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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Jan De Maeseneer

Prof. Jan De Maeseneer, MD, PhD, (Hon) FRCGP, worked from 1978-2017 as a family physician in the inter-professional Community Health Center Botermarkt – Ledeberg (Ghent – Belgium), a deprived and multicultural area. He has been the Head of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care at Ghent University (1991-2017) and Vice-Dean for Strategic Planning at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (2008-2017). He currently is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Forum for Primary Care (www.euprimarycare.org ) and has been the Secretary- General of The Network: Towards Unity for Health ( http://thenetworktufh.org ) from 2007 – 2015. He has been the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board for Welfare, Health and Family, advising the Flemish minister from 2010-2018. He is actually coordinating the Primafamed- Network, a network focusing on capacity building for human resources for primary health care in Africa. Since 2010, he is Director of the International Centre for Primary Health Care and Family Medicine – Ghent University, a WHO Collaborating Centre on PHC. Main focus of interest: access to health care; primary care; quality of care; human resources for health care; financing mechanisms.

Speaking in:
Plenary session: Ensuring equity, inclusivity and diversity of the patients’ voice


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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