The Working Group aims to present potential gaps in health professionals’ representation in health workforce, how those gaps may be addressed and what may be potential benefits and opportunities in a gender balanced health workforce. The primary objectives of the working group are:
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Chair: Dr. Valia Kalaitzi, Maastricht University
Valia Kalaitzi, Lecturer at the International Health Department, Maastricht University, The Netherlands with an educational background in International Management (MSc). Her research area is on women leadership in health care, diversity and inclusion topics across health and medical organizations. The research focus is to create a body of work that contributes to deepening our knowledge on barriers to gender equality in healthcare; ideally, that knowledge contributes to foster equal opportunities in recruitment, education and training in health professionals; to close the gap for underrepresented health professionals, especially at senior levels, and furthers the field of gender equality in healthcare, which in turn benefits significantly healthcare systems. Her research is reflected in several publications including articles published in peer reviewed journals, in lectures to professional and international bodies and conferences papers. She has taught gender equality good practices within the framework of EU funded projects. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in health training programs, public health and medical projects and publishing. She is Expert Evaluator on H2020 proposals, on Interim Evaluation of the 3rd Health Program at EC; and consultant in the areas of women’s entrepreneurial development, economic empowerment and leadership. She is member of EUPHA Working Group on Public Health Leadership and on Health Workforce Research, Foundation of King Jan Kazimierz (Poland), UN Women Organization, Women in Global Health, Eurogender.