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2021 Socrates Romania Online Healthcare Seminar

On May 26-27, 2021, Aspen Institute Romania will organize an international online seminar under the framework of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program, debating the resilience of healthcare systems and key challenges in public medicine, in the context of the SARS – COV- 2 pandemic.

The seminar will be conducted in English and will consist of two 4-hour sessions, one session each day of the seminar. If you are interested in participating, please contact

The Future of Public Health:

Building a More Resilient Post Pandemic System

Public health systems of countries around the world continue to be put to the test by SARS-COV-2 pandemic. This unique and often allusive disease seems perfectly designed to expose systemic weaknesses and tests the decades-old question in public medicine of how to balance innovation and universal healthcare. Countries around the world have managed this balance differently and are discovering live the costs and benefits of these choices. This seminar will debate key challenges of different public healthcare systems and ways in which different long-term investments and policies have shaped outcomes, looking to develop best practices for the Romanian health system. Topics will include:

  • How to solve the medical personnel deficit in public health and medical care.
  • Strengthening the resilience of local communities, developing best practices at the local level.

Additionally, discussions will address, more broadly, the cost of not investing in healthcare and not financing research & development. Furthermore, as a means of strengthening the resilience of public health systems, discussions will also explore how national pandemic preparedness plans should look like. Bringing together key stakeholders from the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Community, we will use the Aspen Method to create a group as diverse as possible in terms of professional sectors (private, public, non-profit) and gender. Around 20 participants will debate, based on texts sent beforehand, topics relating to public policies, reforms and sustainability in the healthcare sector, focusing on the interaction between the main public, private, academic and non-governmental actors in the healthcare system.

Supported by Prof. Univ. Dr. Alexandru Rafila, Member of the Executive Board, WHO and Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life Program Director, the two moderators, Drs. Jennifer Lee and Vlad Mixich, will ask the hard questions of how nations balance healthcare for all and innovation, economic health and human lives, individual privacy and the public good.

Event information
Wed May 26, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021