HSR Symposium 2016 and Health Policy and Planning

By Natasha Salaria (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Today marks the start of the Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research; a wonderful and also challenging programme addressing the theme of ‘Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world’ from 14-18th November in Vancouver, Canada. This conference is hosted by Health Systems Global.


capture-virginiacapture_sandra With both of our editors-in-chief, Sandra Mounier-Jack and Virginia Wiseman, and many of our section editors in attendance, Health Policy and Planning (HPP) have several activities and resources to point to, taking place in honour of this week’s theme and beyond:

1.First and foremost- we have published an essential pre-read conference article collection relating to (and divided by) the individual sub-themes of this year’s conference: http://bit.ly/2faMxVJ

2. Health Systems Global, in partnership with Health Policy and Planning and with financial support from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, is pleased to announce a call for papers on the theme of the conference ‘Resilient and responsive health systems for a changing world’. This call is intended for those who have submitted conference abstracts and/or presentations for the HSG symposium.  Accepted papers will be published as a special journal supplement during 2017 and papers that receive positive reviews but are not deemed suitable for this supplement may also be considered for individual publication. Papers speaking to each of the conference sub themes will be targeted- please visit the following link for the full call for papers:  http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/heapol/call-for-papers.html?utm_content=buffer41690&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

3. Health Policy and Planning is also hosting a joint event with LSHTM Alumni’s network at the Cactus Club Café on Thursday 17th November 5.30-7.30pm (drinks and snacks included) in order to provide official thanks and acknowledgement to all of our 2015/6 reviewers! As well as to announce our early career professional award for 2016. The early career professional award involves Health Policy and Planning section editors training early career professionals in how to process a manuscript, invite relevant and non-conflicting reviewers and to ultimately make independent decisions on whether or not a paper is of a certain standard for publication in a journal. This is part of our efforts to engage with the up and coming researchers in the field.

4. Finally, our co-editor-in-chief, Dr Virginia Wiseman will also be on the panel of a session on Friday 18th November in Rm 19 on ‘Meet the Editors: Opportunities and challenges in publishing Health Policy and Systems Research’, discussing opportunities, challenges and emerging trends. Please feel free to attend and ask any questions you may have.

Please also feel free to come and visit our booth in the exhibition hall – number 20 – we look forward to seeing you there!

Follow the conference hashtag using #HSR2016 and follow @HPP_LSHTM for more conference and journal related updates!

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