Thursday, June 28, 2012

[EQ] Global Symposium on Health Systems Research: Inclusion and Innovation Towards Universal Health Coverage - 31 October- 3 November 2012 - Beijing

Second Global Symposium on Health Systems Research:

Inclusion and Innovation Towards Universal Health Coverage


31 October- 3 November 2012 - Beijing, People's Republic of China



Marketplace and Satellite session registrations remain open until August 15, 2012


Health Systems Global, the new society for health systems research that will be launched at the Symposium


Preliminary list of  9 suggested thematic working groups, to be discussed at the general members’ meeting in Beijing at the global symposium (3 Nov 2012).:

1.       The Health Systems Researcher: This group focuses on transforming and scaling up the education and training of health professionals, addressing metrics, standards and curriculum development. What does it take to become a health systems researcher? What training materials and courses are needed and are available?

2.       Methods to Measure Health System Performance: This group will explore current methodological debates in the field of health systems research. Topics could include developing new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of innovation; evaluation, methodologies currently being used to measure equity; and conducting systematic reviews of health systems research.

3.       Mentoring Young Researchers: A working group focusing on those under 40 that will support abstract development and help young researchers with their research/article writing Young researchers will organize their own session at symposia and be in touch throughout the year on issues they select.

4.       Priority-setting in Health: A working group to look at health policies, models and theories related to setting priorities and taking decisions, and the role of the community in decision-making. Practical experiences will also be shared and discussed.

5.        Health Systems and the Law: This working group will address the legal aspects of health systems. Key issues could include legal constraints to task-shifting in the health-care workforce, patient rights and the legal structure of health care centres and organizations.

6.       Fragile Sates: This working group will looks at health systems and fragile states. How do health systems function in such settings and how are they best rebuilt? What is the relationship between national and international players?

7.       Universal Health Insurance and Health Care Financing: This working group will continue the debate about how best to achieve universal access including risk protection and what are the barriers. Who pays and how much?

8.       Knowledge Translation: Studying and evaluating knowledge transfer and exchange in public policy-making and program environment.

9.       Urban Health: This working groups aims to look at how to redress inequities in the urban space. For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, almost all of this growth will occur in cities of the developing world and overwhelmingly, among the urban poor. The group aims to galvanize research and policy attention towards the heath-related needs of the urban poor, with particular attention to the underlying social determinants of inequities


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