Regional health policy development for the 21st century : 10th Annual Conference of the WHO Regions for Health Network, Caltanisetta, Sicily, Italy, 14-15 November 2002
AbstractThe Regions for Health Network organized its Tenth Annual Conference alongside Tenth Anniversary celebrations in Sicily, Italy in November 2002. Each year, the Regions for Health Network (RHN) holds a conference on a timely theme important to health improvement in Europe, and the theme for this special year was health policy development for the 21st century. Participants representing regions from all across Europe met to address main issues which dominate the health environment in Europe. As regions in many countries are changing and adapting as the result of restructuring health care systems, health policies are being revised and rewritten. More and more regions are striving to connect policy with practice, often carrying extensive responsibilities for health development in crucial areas such as health and social services and the environment. Quality of health services is increasingly rising as an agenda item. As countries decentralize, this often leads to regions becoming increasingly engaged in the formulation and implementation of policies that arise at the national or international level. Regions look to work together with each other and with their national counterparts toward the goal of better policy formation and implementation. Participants shared with each other case studies, experiences and expertise from their own regions. This conference offered them ample opportunity to discuss relevant concerns on a common ground - health issues and health system concerns specific to the regional level. At the end of the conference, participants discussed and agreed on initiatives to provide added value at the regional level, and identified opportunities to achieve the former
WHO Regions for Health Network in Europe. Conference (10th : 2002 : 2002) & World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (2003). Regional health policy development for the 21st century : 10th Annual Conference of the WHO Regions for Health Network, Caltanisetta, Sicily, Italy, 14-15 November 2002. Copenhagen : WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/107541
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