Special chair in Health Disparities and Person-Centred Integrated Primary Care

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Maria van den Muijsenbergh has been appointed to the special chair in Health Disparities and Person-Centred Integrated Primary Care with effect from 1 August 2017.

She will work at the Department of Primary and Community Care at Radboud university medical center one day a week. The special chair was made possible by Pharos (Dutch Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities).
Maria van den Muijsenbergh (Heerlen, 1956) obtained her medical degree cum laude from Leiden University. In 2001 she was awarded her PhD by the same institution, for her research on palliative care by general practitioners. She has worked as a general practitioner herself since 1984, first in Leiden and in Nijmegen since 1996. She has also served as a senior researcher and advisor at Pharos since 2007.

Van den Muijsenbergh spent a long time working at Heyendael University Health Centre in Nijmegen, which is a GP practice that caters to migrants and socially vulnerable patients. This led her to found Praktijk Buitenzorg, which provides social and medical care to homeless people and undocumented migrants in Nijmegen. In addition to being a GP, she is also a senior researcher and university lecturer at Radboud university medical center’s Department of Primary and Community Care. Van den Muijsenbergh contributes to various initiatives, such as the Wereldvrouwenhuis foundation (a shelter for the empowerment of homeless female migrants), Netwerkoverleg Vluchtelingen Nijmegen (a network for refugees in Nijmegen) and the Nijmegen food bank. In 2006 she received the Corrie Hermann Award from the Dutch Female Doctors Association VNVA for her unwavering commitment to improving the position of vulnerable individuals.

Professor Van den Muijsenbergh (within the theme of: Healthcare improvement science) will work at the Department of Primary and Community Care, which is focused on person-centred care, on connecting general practice with public health and on providing care for vulnerable elderly people.The purpose of the special chair is to generate and share knowledge about effective person-centred, integrated primary care for low-skilled workers and migrants with the aim of minimising ethical and socioeconomic health disparities.


Pharos is the national centre of expertise on health disparities. With the aim of ensuring health and quality of care for all, Pharos applies its knowledge to reduce preventable health disparities and to increase the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of health care for low-skilled workers and migrants in the long term.

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