Here’s how some of our projects are progressing:
CEMPaC : our European Center for Empowering Patients and Communities
We’re now in the third year of our major three year project to develop a resource center for Europe on patient empowerment, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. It’s taken a while, but on our website www.cempac.org we now have a free eLearning course for citizen/patients and will shortly announce the completion and availability of an equivalent course for health professionals. We’re bringing together a group of the best qualified experts from across Europe in patient empowerment and related topics such as health literacy and self-care and the core group will meet for the first time during the coming month.
Another feature of our new service will be a series of webinars (who isn’t doing them!) on basics in community empowerment and we intend to offer a pilot some time soon (advertised a few weeks in advance) before offering a full series in the Autumn. Meanwhile we’re refreshing our website and ramping up our profile on social media.
Chrodis plus JA: our small role in this second Joint Action on chronic disease
We last reported on this and the next item at the end of January. We’ve been involved in WP7, the work package which is using the quality tool, the QCR, developed during the first Chrodis JA, to test out in a number of countries its applicability to service improvement across other condition than diabetes.
EHFF as a collaborating partner is now working with colleagues to complete the first draft of the final report for this work package which we hope to deliver in the next couple of weeks.
All Policies for a healthy Europe (AP4HE).
Since we reported in mid-January, EHFF has taken Chair of one of the three working groups of this year’s initiative, aiming to influence EU policy to re-visit ‘health in all policies’ (see: (https://healthyeurope.eu/ ). Our Working Group aims to produce a policy paper on the economics of well-being, seeking to identify measurable and more meaningful economic indicators of well-being in society rather than GDP. This fits with EHFF’s more holistic approach to health in society. The COVID pandemic is likely to influence, to some extent at least, current approaches to health at an EU policy level and this implies strong interest in learning from the disaster and supporting constructive innovation.
Follow-on from our strategy discussions at the AGM in March.
After exploring at length whether to get involved on a large scale health scenarios project in Europe, we’ve taken a parallel course by embarking (that is an eight man and woman team from the EHFF Advisory group) on an exercise using the Three Horizons model ( https://www.internationalfuturesforum.com/three-horizons ). With support from Ian Kendrick of H3Uni within the next six week period we’ll be identifying key strategic directions for the organisation to better enable our long-term goals in relation to transforming society (especially, who do we find to work with, to help make an impact). We will engage as many of the 100+ EHFF community as possible in this exercise. Should be interesting!