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Speaker Biographies

Main Conference Speakers:

HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands

Founder and Honorary Chair, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation)

 

Princess Laurentien works on issues concerning the development of individuals and their impact on society. In particular, she is active in the fields of literacy and sustainability. In 2004 she founded Stichting Lezen & Schrijven (Reading & Writing Foundation), which works both in the Netherlands and internationally to prevent illiteracy among children and to reduce it among adults. The Princess is UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy and Development, and served as Chair of the EU High Level Group of experts on Literacy, which presented its findings in 2012. Princess Laurentien has also been professionally engaged on sustainability and wildlife preservation for over a decade. She is Founder and Director of the Missing Chapter Foundation (MCF), which brings together children and (corporate) leaders to engage in dialogue aimed at changing mind-sets of both the adults and children. Princess Laurentien is also the initiator and author of the Mr Finney series of children’s books.

Dean  Schillinger

Dean Schillinger

UCSF Professor of Medicine and Primary Care Physician, San Francisco General Hospital

 

Dean Schillinger, M.D. is UCSF Professor of Medicine in Residence and a primary care physician at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). He serves as Chief of the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine at SFGH and directs the Health Communications Research Program in the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital.

Dr. Schillinger served as Chief Medical Officer for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program for California from 2008-13. He previously directed the ambulatory care clinics at SFGH.

He has focused his research on health communication for vulnerable populations, carrying out a number of studies exploring the impact of limited health literacy on the care of patients with diabetes and heart disease. He has been awarded grants from NIH, AHRQ, CDC and private foundations to develop and evaluate care management programs tailored to the literacy and language needs of patients with chronic disease and has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles in the field of health communication science.

Dr. Schillinger contributed to the 2004 IOM Report on Health Literacy and authored a 2012 IOM Publication defining the attributes of Health Literate Healthcare Organizations. He was honored with the 2003 Institute for Healthcare Advancement Research Award, the 2008 Research Award in Safety and Quality from the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Bay Area Research Mentor of the Year Award in 2010. In 2013, he received the Everett M Rogers Award from APHA in recognition of his lifelong contributions to advancing the study and practice of public health communication.

He co-created a youth-led diabetes prevention social media campaign called The Bigger Picture Campaign, which received the Latino Coalition for a Health California Award for Youth Leadership and the 2014 Spirit of 1848 Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) .

Karin Kadenbach

Karin Kadenbach

MEP, Member, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, European Parliament

 

Karin Kadenbach (born 19 April 1958 in Vienna) is an Austrian social democratic politician. She is a member of the European Parliament since 2009. Within the Parliament, she is a member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the Committee on Budgetary Control.

Furthermore Karin Kadenbach is Vice-President of the Delegation for relations with Japan and substitute member in the Delegation for relations with the Korean Peninsula. Prior to joining the European Parliament in 2009, Ms. Kadenbach served for sixteen years as a municipal councilor in her municipality Großmugl and was a member of the Lower Austrian Regional Assembly for seven years. From 2007 to 2008, she was a regional minister holding the portfolio "health and nature protection" in the Lower Austrian Regional Assembly. After graduating in Advertising and Marketing (university course) at Vienna University of Economics and Business, she worked at J. W. Thompson advertising agency.

Karin Kadenbach lives in Großmugl and Brussels and is a mother of five children.

Don Nutbeam

Don Nutbeam

Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton

 

Professor Nutbeam’s career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute. Between 2009-2015 he was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. Prior to this 2003-9 he was in senior academic roles in the University of Sydney, Australia. For the period 2000 – 2003, Professor Nutbeam was Head of Public Health in the UK government Department of Health, and between 1990 and 2000, he was Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.

His research interests have included social and behavioural interventions in schools and communities as well as studies of health literacy, and adolescent health behaviour. He is author of more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as two popular public health text books. He remains research active through funded projects and PhD student supervision.

He has substantial international experience in both developing and developed countries, working as an advisor and consultant for the World Health Organisation over a 25 year period, and as consultant and team leader in projects for the World Bank.

Andrea de Winter

Andrea de Winter

Assistant Professor , Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen

 

Andrea de Winter is assistant professor in the field of health sciences at the University Medical Center Groningen and as coordinating researcher involved in the IROHLA project. In this project she supervises four PhD students. She has extensive expertise in large longitudinal cohort studies. Currently, she is project leader of a cohort study into healthy ageing, nutrition and health behaviour (GoudLeven). She leads several research projects on professional-client communication. Her main research interest is health behaviour and clustering of (un)healthy behaviours.

Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf

Professor, Medicine and Learning Sciences, Associate Division Chief, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

 

Dr. Michael Wolf is a Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL USA. He serves both as the Associate Chair of Research for the Department of Medicine, and Associate Division Chief for General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Wolf is a health services researcher and cognitive/behavioral scientist who in 2004, founded the Health Literacy & Learning Program (HeLP); a joint entity bringing together Northwestern’s School of Medicine and Education & Social Policy. His research for nearly two decades has included landmark epidemiological investigations documenting associations between limited literacy skills and a range of health outcomes, conceptual frameworks proposing causal pathways of health literacy, and large-scale clinical trials testing health system interventions designed to mitigate the impact of low health literacy on patients’ self-management of disease. Within this portfolio are numerous studies addressing health literacy in the context of healthcare equity, an emphasis on medication safety and adherence, treatment complexity and aging, and the relationship between cognitive function and its decline on health literacy skills and patient engagement. Dr. Wolf currently leads several NIH-funded cohort studies and clinical trials all focused on aspects of health literacy. He is a former Fulbright Distinguished Faculty Scholar (United Kingdom), and is actively engaged in the international agenda on health literacy issues.

L. Suzanne Suggs

L. Suzanne Suggs

Associate Professor of Social Marketing and Head of BeCHANGE Research Group, Università della Svizzera Italiana

 

L. Suzanne Suggs, PhD, MS, CHES, is an Associate Professor of Social Marketing and Head of the BeCHANGE Research Group in the Institute for Public Communication, Faculty of Communication Sciences, at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano Switzerland.

Her research has practice and policy implications in a number of countries and focuses on health behaviour change. Topics range from nutrition, physical activity, hand washing, alcohol, smoking, and treatment adherence.

She was Chair of the forum on Communicating Complex Health Messages at the World Innovation Summit for Health (Doha, 2015) where a framework (ADD) for designing effective health messages was launched. She spoke at the World Economic Forum (Davos) in 2014 on the importance of keeping the individual at the forefront of all communication and behaviour change activities.

Prior to joining the faculty in Lugano, she was Assistant Professor in the Graduate Program in Health Communication, Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College, and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

She is a co-founder and board member of the European Social Marketing Association and is on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Health Communication and Global Health Communication.

Erik Joosten

Erik Joosten

Founder and CEO, ARION

 

Erik Joosten is the founder and CEO of Arion. He has a degree in healthcare science from the university of Maastricht. After graduating from university he invented a new innovative product for putting on compression stockings and in 1994 he founded his company Arion. In 1999 Arion introduced the concept of washing without water to the European market, this washing method is primarily used for bedridden patients and makes the experience both faster and less uncomfortable for nurses and patients.

Erik Joosten is an active alumnus and regularly gives guest lectures at the university of Maastricht. He is on the advisory board of Zuyd Hogeschool and he is on the regional council of the chamber of commerce.

Erik Joostens career has always been driven by the belief that, ‘Irritation leads to innovation’ which is also the working motto of Arion. Erik Joosten and Arion have, for the last 21 years, been supplying the healthcare industry with products that are both innovative and cost-effective, while at the same time improving the quality of care.

Jaap Koot

Jaap Koot

University Medical Center Groningen

 

Jaap Koot is a medical doctor specialised in international public health and management. In the Department of Health Sciences of the University Medical Center in Groningen he is Project Coordinator of European project IROHLA “Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population”, which receives financial support from the EU under the FP7 programme.

Jany Rademakers

Jany Rademakers

Head of Research, NIVEL Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research

 

Dr. Jany Rademakers (clinical and developmental psychologist) is research department head and member of the management team of NIVEL, the Netherlands institute for Health Services Research. Furthermore, she is Professor Health literacy and patient participation at CAPHRI / Department of Family Medicine, Maastricht University. She has long-term experience with the management of complex projects and research programs.

Her research focuses on diversity in health care, more specifically on health literacy and patient activation, and in general on patient involvement and empowerment in health care. She is member of the steering committee and chair of the working group on patient experiences of the Dutch Alliance for Health literacy. She was also one of the founders of the Health literacy knowledge center of NIVEL and RIVM.

Dr. Rademakers is project coordinator of the EU Action HEALIT4EU-study on health literacy interventions and policies in all EU Member States (2014-2015). She is a member of the scientific committee of the 3rd European Health literacy Conference (November 2015, Brussels). Her current projects involve the translation and validation of questionnaires to measure health literacy (HLQ) and patient activation, and study the relevance of these concepts for health behavior and outcomes, self-management , intervention development and evaluation, and for the use and quality of health services in the Netherlands.

Dr. Rademakers is also involved in research projects on patients’ needs and experiences with health care and the development and implementation of valid and reliable measurement instruments in this area.

Erik Buskens

Erik Buskens

Professor of Medical Technology Assessment, University Medical Center Groningen

 

Professor Erik Buskens is professor of Medical Technology Assessment (MTA) and Programme Director Healthy Ageing at the University Medical Center in Groningen. His research focuses on modelling and evaluation of innovations, and early MTA. Regarding Health Ageing he coordinates new and cross-faculty research and educational programmes, development of innovative health care concepts, and evaluation thereof.

He focuses his research expertise in epidemiology and Medical Technology Assessment on topics related to Healthy Ageing. Previous fields of interest such as cerebrovascular disorders and mathematical disease modelling are incorporated in his research into healthy ageing. Balancing between benefits and risks and benefits and costs remain recognised issues that should consistently be incorporated in clinical and policy decision-making. Integrating all available evidence and drawing valid inference is the challenge driving his teaching and scientific ambitions.

Professor Buskens (co)supervised many PhD students, is (co-)author of over 190 papers, is past president of the board (2005 – 2010) of the Dutch Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care (NVTAG), and member of (inter)national committees and bodies on MTA.

Leena Paakkari

Leena Paakkari

Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä

 

Leena Paakkari is a senior lecturer in health education teacher training within the Faculty of Sport and Health sciences at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests relate to school subject health education, health education teacher training, health literacy as a learning outcome in schools, and ethical aspects in developing health literacy among the pupils. Also, she is a researcher in Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) –study. Currently, she is involved in assessing health literacy among the secondary school-aged children, and supervising PhD students in this topic.

Marcus Richards

Marcus Richards

Deputy Director and Programme Leader, University College London

 

Professor Marcus Richards is a Programme Leader at the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL, and a Professor of Psychology in Epidemiology at the Faculty of Population Health Sciences, University College London. Marcus read Experimental Psychology at Oxford University, and obtained a PhD at London University in the physiology of human learning. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York and King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry to conduct research into neurodegenerative diseases of ageing, and was one of the first recipients of an Alzheimer's Society Research Fellowship. He joined the MRC National Survey of Health and Development team in 1996, where his work is primarily focused on developing a life course approach to mental ageing and its integration with physical health and function.

Marie Birk Jørgensen

Marie Birk Jørgensen

Associate Professor, National Research Centre for the Working Environment

 

Marie Birk Jørgensen, Msc, PhD, is an Associate Professor in prevention of musculoskeletal disorders at the National Research Institute for the Working Environment.

Her research covers epidemiological research, intervention research and research to practice initiatives. Her research targets workers with short education and typically physically heavy work demands. Main research interest is how to reach these workers with preventive and health promotive initiatives.

She has focused on both the individual as well as organisational and systemic barriers to participation in prevention activities and health promotion. She has spoken at a number of conferences regarding this topic and holds grants that support ongoing research in this. As part of her research on reaching job groups with short education she has developed an organizational intervention concept that targets the health literacy at relevant workplaces.
She gives particular emphasis to research in knowledge translation and exchange and developmental research. She sits in the national board for the Work Environment Research Foundation which funds developmental activities that bring products and knowledge from research into practice.

During her time at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, she has spent half a year at the Department for Work Environment, at the School of Public Health at University of Massachusetts in Lowell and is now research associate with the American National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health centre for excellence, CPH-NEW.

Stephan van den Broucke

Stephan van den Broucke

Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

 

Stephan van den Broucke is Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Formerly a senior expert at the Flemish Institute for Health Promotion in Brussels (1993-2005), a project officer at the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers of the European Commission in Luxembourg (2006-2009), and an Associate Professor at the Department of International Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, The Netherlands (2009-2010), he has coordinated and supervised a large number of national and international research projects in the areas of health promotion planning and evaluation, mental health promotion, health inequalities, capacity building and health literacy.

He serves as an expert adviser to the European Commission as Health and Research Directorate Generals and as a technical adviser for the World Health Organisation, and is a member of the executive team of the Regional Committee for Europe of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

In addition to his teaching assignment at the UCL, he also teaches in the Master program in Psychology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, and has been a guest lecturer at various universities and institutes across Europe.

Stephan van den Broucke holds a Ph.D. in Psychology (KU Leuven) and a degree in Complementary Studies in Health Policy (University of Antwerp). He is author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications and author and editor of several books.

Terje Peetso

Terje Peetso

Programme Officer, Health and Well-being, DG CONNECT, European Commission

 

Dr Terje Peetso joined the Unit Health and Wellbeing in DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology in 2011. Her main responsibilities are related to the coordination of the implementation of the eHealth Action Plan 2012 -2020 as well as the overall coordination of the policy group in the Unit. In 2014 she was the EU Fellow in the University of Southern California, USA, where her research focus was on the obstacles which hinder the introduction eHealth in healthcare systems.

Dr Peetso has been working in the European Commission since 2003 starting as a Scientific Secretary in the Risk Assessment Unit in DG Health and Consumers. In 2006 she became a policy officer in the area of tobacco control in the same DG.

Dr Peetso holds a diploma in medicine from the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Graham Kramer

Graham Kramer

National Clinical Lead for Self Management and Health Literacy, Scottish Government

 

Dr Graham Kramer has been a GP at Annat Bank Practice, in Tayside, Scotland for the last 20 years. He has had a strong interest in the primary care management of people living with long term conditions and the challenge of delivering person-centred care and supporting self-management. In 2004 he had a sabbatical in New Zealand studying a postgraduate diploma in General Practice.

Since 2011 he has been working part-time with Scottish Government, within the Person Centred Health and Care Team as National Clinical Lead for Self-management and Health Literacy. His work has been looking at ways healthcare and polices can support and enable people with long term conditions to have more confidence, understanding, knowledge and skills to be in the driving seat of their health and care. This has led to the development of Making it Easy that sets out an ambition and actions for Scotland to become a health literacy enabling society.

Sylvain Giraud

Sylvain Giraud

Head of Unit, DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission

 

Mr Sylvain Giraud is Head of Unit for health strategy and international issues in DG Health and Food Safety in the European Commission since 2012. Sylvain has worked for the Commission since 2002 (DG Health and Food Safety and the Secretariat General). Before joining the Commission, he worked for European trade associations and consultancies in Brussels. He is a graduate of the College of Europe, Bruges.

Alexander Roediger

Alexander Roediger

Director, European Union Affairs, MSD (Europe), Inc

 

Alexander Roediger (1968), Swiss and German, MA and Executive Master of Business Administration, is Director European Union Affairs of MSD Europe, Inc. His focus is biologics and general pricing & reimbursement policy; he works with different EU institutions in Brussels, particularly with the European Parliament and the Commission, the industry association EFPIA, and other pan-European organizations of civil society. He is currently chairing the Healthcare Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU and the Biosimilars Working Group of the European Biopharmaceuticals Enterprises (EBE).

In 1996, Alexander Roediger received his degree Philosophy from the University of Zurich and in 2006, he received his Executive Master's Degree of Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Before joining MSD, he started his career with the largest Swiss health insurer, Helsana. As of 2001, he worked with the UNICEF as head of information for five years, where he was in charge of advocacy, policy and media relations

Gina Ebner

Gina Ebner

Secretary General, EAEA

 

Gina Ebner is Secretary General of EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults). Before that, she worked as a language teaching assistant in England, a trainer for German and English at different adult education institutes in Vienna (where she’s from) and as a pedagogical manager for a vocational training institute in Austria. After moving to Brussels, she was a project manager at EUROCADRES (Council for European professional and managerial staff) until changing to EAEA. From 2008 to 2013 she was also president of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS LLL).

Kaisa Immonen-Charalambous

Kaisa Immonen-Charalambous

Director of Policy, European Patients Forum

 

Kaisa Immonen-Charalambous (MA) is Director of Policy at the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). She has a Master’s degree in International Relations (UK and Finland). She is responsible for the overall lead of EPF’s policy and advocacy work at EU level, strategic planning, policy analysis, building positive relationships with EU institutions and stakeholders, and developing EPF’s policy positions in close consultation with the membership. Her specific areas of responsibility include patient empowerment and patient-centred chronic disease care; quality and safety of healthcare; health literacy; clinical trials; pharmaceuticals regulation; and cross-border healthcare. She is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Patient Safety and Quality of Care, the European Medicines Agency’s Working Party with Patients and Consumers, and the PISCE Platform of Experts on Self-Care. Before joining EPF in 2010 she worked in EU health policy, advocacy and external communications roles in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Gunta Lazdane

Gunta Lazdane

Professor, Head of University Department, WHO

 

Gunta Lazdane is an obstetrician and gynaecologist, Ph.D and has been Professor, Head of University Department in Riga Stradins University, Latvia. Since 2003 she is working in the WHO Regional Office for Europe as the Programme Manager, Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course. She is assisting 53 WHO Member States in the European Region to improve sexual, reproductive, maternal and newborn health through promoting good health at key stages of life, taking into account the need to address social determinants of health and gender, equity and human rights.
Dr.Lazdane has participated in many European and global conferences and congresses including International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994. She is the Chief Editor of the European Magazine for Sexual and Reproductive Health Entre Nous.

Sture Eriksson

Sture Eriksson

Associated Professor of Geriatrics, AGE and Umeå University

 

Sture Eriksson is associated professor in geriatrics at Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. His professional profile is psychogeriatrics with both clinical, education and research activities mainly on Alzheimer’s disease(AD). Besides research, he has long clinical and educational experiences and has also been a Board member of International Psychogeriatric Association and a number of local political boards. During the last years preclinical AD has been in focus for research with extensive analysis of bio bank blood samples donated long before clinical onset of AD in the Fp7 supported project CHANCES, where he also was leader of work package Cognitive disorders. Other areas of research interest in the relation between AD and diabets mellitus. He has also been active in other research areas such as stress of consciousness in care staff.
Furthermore he is Chairmen of the Swedish Association for Senior Christian Democrats, vice president of ESU(Europeans Senior Union) and a member of Task Forces in AGE.

Gudule Boland

Gudule Boland

Senior Project Lead, Prevention and Care & Safe Use of Medication Programm, Pharos

 

Gudule Boland has a background in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Asia and Africa, and more specifically the monitoring and evaluation of SRHR projects in these continents. She is currently working at Pharos and is leading projects that aim to improve primary health care for migrants and low literate people. She is working for the Prevention and Care Programme and the Safe Use of Medication Programme. In the latter programme, Pharos, together with pharmacists, general practioners and other primary health care professionals, aims to raise professionals’ awareness of the huge impact of low literacy on medication use. Pharos offers training programmes and materials to health care professionals to improve low literate patients’ understanding of their illness and their medication adherence.

IROHLA Speakers:

Barbro Westerholm

Barbro Westerholm

M.D. Prof.emerita, Drug Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute

 

Former positions: Director General, Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare; Vice President, Executive Board, World Health Organisation; Medical Director, Swedish National Corporation of Pharmacies; President, Swedish Association of Senior Citizens; Vice President, AGE Platform Europe (older people’s platform).

Present positions:
Member of the Swedish Parliament. Member of the Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics. Member of AGE Platform Europe’s Health Expert Group.

Caroline Costongs

Caroline Costongs

EuroHealthNet

 

Caroline Costongs is Managing Director of EuroHealthNet, a European Partnership for improving health, equity and wellbeing, based in Brussels (www.eurohealthnet.eu). Caroline has an MSc in Public Health from the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and her main work focuses on policy, advocacy, research and capacity building in the field of health inequalities, health promotion across the life course, sustainable development and “Health in all Policies”.

She is a Board member of APHEA (Public Health Accreditation Agency) and member of the International Council for the European Public Health Conference. Caroline has also worked at the Netherlands Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation (NOC*NSF) on physical activity promotion for young people. Before that, she was active at the Health Institute of the Liverpool John Moores University where she did research on healthy public policies in cities and at the National Capacity Building Institute (INICE) of the Honduras Ministry of Education.

Graham Kramer

Graham Kramer

National Clinical Lead for Self Management and Health Literacy, Scottish Government

 

Dr Graham Kramer has been a GP at Annat Bank Practice, in Tayside, Scotland for the last 20 years. He has had a strong interest in the primary care management of people living with long term conditions and the challenge of delivering person-centred care and supporting self-management. In 2004 he had a sabbatical in New Zealand studying a postgraduate diploma in General Practice.

Since 2011 he has been working part-time with Scottish Government, within the Person Centred Health and Care Team as National Clinical Lead for Self-management and Health Literacy. His work has been looking at ways healthcare and polices can support and enable people with long term conditions to have more confidence, understanding, knowledge and skills to be in the driving seat of their health and care. This has led to the development of Making it Easy that sets out an ambition and actions for Scotland to become a health literacy enabling society.

Andrea de Winter

Andrea de Winter

Assistant Professor , University Medical Center Groningen

 

Andrea de Winter is assistant professor in the field of health sciences at the University Medical Center Groningen and as coordinating researcher involved in the IROHLA project. In this project she supervises four PhD students. She has extensive expertise in large longitudinal cohort studies. Currently, she is project leader of a cohort study into healthy ageing, nutrition and health behaviour (GoudLeven). She leads several research projects on professional-client communication. Her main research interest is health behaviour and clustering of (un)healthy behaviours.

Gina Ebner

Gina Ebner

Secretary General, EAEA

 

Gina Ebner is Secretary General of EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults). Before that, she worked as a language teaching assistant in England, a trainer for German and English at different adult education institutes in Vienna (where she’s from) and as a pedagogical manager for a vocational training institute in Austria. After moving to Brussels, she was a project manager at EUROCADRES (Council for European professional and managerial staff) until changing to EAEA. From 2008 to 2013 she was also president of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS LLL).

Birgit Beger

Birgit Beger

Secretary General, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)

 

Birgit Beger is the Secretary General of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME). The CPME aims to promote the highest standards of medical training and medical practice in order to achieve the highest quality of health care for all patients in Europe. It represents the National Medical Associations of 29 countries in Europe and works closely with the National Medical Associations of countries that have applied for EU membership as well as specialised European medical associations.

Ms Beger is a registered lawyer in Berlin and Brussels and holds law and political science degrees from the Freie Universität Berlin. She has been working for 13 years in Public Affairs and Law in Brussels, inter alia with the European Parliament, a law firm and a European Umbrella Organisation in the area of Human rights and social policy. Before her position as Secretary General, Ms Birgit BEGER was Senior Legal advisor at the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) responsible inter alia for Information Technology Law and European Contract Law. In addition to German as mother tongue, Ms Beger speaks English and French. She lives nearby Brussels with her husband and son.

Line Matthiessen

Line Matthiessen

Head of Unit, Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health, DG Research & Innovation

 

Dr Line Matthiessen leads the Unit responsible for Fighting Infectious Diseases and Advancing Public Health in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The unit promotes and supports EU research and innovation activities in the area of global health issues with emphasis on HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, emerging epidemics, neglected infectious diseases and antimicrobial drug resistance, as well as activities in public health and health systems research. The unit also supports the implementation of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP).

Dr Matthiessen was Head of Unit for horizontal aspects and coordination in the Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research from 1 July 2007 to December 2010.

Line Matthiessen joined the European Commission in 1992. She has been responsible for strategic and policy issues in biotechnology and held the position as principal scientific officer responsible for research in Neurosciences for several years. She has also been scientific officer in the area of somatic gene therapy, animal cell technology and in vitro testing as alternatives to animal experiments.

Dr Matthiessen was trained as an MD at the University of Odense, Denmark and received her PhD in Neurosciences from the University of Paris VI, France in 1993.

Marleen Finoulst

Marleen Finoulst

Belgian Center of Evidence-Based Medicine

 

Marleen Finoulst (1962) is a medical doctor who studied at Leuven University. She worked as a general practitioner for some years. After that she made a career switch and got involved in the media. Since the early nineties she’s working as a medical journalist, collaborated at several television and radio programs and wrote a handful of books on health. She writes on medical topics for professionals and for lay press. She also writes columns in newspapers and magazines. Since 2006 she is editor in chief of Bodytalk, a health magazine in Flemish and French, and since 2013 she coordinates the website www.gezondheidenwetenschap.be (health-and-science) of the Belgian Center of Evidence-Based Medicine, financed by the Flemish Government. The website is a source of reliable health information, based on ebm, for the Flemish lay public. It has two goals: guiding people through the daily health news and rewriting medical guidelines into patient guidelines. The majority of visitors of www.gezondheidenwetenschap.be is older than 50.
Last year, she won the trophy of SKEPP, a scientific organization that fights pseudo-science, for her contribution to health literacy.

Joerg Artmann

Joerg Artmann

Policy Officer, AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

 

Joerg Artmann is a policy officer in the health policy and economics department of AOK Rheinland/Hamburg, a regional statutory health insurer in Germany. His main area of activity is healthcare reform and legislation as well as innovative healthcare delivery projects. Prior to his current position, Joerg has gained extensive experience in EU funded eHealth and telemedicine projects. He holds a degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris as well as a degree in health economics from Fresenius university of applied sciences (Cologne)

Diabetes Literacy Speakers:

Jürgen M. Pelikan

Jürgen M. Pelikan

Professor, University of Vienna

 

Jürgen M. Pelikan, Dr. phil., is Professor emeritus for Sociology at University of Vienna (Austria); Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Healthcare (www.hph-hc.cc/), Key researcher at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, Vienna.(http://lbihpr.lbg.at) and Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Health Promotion International, and a former President of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology and the BoT of IUHPE.
He was influential in initiating and shaping concept development, implementation and evaluation of the international Health Promoting Hospitals network. He is interested in linking health promotion with quality management and sustainability. He also was involved in projects of Healthy Cities and Healthy Schools and has a special interest in theory and practice of the settings approach and in a social science theory of positive health and illness.
As Director of the EU-Project Migrant Friendly Hospitals – An European Initiative to Promote Health and Health Literacy for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities, he got interested in health literacy and helped to initiate the Health Literacy Survey – Europe, where he was a member of the steering group and responsible for its data analysis and reporting. He was a co-editor of the WHO publication Solid Facts: Health Literacy. Actually he is involved as PI in a European FP7 project on Diabetes Literacy, an Austrian project on measuring health literacy of migrants and a number of other health literacy projects and initiatives.

Stephan van den Broucke

Stephan van den Broucke

Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain

 

Stephan van den Broucke is Professor of Health Psychology at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Formerly a senior expert at the Flemish Institute for Health Promotion in Brussels (1993-2005), a project officer at the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers of the European Commission in Luxembourg (2006-2009), and an Associate Professor at the Department of International Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences of Maastricht University, The Netherlands (2009-2010), he has coordinated and supervised a large number of national and international research projects in the areas of health promotion planning and evaluation, mental health promotion, health inequalities, capacity building and health literacy.

He serves as an expert adviser to the European Commission as Health and Research Directorate Generals and as a technical adviser for the World Health Organisation, and is a member of the executive team of the Regional Committee for Europe of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).

In addition to his teaching assignment at the UCL, he also teaches in the Master program in Psychology at the KU Leuven, Belgium, and has been a guest lecturer at various universities and institutes across Europe.

Stephan van den Broucke holds a Ph.D. in Psychology (KU Leuven) and a degree in Complementary Studies in Health Policy (University of Antwerp). He is author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications and author and editor of several books.

Diane Levin-Zamir

Diane Levin-Zamir

Director, National Department of Health Education and Promotion of Clalit

 

Dr. Levin-Zamir is Director of the National Department of Health Education and Promotion of Clalit, Israel's largest health service organization, and lecturer in health promotion in the Schools of Public Health in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. Diane is a summa cum laude graduate of Tufts University in Boston, and earned a MPH and PhD from the Braun School of Public Health of Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine in Jerusalem.
Diane specializes in action research in health promotion in community primary care, hospital and media settings, media health literacy, measuring health literacy, and currently leads the Israel National Health Literacy Survey. She has specialized in health promotion among special groups: children and adolescents, elderly, people with chronic conditions, and health promotion in multi-cultural settings. She is active in promoting comprehensive and sustainable health promotion implementation on national and local levels. She teaches health promotion planning, evaluation and health literacy in medical, public health and health professionals training frameworks. Diane has published extensively on various aspects of health literacy and health promotion. She is one of the founding members of the Israel Association of Health Promoters and Educators and is an active member of the National Council for Health Promotion of Israel's Ministry of Health.
Diane is the principal investigator and representing partner of two European Union funded projects: Diabetes Literacy (FP7) and EhcoBUTLER (Horizon 2020).
Diane has fulfilled a number of leadership roles in International Union of Health Education and Promotion, is chairperson of the Global Working Group on Health Literacy, and serves on the editorial board of the Global Health Promotion Journal.

Lucy Yardley

Lucy Yardley

Professor of Health Psychology, University of Southampton

 

Lucy Yardley is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Southampton. She pioneered the development of the unique ‘LifeGuide’ open source software for developing web-based interventions (www.lifeguideonline.org) and the ‘UBhave’ programme to develop software for creating interventions for mobile phones. Her current programme of research addresses two key questions: 1) how best to optimise user engagement with digital interventions; and 2) how best to integrate digital support for self-management of health with existing healthcare services. These questions are addressed by the development and evaluation of numerous web-based healthcare interventions for illness management and health promotion, funded by over £30 million from the UK research councils, NIHR, medical charities and the EC. Successful national and international trials of her web-based interventions have been published in the Lancet and other major journals.

Martha Funnell

Martha Funnell

Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Medical School

 

Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE is an Associate Research Scientist in the Dept. of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School, Co-Director of the Behavioral, Clinical and Health Systems Research Core of the MCDRT and adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing. She is a past President, Health Care and Education of the American Diabetes Association and past Chair of the National Diabetes Education Program and has won numerous awards. She has thirty years experience as a Diabetes Educator with more than 150 publications and over 200 pres entations.

Peter Schwarz

Peter Schwarz

Head of the Division of Prevention and Care of Diabetes, University Clinic Dresden

 

Prof. Schwarz studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Dresden and completed his dissertation in 2001. He worked as postdoc at the Howard-Hughes-Institute at the University of Chicago and as resident for the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at Technische Universität Dresden. Since 2007, he is a qualified specialist for Internal Medicine and since 2008 Professor and Head of the Division of Prevention and Care of Diabetes at the University Clinic in Dresden. In 2015, Prof. Schwarz obtained the degree Master of Business Administration for International Business. His research interests are the translation of scientific evidence into practical implementation of prevention programs for type 2 diabetes as part of innovative chronic care management and the development of products and business models for prevention. He has coordinated a number of large European and international projects. He initiated an international network of people active in diabetes prevention and the Global Diabetes Survey. He has published more than 150 international peer-reviewed papers. He is internationally active as a speaker on medical and policy-oriented conferences and is executive member of the Diabetes in Asia Study Group. Since years Prof. Schwarz is active in numerous initiatives at the International Diabetes Association in Europe and globally.

Children's Health Literacy Workshop Speakers:

Paulo Pinheiro

Paulo Pinheiro

Senior researcher, Centre for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence, Faculty of Educational Science, Bielefeld University

 

Paulo Pinheiro works as senior researcher at the Centre for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence, Faculty of Educational Science, Bielefeld University. In his contribution he will point out that current interpretations of health literacy in childhood and adolescence are often biased in favour of personal attributes such as skills and knowledge. Paulo will argue that research into health literacy benefits from an analytical framework that focuses on the conditions for and processes of meaning making from multimodal forms of language. Such an approach implies that health literacy concepts need to be disentangled from individual characteristics and should equally address contextual dimensions, e.g. social and cultural factors, dispositions. By making reference to the concepts of literacy events and practices from the new literacy studies, he will bring up an approach for discussion that might be useful to implement and advance such a shift in the understanding of health literacy in childhood and adolescence.

Ullrich Bauer

Ullrich Bauer

Professor of Socialisation Research, Head of CPI, Educational Sciences, University of Bielefeld

 

Ullrich Bauer is Professor of socialisation research, who heads the Center for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI) at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Bielefeld. He is trained in Sociology and Public Health. Together with Dr Paulo Pinheiro, he is coordinator of the German research consortium Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA). The consortium is a partnership of five German universities that conduct research in ten sub-projects for three years from 2015 on. Main areas of research encompass personal development of children and adolescents, socialisation processes, inequalities research, primary prevention, health promotion and evaluation research. In the pre-conference session,he will engage in questions of scoping health literacy in childhood and adolescence (differences to adulthood), domain specific health literacies (such as mental health literacy) and questions of health literacy’s variabilities (due to diverse grants of citizenship and resources).

Shanti George

Shanti George

, Independent Researcher

 

Shanti George is an independent researcher based in The Hague, and -- after teaching at universities on three continents -- is an Honorary Professor at Aberystwyth University in Wales. She has also worked for civil society organizations for children, notably for the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and is an associate of the Learning for Well-being Community. Her contribution to the panel discussion on paradigm shifts in health literacy for children and young people will draw on the classic work of Donald Schon to explore health literacy as reflective practice, with children as self-educators and their significant adults as coaches and co-learners who encourage disciplined freedom.

Elise Sijthoff

Elise Sijthoff

Programme Developer, Fysio Educatief

 

Elise Sijthoff runs Fysio Educatief, a human rights-oriented publishing house based in Amsterdam, and she helped to found the WISHES network (Working together Internationally for Social development and Health in Every School and family). As a panellist, she will argue that health literacy for children and young people should be rooted in daily classroom realities and then be upscaled from there to the local, national and international environments in order to constitute a systematic and coherent approach. Health literacy should reflect a multicultural and inclusive society, with empowering examples from everyday life. The guiding principle should be ‘Get it right for every child, here and now.’

Uwe H. Bittlingmayer

Uwe H. Bittlingmayer

Sociologist, University of Education, Freiburg

 

Uwe H. Bittlingmayer is a sociologist at the University of Education, Freiburg. He is engaged mainly in teacher education and in the study programme pedagogy of health at his institution. His main research interests are sociology of health, education and inequality, human rights education and critical theory. In his contribution, he will shed light upon the challenging question: how to empower in terms of health literacy young people who could not be empowered in the traditional understanding because of severe disabilities? He will argue that the concept of health literacy (in a wider understanding) could profit from the concept of inclusion which drives the agenda of educational sciences, school development and educational policy since at least five years.

Janine Bröder

Janine Bröder

PhD candidate, Bielefeld University

 

Janine Bröder is a PhD candidate at Bielefeld University, working on the conceptualization and meaning of health literacy in children and adolescents within the German Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA) Consortium. She holds a Master’s degree in European Public Health from Maastricht University. In the panel, she will reflect on results from her systematic literature review on definitions and conceptualizations of health literacy in children and adolescents. She will argue for a development-adjusted approach to health literacy, recognizing it as a social and multi-faceted construct. Health literacy enables children and adolescents to approach their own health and that of others in an informed, empowered and ethically responsible way. This requires balancing child protection concerns with children’s rights and their participation in health literacy processes and practices as active citizens.

Rahel Kahlert

Rahel Kahlert

Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research in Austria, Vienna

 

Rahel Kahlert currently directs the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research in Austria, Vienna, focusing on the evaluation of public health programs. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Almas Merchant

Almas Merchant

Researcher, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research

 

Almas Merchant is currently a researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, working on developing and evaluating health indicators. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Orkan Okan

Orkan Okan

Research Associate and Scientific Project Manager, HLCA, Bielefeld University

 

Orkan Okan is a primary school teacher who is now a research associate and scientific project manager in the German Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence research consortium (HLCA) at the Centre for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI) at the Bielefeld University, Faculty of Educational Science, Department of Socialisation Research. As a researcher of the MoMChild project which aims at the development of a health literacy instrument for 9-10 year old children, he is interested in quantitative and qualitative research methods. While new perspectives from childhood research consider children as active citizens, social agents, co-constructors of their social world, and social minorities living in a childhood with unequal power relations, uneven distribution of rights and that is mainly constructed by adults, their active involvement and participation in the social and cultural construction of health literacy and its measurement might be supportive in both reaching the project's goals and accepting children's rights. His presentation will critically reflect on the construction of the underpinning theoretical model of health literacy, and the specific issues and methods that come along with the project`s approach in order to measure health literacy of children.

Malcolm Thomas

Malcolm Thomas

Director, School of Education and Lifelong Learning, Aberystwyth University

 

Professor Malcolm Thomas is Director of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth University. In addition to this position (a post held since 2009), he was appointed by Bangor University in August 2015 as the new Director of the North and Mid Wales Centre of Teacher Education. His main area of research is on health promoting schools. In 1999 he was a member of the Health Promotion Wales Task Group that led to the Healthy Schools Initiative in Wales. He has conducted research into healthy schools and well-being in the UK, Canada, China, Tanzania and Europe. In 2012, he organised the first Child’s World Conference: Working Together for a Better Future that led to a follow-up conference A Child’s World: Next Steps in June 2014. Professor Thomas will debate whether health literacy as a term and concept will be a step too far for schools. Will teachers and pupils see this term as a hindrance that counteracts the health education and promoting curricula and practices in schools already? In doing, so he will draw on a recent research project that will focus on the health and wellbeing perspectives of primary school teachers in Wales.

Dirk Bruland

Dirk Bruland

Researcher, Faculty of Educational Science , Bielefeld University

 

Dirk Bruland is a researcher at the Faculty of Educational Science at Bielefeld University. Since March 2015, his research focus evolves around Teacher Mental Health Literacy (Teacher MHL) – a sub-project within the German Health Literacy in Childhood and Adolescence (HLCA) Consortium. The sub-project’s primary objective is to assess the pupil-related mental health literacy of school teachers , with a focus on knowledge about children's living conditions and psycho-social strains. In his presentation, Dirk Bruland will show the role of schools in supporting children. He will present the first results of his research on Teacher Mental Health Literacy and will discuss these according to teachers' real possibilities in everyday school life to support children to grow up as active citizens. He holds a M.Sc. in Public Health and is a certified social pedagogue (University of Applied Sciences), with a research background on child and adolescent psychiatry, particularly on education and child development as well as on psycho-social risk factors.

Migrants' Health Literacy Workshop Speakers:

Kaveh Bouteh

Kaveh Bouteh

Pharos

 

Kaveh Bouteh has worked for more than 15 years as a trainer, professional speaker and educator and has experience ranging from executive coaching to delivering presentations to groups of 500.

As a trainer and consultant, he has led many professional development programs in communication, management, diversity and cross-cultural training to over 1000 organizations and executive-level managers and their employees.

He is an experienced professional speaker and has given many presentations at several conferences around health disparities and effective communication with people with restricted health literacy.

Kaveh Bouteh's experience ranges from teaching communication at the Medical Center UMC, the VU Amsterdam (vrije Universiteit), TNO, (research institute for Applied Scientific Research), NSPOH-Netherlands School of Public & Occupational Health and AVANS+ , (post bachelor institute)

Marjolijn van Leeuwen

Marjolijn van Leeuwen

Pedagogue & Expert in Communication and Low Health Literacy, Pharos

 

For 17 years Dr. van Leeuwen worked in the Education for Migrant Adults, in Amsterdam as a teacher, a manager and a project leader in projects for migrants with low Health Literacy. This experience is very useful in her current job (5 years) at Pharos (the Dutch Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities). She helps organizations to adjust to the language, knowledge and level of abstract thinking of their patients and clients. She developed a training in oral communication for professionals and is involved in developing accessible educational materials like flyers, websites and films. She also advises organizations like hospitals, health centers and educational consulting bureaus in effective communication with patients and parents.

Hester van Bommel

Hester van Bommel

Project Manager, Diabetes and Self Management for Low Literacy Diabetes Patients, Pharos

 

For more than 8 years Hester has worked at Pharos (The Dutch Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities). With her background as a physiotherapist and health scientist, she is involved in the access and quality of primary care for chronic patients who have limited health skills. In addition, her expertise is on the theme health literacy and illiteracy. The development of educational materials for patients is one example.

Health Literacy Evidence Workshop Speakers:

Eszter Kun

Eszter Kun

Director of Research, Szinapszis Market Research and Consulting Ltd

 

Eszter Kun is the director of Research at Szinapszis, a Budapest based market research and consulting company specializing in health care and pharma related research. She graduated as a sociologist specializing in survey statistics and has a strong background in quantitative methodologies applied in market research. Before arriving at her current role she was a research executive at AC Nielsen.

In the past decade she had the opportunity to work closely with different stakeholders in healthcare: physicians, KOLs, pharma companies as well as patients suffering from acute or chronic illnesses. She strongly believes, that evidence based conversation involving these stakeholders is essential to have a hope at changing how we approach healthcare problems – and was therefore excited to head the research project replicating the HLS-EU Consortium’s survey for Hungary.

Logistics

When

Tue November 17, 2015 09.00 to
Thu November 19, 2015 17.00

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Where

Management Centre Europe

Rue de l'Aqueduc 118
1050 Ixelles
Brussels, Belgium

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