The Capsules

The Capsules

A new training concept to deliver quality training

In 2019, WE Health has created a new concept: The Capsules.

They will help to scale the WE Health activities while reaching out to new regions thanks to the collaboration with new partners: Medical University of Lodz (Poland), University of Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble Ecole de Management (France), La Caixa Foundation (Spain) and Glintt company (Portugal).

A WE Health Capsule is a one-day workshop on a particular topic, providing women the opportunity to be involved in a day full of inspirational talks, case discussions, idea generation and exchange of experience in health innovation focusing on the role women are playing and how their value creation can be enhanced.  

8 th May - Women Empowerment Day

On May 8th, the Medical University of Lodz hosted the first capsule of WE Health aimed at young women, students in different health professions

The Women Empowerment Day gathered a large group of enthusiastic young women, future health professionals, exposing them to new ideas and insights in terms of knowledge and skills development meeting with inspirational female speakers from different health-related fields.

At the onset, Lucyna Woźniak MUL’s Vice-Rector for Research and International Relations shared her personal experience in becoming a leader in research and education, followed by Dorota Kilanska inspiring all the participants by relating her success story of implementing the international regulation for nursing in Poland. Magda Rosenmöller from IESE took them on a journey into the world of dancing, for lessons on co-creative leadership. Finally, participants learned to about Design Thinking Methodology in a workshop led by Magdalena Wrzesińska from MUL

19th June-UB - WeNURSE: Unconventional Entrepreneurs in Health

In this one-day workshop undergraduate, postgraduate, master and doctoral women students in nursing were invited to create innovative solutions for challenges related to ICTUS. In a day full of inspirational talks, participants were introduced to several methodologies to co-create solutions together with citizens and different stakeholders. Two ICTUS associations (Child Hemiparesis Association and Barcelona ICTUS Foundation) interacted with participants to identify better solutions.

 

Why is it important to empower women to innovate in nursing?

Focusing on empowering women in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship within healthcare, nursing is a profession dominated by women. The innovative and entrepreneurial potential of nursing needs to be highlighted: nurses have broad knowledge and holistic vision of care provision while working on the frontline with patients, families, and communities. In their interdisciplinary work, they interact with all different actors. Being present in all moments of a patient's life, they are the best to identify and understand patients’ needs and look for solutions.

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The Hacking Health Hackathon addressing the topic of Female Health took place from the 2nd to the 4th of November in Berlin.

In September 1995, countries gathered in Bejing for the 4th World Congress for women, organised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The outcome of this meeting was the Beijing Declaration, a resolution adopted by the UN to promote equality and the empowerment of women.

The word health is mentioned four times in the declaration, emphasising the correlation of access to equal health care and the ability to manage one’s own reproductive health, to equality and female empowerment.

So how can we raise awareness of the inequality that now exists in Europe? WE Health, an initiative to empower women entrepreneurs in health innovation, in order to create a more equal healthcare industry, participated in a Hacking Health hackathon in Berlin focusing on women’s health. WE Health provided mentors to the teams and members of the jury.

Hacking Health is a global movement to improve healthcare by breaking down barriers to innovation. This was the first time the hackathon “Hacking for Health” had received so many female participants. 75% of the “hackers” were women, underlining the importance of such events.

The challenges were associated with different aspects of women’s health, such as breast cancer, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, mental health, and geriatric medicine; with each team free to pick their challenge. The winning team was PeriPower - “The next generation of disposable adult incontinence briefs with embedded sensor layer in combination with an adaptive bedside communication”.

Events of this kind are crucial to helping raise awareness of issues related to women's health, and giving women health entrepreneurs platforms to meet and practice their skills while growing their networks. The WE Health team was delighted to have formed part of this event.

For more insights into the event and to explore the winning teams in more detail visit Hacking Health Berlin on Facebook or Twitter.