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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Susanna Palkonen

Susanna Palkonen is Director of European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA), which brings together 43 member associations from 25 countries to improve the care, environment, participation and equality of people with allergy, asthma and COPD at the European level. Among others, Susanna is the patient representative in the EC DG Research and Innovation’s Horizon 2020 Scientific Panel for Health, ERACoSysMed Advisory Board and the Clinical Advisory Board of the Human Brain Project. Recently Susanna became the Chairperson of the PACT, Patient Access Partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative to improve equal access to patient centered care in Europe. In her private life she is the Secretary of the Board of the Lehmijärvi-lake protection association, lake in Finland where her family has summer cottage, with the aim to protect and improve the quality of the water for anyone wishing to swim in or fish on the lake. Susanna has co-authored several papers with the scientific community and believes in equal participation in research by patients and their representatives. She studied social policy and as a patient with atopic eczema and allergic rhinitis she is interested in how policies and systems, but also patients themselves can support patient centered care and prevention.

Speaking in:
Closing Plenary: Why health systems must start delivering for and with patients
Hackathon – Enabling Patient Involvement while managing interests and relationships with multiple stakeholders


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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