Demographic developments, new clinical pictures or unequal access to resources are key factors when we talk about the promotion of public health and the treatment of diseases and injuries. Our health system must constantly adapt to new challenges. In this context the following questions arise: how must the health system be developed, so that it is able to offer future generations good medical care and affordable services? How can the well-being of individuals be improved? How can a shared understanding about the challenges in health care be established?
We need more knowledge and scientific evidence concerning how processes in health care can be designed, so that the health care system is able to adapt quickly to the continuous exchange between research, politics and actual practice. Especially with regard to social change, we can already see how a fluid interface can help develop common solutions for the support of the elderly, guarantee comprehensive care for the chronically ill, or meet the rising costs of health care via better models for care.
With the goal of strengthening public health in Switzerland, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020 concerns itself with issues regarding the transfer of knowledge between research, politics and practice. Experts from around the globe will discuss how evidence-based solutions can be systematically and optimally integrated into our health care system. In addition, with the examples of diverse national and international projects, we will point out which questions are still open, how the results of research can be implemented in practice and how gaps within the Swiss health care system can be tackled.
In line with a health care system that is still learning, the Swiss Public Health Conference 2020 brings together various players from politics, practice, and research and thus becomes the locus of an important interface itself. Together, we should be able to define a shared understanding of the current needs and future challenges of the Swiss health care system. Not only that, but we can also develop steps for the processes which accompany these demands.
Ursula Zybach, President Swiss Society for Public Health
Nino Künzli, Director Swiss School of Public Health und
Deputy Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Gerold Stucki, Chairholder and Professor of Department of Health Sciences and Medicine, Universität Luzern