Strategic plan 2020-2023

We hereby proudly present you the strategic plan of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH) for the period 2020-2023. As a multidisciplinary research institute in which researchers from Amsterdam UMC, de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam join forces, APH forms an important link between intramural clinical care, scientific research, and the extramural care practice in the metropolitan area Amsterdam. Much research performed within APH has the potential to have a direct impact on the society and in practice. This also applies without prejudice in present times in which the COVID-19 outbreak has hit and disrupted our public health and healthcare to its very core. In various fields, our researchers are developing initiatives and asking relevant questions regarding the pandemic and the counter measures that not only provide answers during the crisis, but also after the acute phase when the consequences on the long(er) term become apparent. 

Our strategic plan exudes our credo to continuously produce knowledge in line with societal challenges, healthcare transformations and shifting expectations of civilians, and to effectively harness this knowledge for the public health practice and elsewhere. We consider strong ties between research, practice, and education as crucial conditions for an effective translation of public health research to the society. With our partners inside and outside of the academic world we stimulate state-of-the-art research that contributes to the ever growing health potential of individuals and communities throughout life. This is embedded within our mission: Public Health: health for all, powered by science.

In our plan, we emphasize engaging in new and strengthening existing relationships that contribute to promoting public health for the people of the Amsterdam region. Located in Amsterdam, we witness substantial challenges in terms of public health in our direct surroundings. Amsterdam is one of the biggest cities of Europe and holds an important regional role. Research in the context of Amsterdam is therefore also relevant to other metropolitan areas. The urban context of our research institute offers a large and rich diverse living lab that not only can inspire new research questions and ideas, but also promote the understanding of effective implementation and dissemination among local stakeholders in the field of public health. Think globally, act locally,by testing what is learned elsewhere and by spreading what we learn in Amsterdam across the rest of the world. 

We hope for an inspiring reading experience and are happy to further exchange views when the opportunity presents itself.

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