Hello everybody !

So here I am, settled now at Harvard University, where I will work for a year as the EU’s fellow at the Harvard Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs (WCFIA).

Greetz from John HarvardSince more than 20 years I have been working as an official at the European Commission, where my most recent post was heading Eurostat‘s Unit on statistics on ‘Health and food safety; crime’.

At Eastern 2009 I received confirmation by the European Commission of my selection as the 2009-2010 EU fellow for Harvard University.

After a hectic period of finishing my work in Eurostat and of preparing my move to the USA I arrived in Boston on a hot August day.

And what will be my job here at Harvard ?

At first, the WCFIA’ s fellows group has a specific programme consisting  of presentations of both fellows and faculty members. Each fellow is also preparing an analytical report on a topic of international interest and Harvard Yardin addition, we all have the opportunity to audit courses in the different Harvard faculties and disciplines. The offer is truly… overwhelming and all lectures and courses are of outstanding quality. The greatest difficulty here is keeping track of who will speak when and then……. making your choice !

In between listening to the most famous faculty members and experts, I am preparing a report on the use of health data – in US and EU – for policy purposes, with a special focus on ‘health equalities’. With health care reform as domestic priority number 1 for president Obama, the issue of accessibility and organisation of the US health care system is heavily debated here all over the country.

students at Harvard Yard

Through this blog I will keep you informed of

  • life and events at Harvard
  • the situation in the US on health care reform
  • progress of my report on health data for policy purposes.

and I would welcome any suggestions and comments from your side !



2 Responses to “Hello from Boston”

  1. Ben VH Says:

    Succes Marleen ! Een boeiende periode …

  2. Annika Says:

    Dear Marleen,
    Interesting report. Good luck in the US.

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