China is undergoing rapid economic, social, demographic, and epidemiological changes and transitions. With enormous improvements in health status of Chinese people, China is also facing new health challenges, such as the emerging non-communicable chronic diseases, ambient air pollution, food safety, health system reform, high prevalence of smoking among Chinese men and so on. To address the rapidly evolving health challenges, Chinese medical universities and institutions need to strengthen their capacity in research, education and academic projects. It is most important to train young faculty and researchers for institutional capacity building in these fields.
With the initiation of Zhejiang University and China Medical Board (CMB), the “Westlake Youth Forum” was held in Hangzhou (2012, 2015) and in Chengdu (2016) respectively. The forum provides a platform for the young faculty and researchers to build up academic network, to exchange scientific thoughts and research experiences, to get inspiration and sparking in the mind, and to promote research cooperation. The participants have improved their knowledge and skills, as well as strengthened the research and teaching capacity in related institutions.
Strengthening the capacity building of health policy and health system research in Chinese medical universities and institutions through young faculty training.
1. To provide a networking opportunity for the domestic and overseas your faculty and researchers
2. To upgrade knowledge and research skills of young faculty through the technical assistance provided by senior scientists
3. To promote communication and collaborations among scholars in areas of health technology assessment and quality of care
4. To share the progress of ongoing CMB-supported research projects
1. Four sessions with tentative themes:
a) Health financing
b) Health technology assessment
c) Quality of care
d) Access to healthcare
2. Poster presentation
3. Events on academic capacity building
4. Field visit to cutting-edge health facilities