Working Group on Primary Care and Population Health for European Cities (PRiPHECi)

The PRiPHECi WG is chaired by Wim Klein Nagelvoort and Suvi Ristolainen.

The first step was a kick-off meeting on May 5/6 2014 in Ghent, Belgium. The Department of Family Medicine of Ghent University hosted this meeting 

 

The main result was the signing of the Ghent declaration!

In Barcelona on the first day of the EFPC 2014 conference a second meeting took place in which many good practices were already presented. In the overview of all presentations you can find contributions of the municipality of Empoli in the Toscane region and of the city of Ghent.

Interestingly, we see examples of primary care that supports local public health approaches and priority setting. One major challenge in all cities is the other way around: how to use (local) population data in support of primary care interventions

In order to bring those primary care intervention together an online platform called PIE has been created. An explanation of what PIE (Problems, ideas & Experiences) is can be found in the workshop presentation at the EFPC Amsterdam conference on the 2nd of September 2015.

January 13, 5pm CET an online webinar (30min) has been hosted to guide you through the opportunities and features of this PIE APP. A business case has been developed by the chairs to provide you more insight on the expectations.

Interested to join?! Please send a message to the EFPC secretariat .

Background

Based on the fact that cities and other local authorities become increasingly important for the health of their population the EFPC launches the Working Group PRIPHECI. Important pressures are the integration of Community Care and Primary Care or in other words the connection between Public Health and care for the individual. The difficulty for local authorities is to adapt their care system to the increased needs of the individuals living within their neighborhoods. These needs have not only increased in volume but also in complexity. An adequate monitoring system for these local authorities, providing insight of the needs in terms of prevention and health  promotion, reactive care including emergencies, continuity of care, dealing with chronically ill mainly in the context of home care is crucial and creating equitable financing which take into account the differences between affluent and other parts within the city are needed. Local governments need information, assistance and capacity building on how to achieve practical solutions for these major challenges which lay ahead and will become more visible in the coming decades. The Community Oriented & Integrated Primary Care approach is a model that fits very well to tackle most of the challenges. Moreover, addressing health problems requires an intersectoral approach at the local level, integrating health and welfare sectors with housing, work, education, infrastructure…

Key words:

Population Health, Community Care and Primary Care, Population based payment systems, Health Equity, Intersectoral Cooperation

Objectives

The overall purpose of this Working Group is to exchange experiences and good practices in the field of primary care and population health, by policy makers, practitioners and researchers in primary care and in municipal health bodies. This may lead to several types of products (papers, research agenda, presentations in conferences, etc.) but most important is the benefit to the participants themselves: support to development of policy and practice by learning from others who work in a different context but with similar responsibilities and challenges.  Ideally, each participating city is represented by one staff member of the municipal health and social services department and one member of the EFPC.