Volunteering Opportunity at Bucharest Forum Healthcare

We are currently accepting applications for volunteering at Bucharest Forum Healthcare - A Healing Revolution: Patient and Community Centered Medicine taking place on September 29, at the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, in Bucharest. The Bucharest Forum / Healthcare platform is part of Aspen Institute Romania's Healthcare & Quality of Life program, bringing together experts from the public sector and from the industry. The Healthcare & Quality of Life program aims to achieve significant steps towards a sustained and sustainable reform of the healthcare system in Romania by encouraging a set of best practices and procedures that can influence evolution in the field, putting to work market synergies.

Selected volunteers are kindly asked to keep their schedule flexible on the days prior to the event, as they might be invited to attend several short informative sessions before the event.
Work during the volunteering program would involve welcoming guests, assisting with organizing materials for the event, registration of onsite attendees, providing useful information to guests, tracking session participation and logistical support.

  • excellent command of English;
  • ability to perform well in a multicultural environment;
  • excellent time management skills;
  • previous experience in event and conference organizing.

To apply, please write in English to Ms. Elisabeta Dinu, at elisabeta.dinu@aspeninstitute.ro, outlining your motivation to participate in a 500 words paragraph. Please attach a copy of your CV. The closing date for applications is September 15.

Previous editions of the Forum served as an incubator for ideas, becoming a reference point for testing proposed solutions and policies, including through the elaborate studies presented during the events. The long-term implications of the healthcare sector make this field a key element for the wellbeing and quality of the Romanian society.  

The Forum brings together renowned specialists from the medical sector, decision-makers, European and national experts in the fields of healthcare, health technology and the pharmaceutical sector, representatives of academia and researchers, as well as business leaders engaged in developing health policies. The participation of a number of experts from European Union countries contributed to setting up a program community and an agenda of thematic priorities in convergence with national priorities and advanced technological solutions as well as the EU regulatory framework. 

Main themes:

I. The 21st century Medicine: the Role of Technology evolution and R&D towards innovative personalized healthcare solutions
Scientific advancements outline a path towards ‘personalized medicine, a targeted approach to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease based on an individual’s specific genetic profile. In fact, in recent years therapeutic alternatives based on the study of genetic profiles have been developed, but use of genetic data to inform medical decisions is still lagging behind.

II. Eradication of a Disease in 21st century Europe: Romania Hep C case study 
The growing availability of highly effective treatments for genotype 1 infection is limited by the cost of new agents. One dimension of the discussion is related to the selection of treatment regimens. In the case of patients with genotype 1 infection, this should take into consideration efficacy, duration and adverse effects, the profile of the regimen, potential drug interactions, prior patient history and the stage of the illness. For individual patients, the financial component represents an important dimension to be considered. 

III. Healthcare Sector: Sustainability and Systemic Efficiency in the Pharma Sector via HTA and Managed - Entry Arrangements 
In Romania and the rest of Europe, healthcare budgets, both public and private, are coming under increasing pressure due to demographical patterns and financial difficulties, while the medical needs are growing and diversifying. This raises the problem of reforming the financing of the healthcare sector in order to make it more sustainable and able to meet the challenges of an ageing population. The goal is to achieve low costs and full consumer choice of providers and quality of care, for instance by means of combining universal medical savings accounts with supplementary programs to protect vulnerable patient categories.

IV. The Nexus of Quality of Life and Social Resilience. Challenges in Raising Life Quality Standards

A society’s adaptive and transformative capacities are key to its long-term wellbeing and particularly to the quality of life of its people, whether measured in access to public health and utilities services, infrastructure or transportation. All these components require increasing interconnectedness, so as to provide citizens with wider access to public utility services. These services, alongside the healthcare system, are vital to the communities’ wellbeing. Innovative ways to build social resilience, either at the level of local communities or in large urban centers require a mix of policy design instruments and cross-sector mobilization campaigns. Various vulnerability factors such as natural hazards, disrupted economic, infrastructure and social connections impact the build up of a resilient and structurally healthy society.

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