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Knowledge Event and Policy Course - Asia Pacific Network for Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS)

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


We are pleased to announce that (a) A Knowledge Event - Health System and Community Resilience: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (4 December 2023), and (b) A Policy Course on Health System Transformation: Private Sector Engagement for Primary Care Led Integrated-Seamless Health Care (5-7 December 2023) is to be held by the Asia Pacific Network for Health Systems Strengthening (ANHSS). The collaborating local institution is The Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research of the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, one of the founding members of ANHSS.


  • The one-day Knowledge Event (4 December 2023) will comprise:

(a) Presentations by key policymakers and academics working in the pandemic responses from countries and jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific Region to discuss lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic in health systems transformation, and strategies for institutionalizing the knowledge gained for health system and community resilience. The invited speakers include policy makers at national and sub-national level who will be presenting in the Keynote and Plenary Session.

- Keynote: Dr Ronald Lam (Director of Health, Department of Health, Hong Kong SAR)

- Morning and Afternoon Plenary:

  1. Professor Teodoro HERBOSA (Secretary, The Department of Health, The Philippines)

  2. Professor Vernon LEE (Senior Director, Communicable Diseases Division, Singapore Ministry of Health, SINGAPORE)

  3. dr. Endang Sumiwi (Director General of Public Health, Ministry of Health, INDONESIA)

  4. Professor EK YEOH (Director, Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG SAR)

  5. Professor Laksono TRISNANTORO (Professor of Health Policy and Management, Department of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada, INDONESIA)

  6. Professor Ying Yao CHEN (Deputy Dean, School of Public Health, Fudan University, CHINA)

  7. Professor Siripen SUPAKANKUNTI (Professor, Centre of Excellence for Health Economics, Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, THAILAND)

  8. Ms Ada CHUNG (The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, The Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data, HKSAR)

  9. Professor Maria Elena B. HERRERA (Adjunct Faculty of Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Metro Manila, THE PHILIPPINES)

  10. Dr Yanghee KIM (Senior Research Fellow, Health Insurance Institute, National Health Insurance Service, Seoul, KOREA)

The programme of Knowledge Event can be downloaded here.


(b) Invitation for poster presentation to present research work relating to health system and community resilience in the pandemic. The abstract submission guidelines and selection criteria are attached or can be downloaded here. The winner of best poster award could get HK$1,000!

  • The 3-day Policy Course (5-7 December 2023) will provide an overview of the challenges encountered in the transformation to a primary care led seamless integrated healthcare system in both tax and social insurance finance healthcare system, and discuss framework and mechanisms for primary care led integrated health care systems with course participants’ input in the context of their health systems. The health system governance (policy) instruments of financing, strategic purchasing, contracting, regulation and information will be elaborated. The course will also cover critical factors for implementation, approaches in monitoring and evaluation of policy interventions with case studies on countries experience. An optional visit to an integrated primary care and hospital faculty is planned on 8 December 2023 (Friday) subject to availability.

The Opening Session of Policy Course with keynote speakers and panel discussion in the morning of 5 December 2023 with regard to the challenges for health system private sector engagement for primary care led integrated seamless healthcare will be opened to public for free. Registration of opening session ONLY is at https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13674736.


Opening session:

1. Dr. Libby LEE (Under Secretary for Health, Health Bureau, HONG KONG SAR)

2. Professor Teodoro HERBOSA (Secretary, The Department of Health, The Philippines)

3. dr. Endang Sumiwi (Director General of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Indonesia)

4. Professor EK YEOH (Director, Centre for Health Systems and Policy Research, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HONG KONG SAR)


The programme of Policy Course can be downloaded here.





Important Dates

Poster Abstract Submission (https://cuhk.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cVbbfU17erCXbAW) closing on 31 October, 2023 23:59 [Hong Kong Time]


For details, please refer to the Flyer or visit our websites at


Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Ms Christine KO (Tel: 852 2252 8702; email: christineko@cuhk.edu.hk) / Ms MIAO Ho-yee (Tel: 852 2252 8783; email: hoyeemiao@cuhk.edu.hk)


We look forward to your support and participation in the Knowledge Event and Policy Course!


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