after its inception.
Then it was the turn of Johan Hansen, Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL). Mr. Hansen's presentation focused on the efforts of THCS’ Work Package 4 (Methodological and Assessment Framework) in assessing trends and requirements for research, development, and innovation (RDI) and capacity building in European health and care systems.
His intervention was then complemented by Juha Koivisto, Chief Specialist at Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), who presented the “Scoping review on the methodological frameworks for supporting transferability and implementation of practices in health and care systems” developed by the same WP.
The aim of the document is to produce knowledge of the existing methodological frameworks and their means for supporting transferability and implementation of practices across health and care systems, of the obstacles and enablers of transferability and implementation of practices in health and care systems, and of the needs for the further development of these kinds of frameworks.
The meeting ended with a lively debate with the audience, who showed a genuine interest in THCS, confirming its appeal for the wider European research community.