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Managing Health Inequalities - European Week of Regions and Cities, Brussels
November 5, 2014

On 7th September 2014, in Lodzkie House in Brussels, during the annual European Week of Regions and Cities - Open Days, a symposium was held entitled "Managing Health Inequalities". It was co-organized by the Medical University of Lodz, Regional Office of Lodzkie in Brussels and the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz. 

KobusArt_BC0U4033_852415The meeting attracted a record-breaking number of 113 participants, among whom we should mention health policy shapers and procurers from various EU regions, research projects managers, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and academics. The aim of the symposium was to draw attention to inequalities in health care, as well as to establish international research collaborations. Issues related to healthy ageing were widely discussed, thus delegates of the Healthy Ageing Research Centre participated actively in the debatesandrepresented the Medical University of Lodz competently and successfully.The event was opened by Andrzej Ryś, the Director of the Department of Health Systems and Products in DG Health and Consumers EC, who enumerated the EU prevention instruments tackling health inequalities. Subsequently, international experts delivered lectures, in which they referred to the theme of the symposium in the context of regional policy. The following speakers made speeches: Mr Guillermo Ramirez, Secretary General of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR); Mr Cesar Santos, Secretary General of the Extremadura Health Service (SES); Ms Lilijana Madjar, Director of the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region;  Prof. Przemysław Kardas, Head of the First Department of Family Medicine, the Medical University of Lodz; Soňa Měrtlová,  Head of the Health Department, Vysočina Region; Mr Nuno Marques, Vice-President of Coordination and Regional Development Commission of the Algarve; Dr. Jose Robalo, President, Alentejo’s Health Regional Adminsitration; Ms Silvana Tilocca, Director of the Department of Prevention – Local Health Authority n 8- Cagliari.

KobusArt_BC0U4428_254899Finally, Prof. Przemysław Kardas gave a profoundly interesting lecture in which he diagnosed health inequalities in the Lodzkie region that underlie the ageing issues.

The first part of the event ended with a lively discussion between panellists and participants.
After short networking lunch break we participated in a very successful brokerage session, whose aim was to establish collaboration within international research projects focused around five thematic scopes, namely Healthy Ageing, ICT in Health, Approach to Food Safety, Coordination in Health Care, and Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Projects. Each of subject areas was moderated by an expert in the field, among whom we should give an honourable mention to Prof. Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa, the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine in Lodz, and Prof. Przemysław Kardas from the Medical University of Lodz. We have received very positive feedback and the event is said to have been widely discussed among the Open Days participants.

KobusArt_BC0U4120_851922All presentations, experts characteristics and the description of the brokerage session are available on the event website:
http://opendays2014.lodzkie.pl/?page_id=378  
We also encourage you to visit the homepage of the Open Days where the presentations from other workshops were published:
http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2014/presentations_frame.cfm


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