Campaigning

EuroHealthNet participates in the implementation of several European projects and programmes launched by the European Commission (DG SANCO, DG Research and DG Employment) and by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

Healthy ageing is about optimising opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life.

Ageing is not necessarily a burden, and it does not necessarily decrease a person's ability to contribute to society: older people can make valuable and important contributions to society, and enjoy a high quality of life. But this depends on treating ageing as an opportunity rather than a burden, and taking a so-called 'assets-based approach'.

Only by concentrating on what people can do, rather than what they cannot, can strategies and political decisions be taken which help create the right conditions to promote healthy behaviours amongst older people and provide the necessary opportunities for regular physical activity, healthy diets, fulfilling social relations, participation in meaningful activities and financial security.

By showcasing practical examples of health promotion interventions, identifying initiatives in the European Union, and making available key resources about healthy ageing, EuroHealthNet hopes that healthyageing.eu builds awareness of the steps required to make healthy ageing a reality.

EuroHealthNet is keen to develop partnerships with those who are interested in evidence-based health promotion policy and practice to achieve healthy ageing for all.

To access EuroHealthNet’s portal on Healthy Ageing, click here

European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP – AHA)

EuroHealthNet is an active partner of the European Innovation Partnership on Healthy and Active Ageing (EIP AHA) and focuses on innovation for age-friendly buildings, cities and environments. EuroHealthNet has an important role in creating the links with other EU policy areas and in promoting WHO guidelines and evidence based policy recommendations. We support the creation of an EU covenant on demographic change and enable the necessary political and technical framework to bring together local and regional authorities and other stakeholders across the EU. EuroHealthNet identifies smart and innovative initiatives to facilitate exchanges and disseminate knowledge and information which support active and healthy ageing and the development of age-friendly environments.

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is a pilot initiative which brings together key stakeholders (end users, public authorities, industry); all actors in the innovation cycle, from research to adoption (adaptation), along with those engaged in standardisation and regulation. The Partnership provides these actors with a forum in which they can cooperate, united around a common vision that values older people and their contribution to society, identify and overcome potential innovations barriers and mobilise instruments.

More information on healthy ageing on EuroHealthNet information portal – click here

More information on the European Innovation partnership on healthy and Active Ageing (EIP – AHA) – click here

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), physical and social environments are key determinants of whether people can remain healthy, independent and autonomous long into their old age. Creating age-friendly environments is therefore one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. To support this approach, EuroHealthNet is involved in the AFE-INNOVNET thematic network on innovation for age-friendly environments (AFE) aims. The project is funded under the European Commission ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP).

  • Mobilise a wide range of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders – industries, research centres, universities, civil society organizations – to link up, benefit from each other’s experience and work together to promote initiatives on age-friendly environments across Europe.
  • Develop methodologies to help local and regional authorities assess the socioeconomic impact of age-friendly environments and the benefits of involving older people in the co-production of age-friendly environments solutions;
  • Develop a repository of notable and replicable practices in innovative solutions for age-friendly environments with associated socio-economic evidence.
  • Launch an EU Covenant on Demographic Change to create the necessary political and technical framework to bring together in a more formal and long-term structure local and regional authorities – and other stakeholders - across Europe, using the model of the existing Covenant of Mayors on sustainable energy.

More information about AFE-INNOVNET – click here

EuroHealthNet is a partner of the 2014-15 Healthy Workplaces Campaign ‘Manage Stress’. The campaign, ran by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), wants to draw attention to the importance of tackling stress in the workplace.

Stress is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem, which is why its management and prevention is the focus of this year’s campaign. The human suffering caused by stress is immense and the financial costs are substantial. Therefore the benefits of tackling it are wide-reaching, as the three representatives underlined. Commissioner Andor praised the effort and resources which have gone into the campaign saying that this will ‘pay dividends for both workers and businesses and in turn benefit the competitiveness of the EU economy and European society as a whole’.

EuroHealthNet actively works on health equity through fairer employment and working conditions through DRIVERS project. Work represents a source of income and social protection, helps determine social status, expands access to social networks, and exposes a person to different types of physical and psycho-social stresses. It is central to many Europeans’ lives and has the potential to significantly affect health at the individual and population level.

Through the 2014-2015 Healthy Workplaces Campaign “Manage Stress”, EuroHealthNet intends to proactively work on the issue and to disseminate the outcomes of the campaign.

  • For more information on the Healthy Workplaces Campaign ‘Manage Stress’, click here
  • For more information on the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), click here
Programme for Employment and Social Innovation – EaSI

The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is a European-level financing instrument to promote a high level of quality and sustainable employment, guaranteeing adequate and decent social protection, combating social exclusion and poverty and improving working conditions.

In the framework of EaSI, EuroHealthNet:

  • Generates, analyses and exchanges evidence about the links between health and other policy areas and thereby contributes to the knowledge base required to effectively and efficiently combat poverty and social exclusion;
  • Develops case studies, tests pilot projects and promotes examples of effective, adequate and sustainable cross-sectoral approaches to reduce health inequities.
  • Provides policy advice, promotes policy learning and builds the capacity of member agencies to facilitate the implementation of relevant elements of the Social Investment Package
  • Actively encourages EU Member States and regions to adopt and upscale these innovative policies and practices, with the direct contribution of our members and through the European Semester process;
  • Uses communication platforms to bring together stakeholders and bodies working in relevant sectors to positively influence the social and economic determinants of health and help improve health equity
  • Promotes policy recommendations to all relevant policy-makers and stakeholders at EU, national and regional level.

More about EaSI – click here