NIH@25:Transforming Philippine Health Systems Towards Universal Healthcare Through Research Partnerships  

As we move towards universal health, the health systems should be aligned and responsive to the needs of the people. With this, the role of research is crucial in the development of evidence-informed policies and programs. The UP-NIH is committed to galvanize and support health research needed to strengthen our goal of health-for-all.

General Objectives 

  1. To illustrate the role of health research in pursuit of universal healthcare for Filipinos 
  2. To gather relevant stakeholders and discuss the whole-of-government approach towards Universal Health Care
  3. To present and propose actionable evidence-based recommendations for health policy and public health program
  4. To reflect and learn from the ethical challenges in research and policy during the COVID-19 pandemic

Keynote Plenary

Objective: Discuss how health research is translated into policy and practice

  • Keynote 1: Universal Health Care in the Philippines: From Policy to Practice
  • Keynote 2: Health is Wealth: Advancing Better Health through Research

Session Themes

Session 1: Considerations in Health Research toward Policy Planning and Decisions

Objectives: Discuss how health research, ethics, and health technology assessment are considered in policy planning and decisions for universal healthcare.

  • Lecture 1: PAGTANAW 2050: The Philippine Science and Technology Innovation Foresight
  • Lecture 2: Integrating Ethics in Health Policy Decisions during Public Health Emergencies
  • Lecture 3: Health Technology Assessment and Universal Health Care

Session 2: Making Primary Care Work

Objective: Describe challenges and recommendations for implementing primary care

  • Lecture 1: Philippine Primary Care Studies
  • Lecture 2: Implementing and Monitoring National Practice Guidelines in Primary Care
  • Lecture 3: Primary Health Care Transformation in Vietnam

Session 3: Overcoming Challenges in Access to Health Care

Objective: Propose research-based strategies to ensure access to primary health care services across life stages

  • Lecture 1: No One Left Behind: Addressing Rare Diseases with UHC
  • Lecture 2: Creating Eye Referral Networks at the Primary Level
  • Lecture 3: Promoting Hearing Healthcare: An Audit of Primary Ear Care Services
  • Lecture 4: Towards A National Comprehensive Geriatric Health Program for Healthy Ageing: Lessons from The UPWISE and Fit for frail Studies

Session 4: Sustaining “Health for All” for the next Generations

Objective: Discuss strategies to sustain universal healthcare

  • Lecture 1: Health Financing in UHC for the Long Haul
  • Lecture 2: Strengthening the Referral System of the Continuity Clinics for Newborns
  • Lecture 3: Challenges and Sustainability of the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program in the Philippines
  • Lecture 4: Accurate, Accessible, Affordable Diagnostics to Save Lives and Save Costs Towards Cost-Efficient Diagnostics to Save Lives

Session 5: Harnessing Big Data for UHC

Objective: Demonstrate the role of modeling and integrated surveillance systems in health policy decisions

  • Lecture 1: Operationalizing Interoperability to Link Healthcare Provider Networks in UHC
  • Lecture 2: Integrated surveillance systems for better outcomes 
  • Lecture 3: Decision-making using Mathematical Modeling Approaches: COVID-19 and Beyond

Session 6: Promoting Discoveries and Innovations for Filipinos

Objective: Present opportunities and applications of discoveries and innovations for Filipinos

  • Lecture 1: The Critical First 1000 Days: Child Growth and Development within the UHC
  • Lecture 2: Mainstreaming Herbal Medicine in the Philippine Health Care System
  • Lecture 3: Combating Counterfeit Medicines through Monitoring, Reporting and Containment Strategies
  • Lecture 4: Promoting Health Biotechnology and Innovation for the Country’s Economy

Session 7: Research Preparedness Plans: Adaptive Tools for Generating Evidence

Objective: Discuss new strategies and support systems in evidence synthesis and generation

  • Lecture 1: Adaptive Designs and Rapid Reviews: Balancing Speed and Rigor
  • Lecture 2: The Living CPG Models: Evidence Network Consortia
  • Lecture 3: Building the Clinical Trials and Translation Hub