The debates about the role of health systems research in health systems reforms and strengthening are entering a crucial next phase. For any new society of health systems professionals to become successful, it will have to be innovative and inclusive: in strategy, methodology and scope. I think this is possible and would like to join forces with others to contribute to such an agenda and help build the innovative coalitions it requires.
My work (as health systems researcher, former Member of Parliament, former director of international NGO Cordaid and current position as director of the Rotterdam Global Health Initiative at Erasmus University) has led me to focus on what it practically requires to cross borders: between the heterogeneous worlds of researchers, or between research and politics. This is the experience I would like to bring to the board.

Godelieve van Heteren

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