Ştefania is a researcher and policy analyst focused on understanding the effects of demographic aging on health and social policy in Europe, including patterns of use of care among the elderly.
Ştefania believes we need to improve access to affordable and high quality care for people living with dementia and their families by prioritizing equity and fairness in all resource allocation decisions. Care and support should be available to those who most need it, rather than to those who can most easily afford it.
Her research focuses on highlighting persistent discrimination and inequity in access to health and long-term care, with particular attention to intersecting inequalities and vulnerable population groups. Through this work, she aims to inform policies for health and social care systems in Europe and beyond.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Ştefania gained a deeper appreciation of the enormous challenges of inequity in brain health and access to care. She also connected with an international and multi-disciplinary network of allies and collaborators, whose insights and support are invaluable.
The growing prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant challenges for the sustainability of health and social care systems and the wellbeing of communities, families and individuals. Particularly in LMICs, disadvantaged communities are extremely vulnerable to the impact of dementia.
Ştefania received a master’s degree in Public Management from Bocconi University and holds a PhD in Health Economics. She is a senior researcher at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna (UN affiliated) and regularly consults for the WHO, the World Bank and the European Commission.