Who we are

Addressing the social determinants of health to help build fairer, healthier, and more sustainable communities for all.

EuroHealthNet is a not-for-profit partnership of organisations, agencies and statutory bodies working on public heath, disease prevention, promoting health, and reducing inequalities.

Our Mission:

  • To improve and sustain health between and within European States through action on the social determinants of health.
  • To tackle health inequalities.

EuroHealthNet supports members’ work in EU and associated states through policy and project development, knowledge and expertise exchange, research, networking, and communications.

EuroHealthNet’s vision is of a society, in which all citizens enjoy their fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health, without distinction of race, religion, or economic or social condition.

Achieving this is not simply the responsibility of health care systems, but of all government sectors and actors that contribute to ensuring the conditions for good health, across the population. EuroHealthNet therefore stimulates and supports the implementation of integrated approaches addressing the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health. It operates at all levels and across the political spectrum in relevant health, social and employment fields to help ensure consistent, coherent, and effective action to sustain and improve health for all.

EuroHealthNet believes that investing in health and more equitable societies pays of, and that integrated policy objectives which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals are the best way to achieve improved health, wellbeing, and equity.

The term ‘health’ refers to both physical and mental health, which are interlinked. EuroHealthNet upholds the values of equity, justice, community engagement and empowerment of women and men, which lie at the heart of health promotion.

We work towards:

  • Health systems and societies that move away from narrow, curative conceptions of health and place a greater emphasis on health promotion and on disease prevention.
  • Health systems and governments that recognise that lifestyle related risk factors for bad health are strongly related to the conditions in which people learn, live, work, play, and age- the social determinants of health.
  • Communities that effectively resource health promotion, and that invest in both up- and down-stream approaches to address the social determinants of health and reduce inequalities.

How we work

Based in heart of Brussels’ European quarter, EuroHealthNet brings together partners operating at EU, national, regional, and local levels. This partnership model strengthens the voice of and approaches to health promotion and prevention in the EU, and stimulates action at all levels of government.

The office monitors, influences, analyses, and explains EU policy and action related to health inequalities and determinants. The expertise and experience of the partners is amplified and shared, helping to influence change at European, National, and sub-national levels.

EuroHealthNet also has an important role in facilitating information exchange between partners through study visits, capacity building actions and technical working groups. This helps them to build capacity and knowledge, so they can build on the best that Europe has to offer in the field of public health and health promotion.

Structure

EuroHealthNet seeks to find links and synergies between fields of expertise and sectors, and to stimulate interaction between policy makers, researchers and practitioners.

Many EuroHealthNet activities take place across three platforms covering policy, practice, and research. Close interaction between the platforms, and unification through a core team and activities, ensures that each field builds on the work of the others, and that actions are aligned.

EuroHealthNet has been part of the EU Transparency register since 2009

EuroHealthNet’s funding comes from Member and Partner fees, a core grant from the EU Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI), and co-funded project grants. It continues to try to increase the proportion of funds from direct participation to improve self-governance. We take pride in working in a transparent, ethical, and independent way. This is reflected in the integrity of our work in evidence building, advocacy, and policy development. In 2016-2017, as in previous years, no funding came from private sources. An external accountant prepares annual financial and balance reports, which are then certified by a separate advisory and accounting firm. The General Council checks and approves the financial reports at its annual meeting. The audit reports for 20162015, and 2014 are available online; for previous years, contact EuroHealthNet

EuroHealthNet started receiving a core grant from the EaSI programme in 2014, and in 2016, an external financial audit was carried out on behalf of the EC covering the first year of the funding. This audit was completed quickly and successfully, with no reconciliation required. 

Clear rules and guidelines for procurement, asset and financial management, and risk assessment are well established and set out in the ‘How We Work’ document, available on request.