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Working Group Health Policy and Systems Research and Innovation

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Aim: Innovating and (re)designing health systems research and interventions

Conducting implementation research and evaluating health systems intervention with focus on stewardship, health financing and health service delivery for community oriented primary care with a public health perspective.

Focus: Anchoring implementation science and real world research in primary care

  • Innovating research methods in order to promote the uptake and use of evidence.
  • Supporting uptake of health policy reforms by accelerarting absorbtion into practice.
  • Supporting practitioners in serving patients needs.


  • Health systems research
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Collaboration, co-design and co-creation
  • Health systems strengthening
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health policy foresight
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Community oriented primary care
  • Equity and social value

Main focus

Implementation research

  • Complex interventions
  • Systems thinking
  • Impact evaluation
  • Real world research
  • Health policy and uptake of reforms
  • Organization, financing and service provision in general practice

Disruptive Innovation

  • Population based needs
  • Social and economic sustainability

Responsive Transformation

  • Stakeholder engagement involvement in the innovation and implementation process
  • International knowledge and transfer of experience
  • Translation of lessons and networking: cross-country and cross-professions
  • Partnerships for Implementation and Innovation
  • Informing Health Policy, Practice and Practitioners
  • Uptake and Sustainability of reforms


Post-COVID-19 – Survey of family physicians and pediatricians (duration: 01.12.21-21.12.23) 

MP Frauen 5.0  – Model Program for patient-centered cross-pratice and cross-professional cooperative primary care of women 50+ (duration:15.01.2021-15.07.2021)

COVID-GAMS  – The COVID-19 Crisis and its impact on the German ambulatory sector  – the physicians’ view (duration: 01.06.20-01.07.21)

ERiM – Emergency support for primary care clinicians (duration: 01.08.2018-30.06.2020)

Frauen 5.0 – Regional Health Care Service Provision by Gynecologists and General Practitioners for Women 49 Years of Age and older (duration: 01.07.2017-29.02.2020)

Delegation in NRW – Survey of office-based family doctors and general practitioners working in North Rhine-Westphalia regarding the delegation of tasks (duration: 01.10.15-01.02.17)


Head of working group

Lorena Dini, MD, MScIH, PhD

CCM: Campus Charité Mitte

Foto: Julian Wiskemann

Current Team

Yasmine ElHage

AG Health Policy and Systems Research and Innovation

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Mike Traub

AG Health Policy and Systems Research and Innovation

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Marlena van Munster

M.Sc. in European Public Health

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Previous team

  • Marcos Vinicius de Oliveira Gouvêa (01.03.21-31.03.22)
    Studium: Medizin (Allgemeinmedizin, Brasilien), International Health (M.Sc.) 
    Schwerpunkte: Community oriented primary care, Allgemeinmedizin, soziale Determinanten der Gesundheit, Gerechtigkeit und Gesundheit
  • Eva Radtke (01.04.21-21.12.21)
    Studium: Gesundheitsökonomie (M.Sc.) 
    Schwerpunkte: Datenmanagement, Datenschutz, Digitalisierung im Gesundheitswesen, Abrechnungs- und Vergütungssystematik der ambulanten Versorgung 
  • Deniz Senyel (01.04.21-21.12.21)
    Studium: Gesundheitsökonomie (M.Sc.) 
    Schwerpunkte: Mentale Gesundheit, Suizidprävention, Frauengesundheit, Gesundheitskompetenz 
  • Jacqueline Posselt (01.04.21-21.12.21)
    M.Sc. in Public Health
    Schwerpunkte: Gesundheitskompetenz, digitale Gesundheit, soziale Ungleichheit 
  • Ana Ordoñez Cruickshank (01.07.21-31.12.21)
    Studium: Medizin (Geriatrie, Mexiko), International Health (M.Sc.) 
    Schwerpunkte: Geriatrie, Allgemeinmedizin, Bevölkerungsbasierte Befragungen, Epidemiologie 
  • Michael Zobi (01.07.21-31.12.21)
    Studium: Medizin (MScIH, Bachelor of Science and Medicine and Surgery, Ghana 
    Schwerpunkte: Mentale Gesundheit, Tropenmedizin
  • Poleta Luga (01.07.21-31.12.21)
    Studium: Medizin (Albanien)
    Schwerpunkt: Allgemeinmedizin, Infektologie

Conferences end of 2022

2nd International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Spatial Methods for Urban Sustainability (SMUS Conference) & 
1st RC33 Regional Conference “Latin America: Brazil” in cooperation with ESA RN21 “Quantitative Methods”  08‒10.09.2022, Online Conference hosted by the University of São Paulo (Brazil) - Session: Spatial Methods in Healthcare Research    

European Forum for Primary Care Conference, Ghent, Belgium.
A Dialogue on European Family Medicine and Primary Care
25. – 27. September, 2022
German Congress for Health Services Research. Potsdam, Germany.
Meeting of the Working Group International Health Services Research, 05. October 2022 (18:15h – 19:15h)
Speakers’ corner: 06. October 2022 (11:00h – 13:00h)
Satellite Event to the European Public Health Conference 2022, Berlin, Germany.
Population Health Management Meets Value-Based Care: Sustainable Business Models for Optimized Healthcare Services
8. November, 2022 (14:30h – 18:30h)
Pre-conference: European Public Health Conference 2022, Berlin, Germany.
Bridging Primary Care and Public Health: Revisiting the priorities of practitioners in the aftermath of COVID-19
9. November, 2022 (9:00h – 12:30h)

Courses for post-graduates

CAPHRI-ASHPER: Maastricht-Salzburg Open Medical Institute (OMI) -  9th to 15th October 2022

Master of Science in International Health, Charité  - Yearly in October/November since 2019

  • Lecture; International Health Policies
  • Lecture: The German Health System
  • Lecture: Non-Communicable Diseases: Cardiovascular and Respiratory

Asfendiyarov Kazakh National Medical University

  • Course: Health Care System for (12 days program, 36 hrs, from 29.11.2021-15.12.2021), online
  • Course: Global Health and German healthcare system (24 days, 72 hrs) Berlin, 11.12 -15.12.2021

University College London (UCL), The Bartlett Real Estate Institute; MSc Healthcare Facilities - Primary Care Module

  • Lecture: Health Services: Primary Care (1,5 hrs., 07.12.2020)
  • Lecture: Primary Care and Climate Change: Health care centers as a living social center (1,5 hrs.) 21.12.2021