Societal outreach

Our department aims to be a dynamic, low-threshold centre of excellence for the society at large.

In close collaboration with all societal actors, we apply our expertise towards the development, implementation and promotion of measures and initiatives to improve the health of all individuals, regardless of their socio-economic background, sex, religion, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation.

Based on the nature of interaction with our stakeholders, we operate in 5 priority domains:

  • Strategic partnerships in public health and primary care
  • Lobby and advocacy for public health and primary care
  • Public health and primary care awareness raising
  • Involvement in public health and primary care
  • University development cooperation


Societal outreach Prof. Sara Willems

  • Member of Flemish Working Group ‘cervical cancer screening’  (2013-current)
  • European Representative WONCA Special Interest Group Equity (2014-current)
  • Member of scientific advisory board for the national Health Interview Survey (2000 – current)
  • President of Community Health Center Watersportbaan Gent (2009-current)


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