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EFPC Newsflash 20-2019
 Interprofessional Education Lunch Webinar,  community-based primary health care research, dementia in primary care, migrant health, world health Summit highlights and more..
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Jan De Maeseneer elected as a member of the American National Academy of Medicine
We are proud to have our former EFPC chair Jan De Maeseneer as one of the newly elected members of the American National Academy of Medicine (NAM)!
The election is regarded as one of the highest awards in the field of health and medicine and recognises people who have proven excellent professional performance and dedication to service.
 NAM has announced the names of all 100 new members, including 10 international members, on this October, 2019.
 
EFPC looking for a Junior Coordinator
FPC has a vacancy in the Utrecht based secretariat for a junior coordinator. Have a look at the vacancy description and consider an application.

Please respond before the 1st of December by sending your motivation letter and CV to the EFPC secretariat
 
World Health Summit Highlights
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO called on world leaders who atended this past October the World Health Summit to prioritize robust partnerships and people-centered primary health care with an emphasis on promoting health and preventing disease.
MOOC on social participation tools for health
 
This massive open online course (MOOC) provides an overview of the approaches for maximizing the active participation of the Roma population in the full cycle of assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of health initiatives, as well as giving examples and recommendations. The course is free, permanently available, and offered both in English and Spanish. 
 
Programmes Database provides information on EU-funded projects and their results
Find all the info here on EU-funded projects to improve public health, to prevent illness, and to eliminate threats to physical and mental health in European countries. Some 960 projects and actions, involving 7382 organisations, have been funded to date.
 
“In my View…”: Dr Donald Li, WONCA President writes: on the importance of primary health care teams
Earlier this year, during the World Health Assembly, WONCA agreed to lead a piece of work on the importance of the Primary Care Team to achieve Universal Health Coverage. As family doctors we recognize the importance of working with qualified professional colleagues who provide essential interface and inputs to the delivery of a comprehensive primary care system. We know that the membership of a primary care team differs from country to country, from town to town and teams even differ within the same neighbourhoods. There is no clear-cut prescription of what constitutes a primary care team. There is no mathematical (or magical) formula which stipulates what the components of an appropriate primary care team are.
 
Events
3-4 December, 2019
Barcelona, Spain
11th World Research Congress of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC)
14-16 May, 2020
Palermo, Italy
 
 EHMA 2020 Annual Conference
9th-11th June 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
 
Articles
New on Primary Health Care Research & Development (PHCR&D)

Capacity development among academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Experience
Ganann R, Peacock S , Garnett A, Northwood M. 2019

Health care system capacity and sustainability to address the needs of an aging population are a challenge worldwide. An aging population has brought attention to the limitations associated with existing health systems, specifically the heavy emphasis on costly acute care and insufficient investments in comprehensive primary health care (PHC). Health system reform demands capacity building of academic trainees in PHC research to meet this challenge.

*Primary Health Care Research & Development is the EFPC official Journal
Migrant Health, A Primary Care Perspective
Bernadette N Kumar, Esperanza Diaz. Imprint CRC Press (2019)
 
This book is to enable primary health care professionals to develop the skills and competencies required to deliver appropriate services to this diverse group of patients and, in turn, to ensure equity in health care for all.
Healthy, prosperous lives for all: the European Health Equity Status Report (2019)
World Health Organization, 2019
 
Despite overall improvements in health and well-being in the WHO European Region, inequities within countries persist. On page 59 you can find the following relevant quote:  “Effective policies to attract, recruit and retain health workers in underserved areas, and to increase the density of primary health care facilities include: more effective and appropriate education; regulatory interventions; financial incentives; and personal and professional support”.
Community health extension program of Ethiopia, 2003-2018: successes and challenges toward universal for primary healthcare services
 
The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 identified primary health care (PHC) as the key approach to the attainment of the goal of “Health for All”. The PHC approach tackles the main health problems in the community through the provision of essential health services. The implementation of the PHC approach relies on health workers, including community health workers (CHWs).
Care managers can be useful for patients with depression but their role must be clear: a qualitative study of GPs' experiences
Hammarberg SAW at al. J Prim Health Care (2019)
 
GPs expressed a broad variety of views and experiences. Care managers could ensure care quality while freeing GPs from case management by providing support for patients and security and relief for GPs and by coordinating patient care. GPs could also express concern about role overlap; specifically, that GPs are already care managers, that too many caregivers disrupt patient contact, and that the roles of care managers and psychotherapists seem to compete. GPs thought care managers should be assigned to patients who need them the most (e.g. patients with life difficulties or severe mental health problems). They also found that transition to a chronic care model required change, including alterations in the way GPs worked and changes that made depression treatment more like treatment for other chronic diseases.
Partnerships for improving dementia care in primary care: Extending access to primary care‐based memory clinics in Ontario, Canada
Lee, Linda; Hillier, Loretta M.; Gregg, Susie; Health & Social Care in the Community, Volume 27, Number 6, 1 November 2019, pp. 1574-1585(12)
 
This study demonstrated that by establishing community partnerships and leveraging existing community resources, the Primary Care Collaborative Memory Clinic (PCCMC) model is generalisable to multiple family practice settings including those without integrated interprofessional staff. Lessons learned can inform the development of interventions for complex chronic conditions requiring interprofessional support in primary care.
 
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