About the European Health Parliament (EHP)
1. What is the EHP?
The European Health Parliament is a multidisciplinary movement connecting and empowering the next generation of European health leaders to provide disruptive, actionable solutions for health. Each year, over the course of four plenary sessions, 50-60 of the brightest young minds in health work in five committees to develop policy recommendations for the future of European health. By taking part in the EHP, members are provided with the connections, knowledge and tools they need to drive policy change in Europe.
2. What does the EHP want to achieve?
The EHP wants to achieve two objectives.
First, the EHP wants to prepare the next generation of health leaders so they are equipped to drive policy changes in Europe. EHP members gain practical experience through their interaction with stakeholders, both at plenary sessions and through their committee activities and recommendations. They are also offered a series of training sessions. Moreover, the EHP connects new EHP cohorts with the alumni community and with key stakeholders in the field of health, enabling them to continue to lead once their year with the EHP has ended.
Second, by empowering this community of talented young professionals, the EHP wants to provide disruptive recommendations for EU health policy. Europe’s health systems are under significant pressure to evolve in a changing environment and in need of valuable, actionable and innovative policy.
3. Why is it called the European Health Parliament?
The EHP is European because it seeks to provide solutions to European health issues. Our recommendations are primarily designed for policymakers at the European level, though they could also be used to address these issues at a national level.
The EHP focusses on health issues because Europe’s health systems are under pressure to evolve. Being healthy is a concern to everyone, and it is therefore important that our health systems are up to the job.
The EHP considers itself a parliament because its members come together to deliberate the future of European health policy. Through the work of five committees and meetings with stakeholders, EHP members develop policy recommendations that are presented to policymakers. Neither elected nor representing a political party, EHP members are selected for their contribution to, and potential to lead in, European health policy. They also represent the voice of the young generation, who stand to use more health services as they age.
4. Who sits on the EHP?
Each year the EHP convenes a diverse group of 50-60 young professionals representing all healthcare sectors, including the medical profession, industry, academia, public sector, patient associations and civil society.
Members come from a wide range of educational backgrounds, with degrees in political studies, biomedical science, pharmacy, medicine, economics and international relations, among others. EHP members also embody European diversity, as they come from different European countries.
EHP membership is limited to one edition, as each year the EHP grants a new group of leaders the opportunity to participate and shape the future of European health.
EHP participants do not represent political parties.
5. How does the EHP work?
Over the course of one edition and four plenary sessions, EHP members work in five committees to develop a series of policy recommendations. Each committee addresses a specific theme.
During the kick-off meeting on 27 September 2018, EHP Partners will present five themes so that participants have time to indicate their preferences. EHP participants will be then divided across five corresponding committees.
At the first plenary session:
- Participants elect the EHP President from among their ranks
- Each committee elects a Committee Chair and Vice Chair who are responsible for managing committee activities, from research and stakeholder outreach to ultimately delivering the recommendations. Chairs are also their committee’s point of contact for the EHP organisation.
- The EHP President and Committee Chairs are added to the Steering Committee. Together with the six Partners, the Steering Committee is responsible for the organisationof the EHP. The six Partners may also provide logistical, methodological and editorial support if requested by a committee.
Each committee will then begin its work around one specific theme, with the aim of developing a series of policy recommendations to be presented in April 2019. Each committee is free to determine their own scope of work within the theme as well as their own internal working processes. Developing the recommendations typically involves research and interviews with stakeholders. Committees meet at their own volition. The committees will also communicate their ideas via several social media channels throughout the programme.
All members meet at four plenary sessions (1-day meetings) during the course of the programme. Attendance at the plenary sessions is compulsory. The four plenary sessions will take place in Brussels on the following dates:
- 7 November 2018 (Opening Session)
- 5 December 2018
- 6 February 2019
- 2 April 2019 (Closing Session)
6. Is the EHP affiliated with the European institutions?
The EHP is not affiliated with the European Parliament or other EU institutions.
Members of the European Parliament, Commission officials and other representatives of the EU institutions are regularly invited to contribute to the EHP, for instance by participating as speakers or jury members in the plenary sessions or by meeting with EHP committees directly.
The EHP has also partnered with EU40, the network of young Members of the European Parliament under the age of 40, but this organisation is independent of the European Parliament.
7. Can the public visit the EHP?
The EHP cannot be visited as it is not a physical place. However, plenary sessions are open to interested parties if they have previously registered via the EHP website.
What we do
8. How are the outputs of the EHP used?
The five EHP committees develop and present a set of policy recommendations on five pressing themes, which aim to serve as inspiration for EU policymakers’ own proposals. With their recommendations, EHP members aim to drive policy change for a better health in Europe.
9. Has the EHP impacted policy so far?
EHP recommendations have already been included into EU legislative proposals:
- Victor Negrescu, former MEP (S&D, RO), put forward the EP Written Declaration on Electronic Health Records in April 2016, which originated from one of the recommendations of EHP 1.
- Karin Kadenbach MEP (S&D, AT) included proposals by the AMR committee of EHP 3 for her Report on a European One Health Action Plan against Antimicrobial Resistance.
The relevance of EHP recommendations is also ensured through the selection of the five themes of each edition. Prior to the start of a new edition, the EHP and European Commission cooperate to ensure that all themes are aligned with the EU’s health policy priorities.
The EHP is also recognised as a partner in the Value in Healthcare project of the World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare System Initiative.
10. Is there a way for me to provide the EHP with information or input?
We welcome engagement from and with our stakeholders. EHP members interview policymakers, MEPs and our partners, among others, to gain input on Europe’s most pressing health issues. Directly engaging with our committees is highly appreciated, as is participation as a speaker at our plenary sessions.
If you want to get in touch with EHP, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us via our social media channels.
We encourage stakeholders to use our hashtag #WeRun4Health to share your ideas, impressions and experiences with the EHP.
11. Can the EHP recommendations from previous years be cited elsewhere?
All EHP recommendations can be cited after publication. For instance:
European Health Parliament, Committee on Outcomes-Based Healthcare, ‘Boosting Healthcare Outcomes in Europe’, in European Health Parliament, ‘Make Health Great Again: Recommendations by the Next Generation’, Brussels, April 2018, pp. 11-26. Available from: www.healthparliament.eu.
How to Participate
12. Who can participate?
We are looking for enthusiastic young thinkers with the ambition to co-shape future Europe and to co-author policy recommendations. Participants need to be under 35 years old and hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Prior experience or background in healthcare is desired, but not required.
Participants do not have to be EU citizens and are not required to be based in Brussels, but attendance at the four plenary sessions and active participation in committee activities is expected.
13. How do I apply to the EHP?
To apply for the EHP, please fill out the application form, where we ask you to motivate your reasons for your application. We also ask you to upload your CV.
The application period for EHP 4 is now closed. Applications for the 5th session will open in June 2019 and further guidance will be shared on our website around that time.
14. How much time will the EHP require of me?
Participants are required to attend and engage actively in the four plenary sessions. In between sessions, it is up to each Committee to identify the most suitable working methods. Committee participants can meet face-to-face and/or communicate via a wide range of social media and online platforms that will be at their disposal.
Based on past experience, we know that workload increases gradually, peaking between the 3rd and 4th plenary sessions, when the recommendations need to be submitted. We estimate that Chairs spend on average between 5-10 hours per week, while that number will be lower for other participants.
15. Is there a participation cost?
There is no participation fee for participants. Travel/logistics costs will not be reimbursed.
16. What does EHP bring to participants?
The EHP provides the next generation of health leaders with the connections and knowledge they need to promote European health throughout their career.
EHP members gain practical experience through researching and writing their recommendations, and through their participation in four plenary sessions where they meet to brainstorm, examine and discuss ideas and finally present the five sets of recommendations.
EHP members can also participate in:
- Facilitating roundtables with leading stakeholders and public officials
- Conducting in-depth research for their policy recommendations
- Interviewing experts and policymakers
- Being interviewed by local and international media
- Preparing contributions relevant to their recommendations for POLITICO’s Morning Health Care newsletter ahead of each plenary session
- Several training sessions offered by our partners POLITICO (interacting with journalists), EPF (patient centricity), EU40 (understanding and dealing with the European Parliament) and Porter Novelli (media training).
The EHP President, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs also gain an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills during plenary sessions and while working on the committees. Each committee elects a Chair and Vice Chair who are responsible for managing committee activities from research and stakeholder outreach to publication.
17. What do EHP members do after the EHP?
Many EHP members have gone on to great careers in European health. Notable alumni include:
- Eleni Antoniadou, EHP 2, NASA Scientist and Co-founder of Transplants without Donors
- Lila Stavropoulos, EHP 3, Top 50 Global Health Tech Influencer
- Martyna Giedrojć, EHP 2, Top 50 Global Health IT Leader Nominee by HIMSS
- Arthur Stril, EHP 2, Co-founder at Onigo
- Silvia Gómez Recio, EHP 2, Secretary General at YERUN – Young European Research Universities Network
- Elin Mignérus, EHP 3, CEO at CathPrint AB
The EHP alumni community also continues to grow year on year. After three editions, the EHP community now stands at more than 200 members. More are set join EHP 4. The alumni community plays a vital role in contributing to the success of the current edition, and in connecting EHP members across editions.
Partners & Sponsors
18. Who founded the EHP and why?
The six founding Partners aspired to create and facilitate an idea-generating platform with 55 young professionals and students who want to help shape the future of European health. The EHP aims to provide this next generation with the connections and knowledge they need to come up with the creative and actionable solutions that Europe’s health systems so desperately need, now and in the future.
The six founding Partners were Johnson & Johnson, European Patient’s Forum, College of Europe, EU40, Politico and Google.
19. Who are the current partners?
As of EHP 4, the EHP Partners are Johnson & Johnson, European Patient’s Forum, College of Europe, EU40, Politico and Porter Novelli. Google is no longer a Partner.
20. How is the EHP financed?
The EHP is currently financed by its six Partners.
21. Do partners have a say on EHP recommendations?
Partners do not have a say on EHP recommendations.
Prior to the start of a new edition the Partners, in cooperation with the European Commission, decide on the five themes for the EHP committees. This is done to ensure that each edition discusses the most pressing EU health priorities of that moment.
After the recommendations are finalised by the committees, the Partners provide editing services in order to be able to present a coherent set of policy recommendations at the 4th plenary session. These services are limited to proofreading and design and do not alter content. EHP committees may ask the Partners to assist their work by providing access to information or contacts, but the Partners do not influence the content of recommendations.
22. Is the EHP in the EU Transparency Register?
The EHP is registered in the EU Transparency Register: 067711130762-48. Since it is not a legal entity, the EHP is registered as a de facto association.
EHP is a movement of members who write their policy recommendations in their private capacity, as professionals interested in EU health policy.
EHP members and EHP partners are not remunerated. Similarly, any stakeholders or experts interviewed for the EHP are not remunerated.
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