The Wennberg International Collaborative Spring Policy Meeting is hosted by the Wennberg International Collaborative, the National Research Program 74 «Smarter Health Care» and the Swiss School of Public Health.

Wennberg International Collaborative

The Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) was founded in 2010 by Dr. David Goodman of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (U.S.) and Professor R. Gwyn Bevan of the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.). The inaugural meeting was held at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010.

The goal of the Collaborative is to accelerate research into the causes and consequences of unwarranted health care variation across regions and providers. The WIC was organized in response to the complex and often controversial nature of this research that has led to slow progress in many countries. The Collaborative seeks to reduce barriers in the field through sponsoring research and policy meetings, facilitating collaboration amongst members, advocating for health care data availability, and serving as a clearinghouse for research and policy findings. The primary focus of the WIC is variation in health system performance within countries, although some members also examine variation across countries.

The National Research Program 74 «Smarter Health Care»

NRP 74 "Smarter Health Care" is a National Research Program (NRP) of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and is investigating the structures and utilisation of health care services in Switzerland to tackle the practical challenges of caring for the chronically ill.

The Swiss health system is often considered to be among the best health systems worldwide as some indicators such as high life expectancy, number of health professionals and patient satisfaction show. However, there are also challenges. The aging population and the growing prevalence of chronic diseases requires a shift from a health care system that is focused on dealing with acute illnesses to a system that is geared to prevention and health promotion as well as to more long-term, patient-centred and integrated care.

The main goals of the new NRP are to provide insights into the health care structure and utilisation in Switzerland, and into ways of improving health outcomes with a particular focus on prevention and the treatment of chronic conditions.

The Swiss school of public health

The Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) is the national coordinating body for the promotion of postgraduate university education and the research in the fields of public health. SSPH+ is a foundation of eight universities: Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Svizzera italiana and Zurich.

Conference Organization

Luca Crivelli

Conference Chair

University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and SSPH+

Milo Puhan

President of NRP 74

University of Zürich, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)

Fieke Franken

Conference Organizer

University of Zürich, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)

Contact information Wennberg Conference

For questions regarding the program:
Fieke Franken, University of Zürich, EBPI

Administrative Secretariat

For questions regarding registration and
contribution submission: