Student Health Care Forum

Kela will take on two new responsibilities on 1 January 2021: arranging health services for students and collecting fees for health care.

Due to the scope of the effort, and to support the transition and ensure the smooth flow of information, Kela has set up a Student Health Care Forum to manage the transition in cooperation with various stakeholders and partners.

Some of the topics which the forum will discuss and engage with include the following:

  •  supporting the preliminary phase of the implementation task assigned to Kela
  •  handling communications in connection with the transition and during the implementation of the law
  •  reviewing the student health care provider network
  •  collecting fees for health care and providing fee-related services
  •  sustaining cooperation and understanding across organisational boundaries - exchange of information
  •  monitoring and developing the services from a client perspective

The current term of the Forum runs from 1 October 2019 to 31 December 2022.

Chairperson
Reija Jääskeläinen, Head of Centre of Expertise, Kela

Secretary
Mari Stenberg, Senior Coordinator, Kela

Members

  • Member: Katariina Poskiparta, Managing Director, FSHS Finnish Student Health Service
    Deputy member: Päivi Metsäniemi, Medical Director, FSHS Finnish Student Health Service
  • Member: Annika Stadius, Head of Student Services, Arene, The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences/Arcada University of Applied Sciences
  • Member: Päivi Laakkonen, Student Welfare Officer, Arene, The Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences/Karelia University of Applied Sciences
  • Member: Pirkko Vartiainen, Professor, Universities Finland UNIFI/University of Vaasa
  • Member: Saara Maalismaa, Manager, Student Services, Universities Finland UNIFI/Aalto University
  • Member: Arja Ruponen Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
  • Member: Petra Pieskä, Social Policy Adviser, National Union of University Students in Finland
    Deputy member: Sakari Tuomisto, Social Policy Adviser, National Union of University Students in Finland
  • Member: Ninni Kuparinen, Wellbeing Policy Adviser, SAMOK - Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
    Deputy member: Jenna Jourio, Member of Board, SAMOK - Union of Students in Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Member: Johanna Jahnukainen, Development manager, Finnish institute for health and welfare
  • Member: Piia Kuusisto, Head of Section, Kela
  • Member: Emmi Lehtonen, Team Manager, Kela
    Deputy member: Mari Jaakkola, Legal Counsel, Kela