#CitizensInHealth: How can we help strengthen our public health system?

The coronavirus pandemic opened the public’s eyes to how fragile the Philippine public health system is. 

Despite the relaxation of quarantine measures in most parts of the Philippines, there is not end in sight for the COVID-19 crisis. Experts have also warned that this will not be the last pandemic to hit the globe. (READ: Where are the promised 30,000 tests a day? The government's moving targets) 

Actions driven by the Filipino bayanihan spirit provided key lifelines to many during the pandemic. How can citizens continue to take part in strengthening the public health system?  

Join the conversation through #CitizensInHealth: An Online Career Talk Series to Strengthen Our Public Health System. 

The online series is a collaboration of Rappler, Ateneo de Manila University, Bagumbayan Initiative, GoodGovPH, EpiMetrics, Liyab, and Covid-19 Action Network Philippines. 

The discussion tackled the need for people from different disciplines to ensure a robust health system.

Invited speakers included Dr Beverly Lorraine Ho,Department of Health Director for Health Promotion and Communication Service; and Dr Norman Dennis Marquez, former director of the Health Sciences Program of Ateneo de Manila University; and Bagumbayani’s Ken Abante as moderator.

Talk 2: Health Leadership and Governance (Saturday, June 13)

This discussion, broken into two sessions, focused on health management career opportunities in local government, and on health career opportunities in hospital and clinic management.

Invited speakers included Allan Quijano, St Luke's Medical Center Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning and BusinessDevelopment; Atty. Viva Olalia-Guzman, Apayao Cagayan Medical Center Administrative and Legal Officer; and Karla Maria La Rosa, Taytay Doctors Multispecialty Hospital Administrator.

Invited speakers included Dinagat Islands Governor Kaka Bag-ao and provincial health officer Dr Jillian Lee.  (READ: Kaka Bag-ao: Careers in fighting COVID-19 not limited to health workers)

Talk 3: Health Financing x Universal Health Care (Saturday, June 20)

How are the funds for health used? How can people participate in better and more inclusive health financing?

These are some of the important questions that will be tackled on the 3rd week of the career talk happening on Saturday, June 20, at 2 pm. The discussion will also highlight the career opportunities in health financing, health policy, and systems research towards universal health care. 

Invited speakers include ThinkWell Philippines health financing expert Ian Nuevo, UP College of Medicine professor Dr Tony Dans, and COVID-19 Action Network Philippines lead convenor Dr Eddie Dorotan. 

Those interested to join the discussion may register here – Rappler.com