Prof. Dr. Maria van den Muijsenbergh is general practitioner for 40 years and professor in Health disparities and person centred integrated primary care at the department of Primary and Community care at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and at Pharos, the Dutch centre of expertise on health disparities. She is also the chair of the European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC). As such her research, teaching and policy activities focus on the possible contribution of primary care in reducing existing socio-economic and ethnic health disparities, and how (primary) care best can be tailored to the needs of socially vulnerable patients, like migrants or persons with limited health literacy. To achieve equity, a strong personcentred, population oriented integrated primary care is required, involving interprofessional collaboration between healthcare, social care, public health and civil society.
She is member of several health policy organisations as the Dutch health Council and the quality council of the Dutch National healthcare Institute and the scientific committee of the WHO Healthy cities programme.