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Dear friends and colleagues,
The 7th EURIPA Rural Health Forum that will be held in Panormo, Crete in Greece on November 2nd – 4th 2017. The theme for this year’s Forum is “Rural Renaissance”, and will focus on the importance of rural health in a constantly changing environment, predominated by the ongoing European financial and refugee crisis. The Forum is designed to bring together physicians, health professionals and medical trainees, working in rural health settings and offers the opportunity for all to contribute in their own way to discussing important issues regarding population health and health care service delivery in rural practice settings, through sessions, speeches and workshops.
The aim of the 2017 meeting is to promote synergy and solidarity between rural health practitioners, researchers, health policy makers and academicians. This year’s program will include a wide range of interesting topics focusing on rural research and practice; addressed by seven major plenary themes: “Implementation science in rural settings”, “Ecology and environmental change”, “Cancer and rurality: Inspire action, take action”, “Lifestyle and health with focus on smoking and nutrition”, “financial and refugee crisis and the role of rural communities”, “Healthy and active ageing and wellbeing”, and “education and training of rural GPs”. WONCA networks and working parties have been also invited to contribute to the Forum by joining their forces to organize workshops and round tables focusing on integrated interdisciplinary approaches of health care.
It is well known that Greece has been affected by the financial crisis and the Greek population struggles from austerity that has had a profound impact on people living in rural areas. As such we feel it very fitting that our Forum will be held on the beautiful island of Crete where issues related to rural health populations are seen more today than ever. Together we will discuss not only the issues being faced but solutions – together we will increase our collective capacity to improve practice and research in rural health settings to better meet the needs of residents.
We look forward to welcoming you to Crete for this important gathering of Rural Health Professionals.
|Christos Lionis, MD, PhD, FRCGP(Hon)
Chair of the Scientific Committee, EURIPA forum 2017
Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Crete, Greece
|Theodoros Vasilopoulos, MD, MSc
Chair of the Organizing Committee, EURIPA forum 2017
Member of Council of WWRPR, Executive Committee of EURIPA, European General Practice Research Network (EGPRN), Heart Failure Association of the ESC (HFA)