TO-REACH featured in the EHMA Webinar Series ‘COVID-19: From Viral to Containment’

31 August 2020

The TO-REACH project will be featured in the EHMA Webinar Series ‘COVID-19: from Viral to Containment’ on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 with a dedicated webinar on ‘Better health systems and policies revealed from research and innovation‘. The webinar will outline the TO-REACH framework and how it can be pivotal in better understanding and addressing the pandemic.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 at 13:30 (CET)

The COVID-19 emergency has highlighted the importance of policymaking and research working together to achieve better outcomes. Research is key in supporting health systems and addressing challenges, identifying the areas that need improvement, and strengthening and facilitating the transfer of innovation between countries. COVID-19 has rapidly introduced changes in protocols, services, and transferability of successful innovations. However, even before this pandemic health systems faced common challenges including the increasing cost of healthcare; shortages and uneven distribution of health professionals; health inequalities and inequities in access to healthcare; and growing demand for healthcare from ageing populations and rises in chronic diseases and multi-morbidities. A framework that studies the importance of research implementation for service and policy innovation and to make innovation transferability effective has been developed by the To-Reach project. Its Strategic Research Agenda has identified the key research areas that could help to effectively understand the health system’s capacity issues and overcome structural barriers.

This EHMA webinar will discuss how what the To-Reach framework is and how it can play a vital role in addressing COVID-19 challenges and highlight areas where we can put more effort and resources to achieve quality and equitable care. The national perspective of Romania will be presented as an example of this, and we will also hear about how stakeholders are being mobilised and coordinated throughout the European Union.


  • Sabrina Montante, Senior Advisor- EU Affairs, ISS – National Institute of Health of Italy and To-Reach Project Coordinator, Brussels
  • Marius Ungureanu, MD PhD, Director of Education – Department of Public Health, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania

Practical Information
The webinar is free and open to the public. To register please click here.

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