Over the three years of the CHORDIS PLUS project funded by the EU, 21 pilot projects dealing with testing tools and good practices for certain chronic diseases were implemented, and policies and practices were shared among the member countries in various fields. The online closing conference of the project was organised by the Health Services Management Training Centre of Semmelweis University’s Faculty of Health and Public Administration.

CHRODIS PLUS project funded by the European Union brought together 50 partners from 21 European countries between 2017 and 2020, and provided a platform for 15 national and 2 EU-level policy dialogues in addition to the introduction of good practices. The English-language online closing conference was organised by Semmelweis University’s Health Services Management Training Centre hosting 350 registered participants.

The online closing conference on chronic diseases chaired by Zoltán Albert Aszalós (Mphil, MBA, MSc) from the Health Services Management Training Centre, gave an overview of the impact of the CHRODIS PLUS project on the public health systems of EU member states and how good practices, models and tools introduced by the project can be adjusted to the different national and local circumstances across Europe. The presentations and the round table discussions focused on health promotion and prevention, integrated multimorbidity care model, promoting quality care for patients with chronic illnesses, the application of info-communication tools and the connection between employment and chronic diseases.

“Semmelweis University was invited by the State Secretariat for Healthcare of the Ministry of Human Capacities to join the international public health project in 2017. In addition to the Health Services Management Training Centre, the National Institute of Oncology and Semmelweis University’s Department of Public Health participated in the project along with 50 organisations from 21 EU countries.”, said Zoltán Albert Aszalós, project manager of the Health Services Management Training Centre.

The National Institute of Oncology and the Department of Public Health were mainly involved in the development of public health models, and the Health Services Management Training Centre took an active role in project communication and dissemination on a European level.

“Last year, the Centre organised the first live joint conference in Budapest and this year as the host of the closing conference we had the opportunity to present Semmelweis University in this internationally prestigious project of public health. It was a great challenge to get the messages of CHRODIS PLUS to the general public and professional circles at the same time. Over the duration of the project, communication has significantly sped up and visual contents have overtaken written messages. The staff of the centre made a professional team in this complex work.”, Zoltán Albert Aszalós said evaluating the three-year period.

Dóra Vas
Photo: Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University
Translation: Ágnes Raubinek