PRE-CONFERENCE THURSDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2016 (08:30 - 12:00)
Austria Center Vienna (ACV)
Core competencies for strengthened public health system preparedness
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), EUPHA Section on Infectious diseases control and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands
The aim of the session is to discuss how we can build on evidence around the contribution that staff competencies have in shaping a better prepared public health system – build on experiences from past emergencies in order to be better prepared for the future ones.
The key questions to be answered are:
- How can lessons learned from recent public health emergencies be used to identify the staff competencies needed to ensure the preparedness of the public health systems for future events?
- Which are the core competencies for health system preparedness
- Which competencies need to be strengthened to improve preparedness at the sub-national level, including among frontline healthcare workers
- How can we ensure the existence of appropriately trained and skilled staff to work in preparedness?
Estimated results/ outputs:
By the end of the session the participants will have discussed:
- The use of a logic model to assess the types of competencies that staff working in public health preparedness should possess;
- Alternative ways to go forward about ensuring that staff working in preparedness has the adequate competencies.
The session report will be used for a) informing ECDC in the development of a comprehensive set of competencies for PHEP , b) identifying synergies in the European preparedness landscape, and c) for advocacy among key stakeholders, e.g. UNISDR, WHO, European Commission, EUPHA, ASPHER etc.
Welcome by the Chairs - Massimo Ciotti (ECDC) and Aura Timen (EUPHA and RIVM)
Keynote speakers - Michael Stoto (United States) and Silvio Brusaferro (Italy)
Moderated panel discussion and interaction with participants
Panelists: Silvio Brusaferro (Italy), Massimo Ciotti (ECDC), Thomas Hofman (WHO), Robert Otok (ASPHER), Carmen Varela Santos (ECDC), Giacomo Scaioli (EUPHAnxt), Michael Stoto (United States), Aura Timen (EUPHA), Frank Van Loock (European Commission, DG SANTE), Chadia Wannous (UNISDR)
Moderator - Karl Ekdahl (ECDC)
Conclusions. Next steps. Closure
This pre-conference is free of charge and includes buffet lunch and refreshments.