Essential public health functions and the health systems transformation

Essential public health functions and the health systems transformation
Public Health

The fifth meeting of the series proposes to discuss and analyze the new challenges facing health systems that the COVID-19 pandemic has created and that have affected the conditions of access, coverage, and results in the field of public health. For this reason, strengthening the capacities of health authorities is essential to guarantee the right to health of all.

WHEN: Friday, December 9, 2022, 10:00 a.m. (EST)



As part of the webinar series on the essential public health functions (EPHF), organized by PAHO/HSS and in the framework of Universal Health Day 2022, this last webinar of the year aims to highlight the many experiences, processes and lessons learned that have been carried out in 2022 to strengthen the role of public health in the transformation processes and strengthening of the health systems.


  • Presentation and moderation: Roberto Tapia, Health Systems and Services Advisor, PAHO/WHO Office in Brazil 

  • Opening remarks: Marcos Antonio Espinal. Acting Assistant Director, PAHO/WHO

  • The EPHF in the processes of strengthening and transforming health systems: Ernesto Báscolo, Acting Chief, Health Services and Access Unit, PAHO/WHO

Block 1: The role of health authorities and public health in addressing the determinants of health

  • The approach of Public Health in the agenda of transformation of health systems: Pastor Castell-Florit Serrate, Director at the National Public Health School, Cuba

  • Training of human resources for the integration of public health in the strengthening and transformation of health systems: Lucy Lopez, Director of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, San Marcos University. Peru 

  • Application and use of the EPHF as a mechanism to strengthen the SUS: Luis Facchini, Principal Investigator, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

Block 2: Experiences for the strengthening and transformation of health systems

  • Main public health challenges in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic: Phillip Swann, Registrar, Ministry of Health. The Bahamas 

  • The approach of the renewed EPHF in the framework of Suriname’s health system transformation process: Rakesh Gajadhar Sukul, Director of health, Ministry of Health, Suriname

  • Establishment of priorities in the development of national health policies in Costa Rica: Andrea Garita Castro, Director of Planning. Ministry of Health. Costa Rica 

Q&A session

  • Key messages and closing remarks: James Fitzgerald, Director of Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO



+ information from the webinar series on Policy Options to Strengthen and Transform Health Systems in the Americas - PAHO/WHO | Pan American Health Organization (