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Conference «Social Policy and Social Innovation in Healthcare»

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«Social Policy and Social Innovation in Healthcare»

28 & 29 May 2016

P.E.D.A. conference room, 4, Kotsika str., Athens

The social cooperative Anemos Ananeosis / Wind of Renewal, the City of Athens, the Union of Municipalities of Attica (P.E.D.A.) and the Greek Green Cities Network are organising a conference on Social Innovation in Healthcare, focused mainly on in-home health care services. The conference will be held on 28 & 29 May 2016 at P.E.D.A. conference room (4, Kotsika str., Athens). The two-day event is under the auspices of the Hellenic Regulatory Body of Nurses and is organising with the support of the European Commission Representation in Greece and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Athens.

The aims of the conference are:

  • to present the Greek and European reality concerning the social innovation in the health sector, with emphasis on implemented pilot projects in-home health care services
  • to highlight the role of municipal clinics, social clinics and social pharmacies in reforming the current health care system,
  • to debate on the accreditation of social enterprises on health services and in-home health care services,
  • to contribute in the promotion of new approaches, good practices and social investments in actions which combine conventional social policy and social innovation in healthcare.

The conference addresses to the Greek doctors and nurses, the staff of municipal social services, the staff and volunteers of municipal clinics, social clinics and social pharmacies, the civil society organizations, mainly the patient organization, the students of relevant disciplines, as well as to the political and administrative staff of the Ministry of Health.

For registration and more information please contact: , (+30)2103803959



Saturday, 28 May 2016

09.30-10.00         Registration

10.00-10.10         Welcome speech by the President of the Union of Municipalities in Attica Hercules Gotsis

10.10-10.20         Introductory remarks by Aris Peroulakis, Deputy Head, European Commission Representation in Greece

10.20-12.00         Session Α: «Inhome healthcare services and the national health system – specialized actions, pilot projects, local initiatives»

10.20-10.30         Stratis Chatzicharalampous, Representative of the Ministry of Health

10.30-10.40         Athina Kalokairinou, Professor, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

10.40-10.55         Athina Delidaki, Dora Pappa, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

10.55-11.05         Spyridoula Tsaroucha, nurse, “Merimna”

11.05-11.15         Dr. Aliki Tserkezoglou, Scientific Director, Galilee Palliative Care Unit

11.15-11.25         Dorothy Garoni, Psychologist-Psychotherapist, KLIMAKA

11.25-12.00         Q&A

Moderation        Savvakis Papadouris, Internist Oncologist, Stratos Tsellas, nurse, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

12.00-12.20         Coffee break

12.20-13.30         Session Β: «The European experience in inhome healthcare services and nursing, and community health systems»

12.20-12.35         Representative of European cooperative for in-home healthcare services and nursing (tbc)

12.35-12.50         Dr. Barbara Stiegler, Psychologist, expert in gender equality and in-home health care

12.50-13.05         Helmut Wallrafen, Director of SOZIAL-HOLDING, Municipality of Mönchengladbach, expert in in-home health care

13.05-13.30         Q&A

Moderation        Nikolaos Gavalakis, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Athens

13.30-15.15         Session C: «The role of local authorities and civil society on social innovation in healthcare: the European and Greek experience»

13.30-13.40         Eleftherios Ioannidis, Mayor of Kozani, President of the Greek Green Cities Network

13.40-13.50         Maria Stratigaki, Vice-Mayor of Athens for Social Solidarity, Welfare & Equality

13.50-14.00         Eleni Kantzeli, Vice-Mayor of Agios Demetrios for Social Care

14.00-14.10         Dimitrios Papastergiou, Mayor of Trikkaion

14.10-14.20         Charisis Papageorgopoulos, Executive Healthcare Consultant of Municipality of Zografou

14.20-14.30         Dr. Eliza Ferekidou, University of Athens Medical School, Biologist, Voluntary Program “Health Allies”: Needs assessment of senior citizens – members of Friendship Clubs, of Municipality of Athens

14.30-14.40         Tassos Sapounakis, social policy consultant of the City of Athens, economist – consultant of local authorities

14.40-15.15         Q&A

Moderation        Nikos Chrysogelos, President, Wind of Renewal

15.15–16.05        Light lunch

16.05-17.40         Session D: «The role of the civil society in the social innovation in healthcare »

16.05-16.15         Monika Dendrinou, Representative of the Association of In-home healthcare in Syros (skype)

16.15-16.25         Maria Kataki, Representative of the Annoussakio Foundation, Kissamos Ctete (skype)

16.25-16.35         Ioanna Georgakopoulou, Psychologist, Institute of Mental Health of Children and Adults

16.35-16.45         Avra Panagopoulou, Health Visitor, Head of the Office for Health Protection and Promotion, Municipality of Zografou

16.45-17.00         Achilleas Vassilikopoulos, Yiorgos Kesisoglou, Scientific Association for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support “SYMPLEFSI”

17.00-17.10         Dr Christos Kleisiaris, Assistant Professor in Primary & Home Care Nursing, Nursing Department, Technological Educational Institute of Crete. “Health outcomes and perspectives of using wireless community networks in a community-dwelling population: An example from”

17.10-17.40         Q&A

Moderation        Eleftherios Ioannidis, Mayor of Kozani, President of the Greek Green Cities Network

17.40-18.30         Session Ε: «Social and Green Innovation in Health»

17.40-18.00         Athanasios Atsalis, Sevastanos Moirasgentis, Christos Tourkolias

18.00-18.15         Ioannis Paravantis, Assistant Professor, University of Piraeus

18.15-18.30         Q&A

Moderation        Nikos Chrysogelos, President, Wind of Renewal



Sunday, 29 May 2016

11.00-13.00         Parallel working groups

Working group 1: «The synergies and the role of the central state , the civil society organizations and health personnel on in-home health care services»

Moderation        Stratis Chatzicharalampous, Representative of the Ministry of Health

Working group 2: «Institutional and regulation aspects of the operation of in-home healthcare in Greece»

Moderation        Stratos Tsellas, nurse, General Oncology Hospital of Kifisia “Agioi Anargyroi”

13.00-13.30         Conclusions – Closure

Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem

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“The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”.

Athens, May 4th 2016

A recent study conducted by the European Parliament showed that 36% of Greek households were experiencing energy/fuel poverty during 2013, in other words facing difficulties maintaining comfort conditions in their homes.

Three organizations, the  Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece, the social enterprise Wind of Renewal and the Institute of Zero Energy Buildings, active in the fields of ecology, energy savings and sustainability are joining their forces with the aim of publishing a policy paper with reference to “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”.

Within this context, the aforementioned organizations in collaboration with the Athens Resilience and Sustainability office, organised the 1st workshop with the aim to enhance the dialogue among key stakeholders as well as to exchange ideas with focusing on the minimization of the energy poverty phenomenon in Greece. The workshop took place on April 20th 2016, and was the first of a series of preparatory actions in order to collect as much information and suggestions as possible, to be incorporated in the policy paper.

Participatory procedures gave the opportunity for an open discussion among representatives of institutional, academic and social/civil organizations, who responded positively to the invitation.  The dialogue was structured around 7 questions related to the causes and characteristics of the phenomenon, of energy poverty, and another 8 pertaining to policy change proposals and the active participation of the addressed citizens.

Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, the Technical Chamber of Greece, the Center for Renewable Energy Sources and Savings, the National Observatory of Athens, the Technical Assistance for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency in Greece – GIZ, attended the workshop on behalf of various institutional sectors.

The Academic sector was represented by professors from the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Technical Education Institute of Athens. The workshop was also attended by representatives from municipalities located within the Attica Prefecture. More specifically, the Athens Resilience and Sustainability Office – Municipality of Athens, the Municipality of Agios Dimitrios, the Municipality of Egaleo and the Municipality of Nea Smirni.

Furthermore, representatives from the Greek Ombudsman – Independent Authority, the Employees Association of Social Housing, the Citizen’s Inspectorate for Sustainable Development, Greenpeace and the Hellenic Passive House Institute contributed to the discussions, while a number of students, researchers, journalists, MEP’s associates and citizens were present and joined the dialogue.

A second workshop will follow in mid-June where the first draft of the policy paper will be presented. Stakeholders from various sectors will have the opportunity to provide feedback which may be incorporated prior to its finalisation. The final edition of the policy paper is scheduled to be presented in September 2016.