The CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board was established in order to generate synergies between EU institutions and EU Member States and EEA countries in regards to the health agenda on chronic diseases and healthy ageing. It is comprised of representatives nominated by the health ministries of Members States, EEA countries, and representatives of the European Commission and the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Governing Board’s main responsibilities are to keep relevant policy-makers informed, contribute to guiding the technical work and strategic progress of the CHRODIS PLUS Joint Action, and to support the development of a sustainability plan based on keeping chronic diseases at the forefront of the political agenda for health after the end of the Joint Action. The Governing Board meets once a year.

Click HERE to access the webpage of the Second CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board meeting – May 2019

Click HERE to read the First CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board Newsletter – November 2018

Click HERE to  access the webpage of the First CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board meeting  –  June 2018

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Second CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board meeting

Date:             Tuesday-Wednesday, 4-5 June 2019
Location:      Malta

First CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board meeting

Date:             Tuesday, 19 June 201
Location:      Ulm University (Ulm, Germany)

To see more on what happened during this meeting please click here.


CHRODIS PLUS Governing Board members

AustriaEva-Maria Kernstock, Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs

Belgium – Saskia van de Bogaert, Federal Public Service Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment

Belgium  Danielle Massant (alternate member), Flemish Administration (Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid) 

CyprusMyrto Azina Chronides, Ministry of Health, Medical Officer 1st Class

Cyprus Chryso Gregoriadou (alternate member), Ministry of Health, Nursing Services  Officer

Croatia – Ivana Brkic Bilos, Croatian Institute of Public Health, Head of Division for Epidemiology and Prevention of Noncommunicable Chronic Diseases

Croatia – Verica Kralj  (alternate member), Croatian Institute of Public Health, Head of Department for Cardiovascular Diseases

Denmark – Charan Nelander, The Danish Committee for Health Education (CEO)

Finland Heli Hätönen, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

France Christine Berling, Head of International and European Affairs department at the Directorate General for Health

France  – Jean-Baptiste Rouffet (alternate member), Department of European and International Affairs, Directorate General for Health

GermanyYvette Shajanian Zarneh, The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) Division “International Relations”

Germany  – Ursula von  Rüden (alternate member), The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA), Division “Research, Quality Assurance”

Greece – Fofo Kalyva, Director of the Non Communicative Diseases & Nutrition Unit of the Directorate of Public Health at the Hellenic Ministry of Health

Greece – Stefania Xenariou (alternate member), University education administrative employee in the Communicative Diseases Unit of the Directorate of Public Health at the Hellenic Ministry of Health

IcelandÁshildur Knútsdóttir, the Ministry of Welfare

Iceland  – Dóra Guðrún Guðmundsdóttir (alternate member), the Directorate of Health

IrelandDr Alan Smith, Department of Health, Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Ireland  – Sandra Barnes (alternate member), Department of Health, Assistant Principal Officer

Ireland  – Teresa Bennett (alternate member), Project Manager/Senior Health, Promotion Officer, Health Services Executive

Italy  – Giovanni Nicoletti (alternate member), Ministry of Health of Italy

Lithuania  – Lina Jaruševičienė, Vice-Minister of Health, Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania

Lithuania – Genovaitė Klimienė (alternate member), Chief Officer , MoH Lithuania, Personal Health Care Department

Lithuania – Gitana Ratkienė (alternate member), Ministry of Health of The Republic of Lithuania, Department of Personal Health, Division of Primary health care and nursing

LuxembourgGuillaume Campagne, Direction de la Santé, Division de la Médecine Préventive

Luxembourg – Simone Steil  (alternate member), Direction de la Santé, Division de la Médecine Préventive

Malta – Paula Vassallo, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Director

Netherlands – Martijn Martena, Ministry of Health, Sports and Welfare 

Netherlands – Damiët M.A. Onderstal, Ministry of Health of the Netherlands

NorwayPetter Øgar, Department of Municipal Health Services,Director General

PolandMrs. Malgorzata Michalska, Head of Senior Health Policy Division, Department of Public Health and Family, Ministry of Health (Poland)

Poland  – Anna Chmielewska (alternate member), Ministry of Health, specialist in the Department of Health Policy

Portugal Estela dos Santos Benvinda, The Directorate-General of Health, Director of Services for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Romania – Alexandra Cucu, Director for Health promotion and evaluation

Romania – Florentina Furtunescu, Associate Professor UMF Carol Davila

Serbia – Ljubica Pakovic, Ministry of Health of Serbia

SlovakiaŠtefan Laššán, Ministry of Health of the Slovak republic, General director of the Department of Health

SloveniaVesna-Kerstin Petric, Ministry of Health

Slovenia  – Pia Vracko (alternate member), National Institute of Public Health

SpainYolanda Agra VarelaDeputy General Director of Quality and Innovation, General Directorate of Public Health, Quality and Innovation, Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Welfare

Sweden Iréne Nilsson Carlsson, Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

United KingdomTim Baxter, Deputy Director, Healthy Behaviours, Department of Health

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) – Michele Cecchini, Principal Administrator (Public Health), ELS – Health Division

World Health Organization (WHO) – Bente Mikkelsen, WHO Regional Office for Europe

World Health Organization (WHO) – Jill Farrington, WHO Regional Office for Europe

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