Projects Deliverables

Current Projects

INHERIT: Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation

The Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation (INHERIT) project is looking at the links between our living, moving or consuming patterns and the environment, our health and equity. This large-scale Horizon 2020 initiative, coordinated by EuroHealthNet, brings together experts from the health, environment and other sectors, including technology, to investigate policies, practices and innovations that can influence our behaviours to achieve a ‘triple win’.

To move towards a healthier, more equitable and environmentally sustainable future, INHERIT aims to:

  • Make more explicit the links between the environment, health, wellbeing, health equity, and our lifestyles and behaviours;

  • Contribute to raising awareness amongst policy makers and the general public about our (un)sustainable lifestyles and behaviours and how they impact the environment, health and health equity;

  • Identify solutions -policies, interventions and innovations- that help make healthy and environmentally sustainable behaviours the easy and attractive ‘default’ option for all, through a range of different sources (literature review, visioning exercise, citizens’ fora);

  • Build the evidence-base regarding cost-effective, good practice models that can be replicated in different contexts;

  • Build capacity and encourage leadership from the health sector to work inter-sectorally with the environment and other sectors;

  • Use the evidence base to advocate, and mobilise key actors to implement the identified solutions, to help achieve Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Health4LGBTI

Health4LGBTI

Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people

Health4LGBTI is an EU funded pilot project aimed at reducing health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) people.

EuroHealthNet is part of the Consortium that under a service contract with the European Commission will explore the health needs and challenges faced by LGBTI people and analyse the key barriers faced by health professionals when providing care for LGBTI people.

The specific objectives of this pilot project are:

  • To gain a better understanding of the specific health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people, focusing in particular on overlapping inequalities stemming from (intentional and unintentional) discrimination and unfair treatment on other grounds (e.g. older, younger, refugee, immigrant, disability, rural, poverty);
  • To gain a better understanding of the barriers faced by health professionals when providing care to these groups;
  • To raise awareness about the needs of LGBTI people and provide healthcare professionals with specific tools to ensure that they have the right skills and knowledge to overcome the identified barriers.

Activities include a state‐of‐the‐art review of the issues, focus group studies in geographically diverse EU Member States (Poland, Italy, UK, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Lithuania), the development and piloting of training module(s) to increase the knowledge, attitudes and skills of healthcare professionals in this context, a final conference and wide dissemination and communication of the results.

The other Consortium partners include AOUI-Verona (Italy, project coordinator), ILGA-Europe, University of Brighton (UK), the National Institute of Public Health – National Institute of Hygiene (Poland).

For further information about the project click here.

VulnerABLE: Improving the health of those in isolated and vulnerable situations

EuroHealthNet is part of the Consortium that under a service contract with the European Commission will explore how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations across Europe. The project targets specific vulnerable and isolated populations such as children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds; those living in rural/isolated areas; those with physical, mental and learning disabilities or poor mental health; the long-term unemployed; the inactive; the ‘in-work poor’; older people; victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence; people with unstable housing situations (the homeless); and prisoners.

Due to their circumstances, these groups may be more at risk of poor health and/or face barriers in accessing healthcare services. The project will assess their particular health needs and challenges, as well as identify best practices to support them and ultimately improve their health.

Over its two-year lifetime, the ‘VulnerABLE’ project will involve:

  • Interviews with individuals and organisations who work first-hand in the field of health inequalities (such as the World Health Organisation and local authority networks);
  • Detailed research into the health needs of people in isolated and vulnerable situations, including a face-to-face survey and in-depth focus groups with them;
  • Bringing together the leading thinkers in this area and enabling them to contribute to future strategies to prevent isolation and vulnerability;
  • Training materials and capacity-building workshops for national and regional authorities who are active in delivering healthcare services and who have a vital role to play in tackling health inequalities;
  • Regular news updates, direct communication with experts and a one-day conference to spread awareness of the project’s findings amongst national and regional authorities; public health experts; health professionals; and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

You can find more information about the project here.

Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA)

RARHA, funded by the European Union under the second EU Health Programme, is a 3 years action aiming at supporting Member States to take forward work on common priorities in line with the EU Alcohol Strategy and strengthen Member States’ capacity to address and reduce the harm associated with alcohol. 

The aims of the Joint Action are to strengthen the knowledge base by improving access to comparable data on drinking levels and patterns and related harms and to foster the use of common and cost-effective approaches to inform and raise awareness on drinking patterns and alcohol related harms.  The Joint Action will produce tools to support action and public health policy planning to address alcohol as a key determinant of health and contributor to health inequalities.

  • For more information about RARHA - click here
  • To access the newsletter elaborated by the Joint Action, click here

European Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (CHRODIS-JA)

The new European Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (CHRODIS-JA) aims to promote and facilitate a process of exchange and transfer of good practices between European countries and regions, addressing chronic conditions, with a specific focus on health promotion and prevention of chronic conditions, multi-morbidity and diabetes. Health promotion and prevention will focus on behavioural risk factor, social determinants and inequalities in health.

EuroHealthNet leads on dissemination and co-leads, along with its German Member – The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) - a work strand that focusses on the identification, selection and implementation of good practices in this field.

This Joint Action is part of the EU Health programme 2008-2013 aiming to include projects that aim to contribute to increase healthy life years and to promote healthy ageing. 

  • For more information about CHRODIS - click here.
  • To access CHRODIS leaflet, click here (English)
  • To access CHRODIS leaflet, click here (Italian)

Previous Projects

AFE-INNOVNET

The aim of AFE-INNOVNET is to set up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities and other relevant stakeholders across the EU who want to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments across the EU.

Project activities include:

  • Mobilising a wide range of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders (industry, SME, academic, civil society) to work together to promote initiatives on age-friendly environments across the EU.
  • Developing methodologies to help local and regional authorities to assess the socio-economic impact of age-friendly environments.
  • Developing a repository of notable and replicable practices in ICT and services and facilitate pilot projects.
  • Launching an EU Covenant on Demographic Change to create a framework to ensure a more formal and long-term movement towards age-friendly environments. Local and regional authorities will be mobilised to join. The covenant is inspired by the existing covenant on sustainable energy.

 

Irohla

Irohla

EuroHealthNet was part of the FP7 project - IROHLA, which aims to take stock of on-going health literacy programmes and projects. It made use of knowledge and experience of programmes in other sectors (e.g. private and social sectors) to be applied to the health sector. The project identified, validated and presented a set of max 20 interventions, which together constitute a comprehensive approach for addressing health literacy needs of the ageing population in Europe. These interventions have been part of an evidence-based guideline for policy and practice for local, regional and national government authorities to start action. The project involved representatives of the ageing population, academia, all levels of governments, the business community and other stakeholders to ensure that feasibility, usefulness and effectiveness of the selected interventions. 

Access to the policy briefs produced by Irohla

  • Making healthy ageing a reality - A comprehensive approach to health literacy - Here
  • Health literacy in the older population - How it can contribute to sustainable health systems - Here
  • Health literacy for healthy ageing - Here

More information on Irohla – click here

Quality Action

Quality Action

Quality Action aims to increase the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Europe by using practical Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) tools. Quality Action develops and adapts QA/QI tools especially for use in HIV prevention. The project will train at least 60 trainers and facilitators to support at least 80 HIV prevention programs and projects across the EU that will be applying the QA/QI tools. Each country selects key people to be trained as part of the project. The HIV prevention projects or programs to apply the QA/QI tools are also selected and organised on the local level. Quality Action will provide a ‘participation guide’ to assist partners with getting involved. Based on the results of these pilot applications of QA/QI tools, the project will create a ‘Charter for Quality in HIV Prevention’ with agreed quality principles and criteria to assess and improve quality. A Policy Kit will promote the integration of QA/QI into HIV prevention strategies, policies and action plans at the European, Member State and Regional levels.

For more information about the Quality Action - click here

Equity Action

Equity Action

A Joint Action was a project funded within the EU Public Health Action Programme which is for participating Member States only and their nominated representative partners. The challenge for this Joint Action was to assist the Member States to develop tools to better enable health inequalities to be addressed in cross-government policy making, to access the evidence, and to engage with key stakeholders especially regions. Much of the work is mapping and consensus building and is a practical approach to taking forward the EU Communication, building on earlier work on Health Impact Assessments (HIA), Health in All Policies (HiAP), and modeling. The project will develop a common understanding of a Health in All Policies approach, and its application at EU, MS and sub-national level. EuroHealthNet is involved in the establishment of a regional network which will identify through a case study approach the focus, information, resources, drivers, opportunities and barriers to regional action on HI, and access to structural funds. Recommendations will be made to inform the future application of structural funds.

EuroHealthNet members were involved throughout the project and EuroHealthNet leads a work package on engaging stakeholders. The Joint Action was coordinated by the Health Action Partnership International.

More information can be found on the website.

Crossing Bridges

Crossing Bridges

The 'Crossing Bridges' project funded by DG SANCO aimed to advance the implementation of Health in all Policies (HiAP) approaches in EU Member States. It contributes to the development of practical tools that are required to turn HiAP theory into practice and to make progress on the implementation of HiAP in Europe. Firstly it investigated specific examples of inter-sectorial collaboration to determine what methodologies can be drawn out and developed. Two focus areas (Education and Transport) have been identified for more in depth analysis. Secondly, the project developed the capacities of national and regional Institutes of Public Health to implement HiAP. An assessment to analyse needs and existing practice was undertaken, and an interactive training workshop developed for partners and national trainers on the basis of the outcomes of the assessments and incorporating the methodologies.

More information can be found on the website .

DETERMINE

DETERMINE

DETERMINE (2007-2010), was an EU wide initiative to stimulate action to address the social and economic determinants of health (SDH) and to improve health equity in the EU and its Member States.  It brought together a Consortium of health bodies, public health and health promotion institutes, governments and various other nongovernmental, professional and academic organizations and networks from 26 European countries. Achieving equal opportunities for health and strong health outcomes for everyone in society, and leveling up the health gradient is an ambitious and complex goal that cannot be achieved by the health sector alone, but is a shared responsibility across sectors. This requires exchanging knowledge and building capacities at the organisational level and across government to e.g. raise awareness and build partnerships.

DETERMINE was co-funded by the EC Public Health Action Programme and coordinated by EuroHealthNet in collaboration with the National Institute for Public Health in the Czech Republic.

Drivers

Drivers

The DRIVERS project addressed the strategic Determinants to Reduce health Inequity Via 1) Early childhood development, 2) Realising fair employment, and 3) Social protection. The research reviewed evidence and the methods to assess the impact of policies and programmes in these three areas relating to health inequities, it developed new methods and evidence, and provided policy recommendations and advocacy guidance.

More information is available on the DRIVERS pages.

SPREAD

SPREAD

This FP7 funded project aims to create scenarios of sustainable lifestyles in 2050 focusing on sustainable living, moving, consuming and healthy living. It will develop a roadmap with a timeline on how to achieve sustainable lifestyles. Knowledge and information on sustainable lifestyles will be shared and transferred through an on-line platform for stakeholders that will host an ongoing dialogue open to the public. Based on the findings and results of the project, a research agenda for EC policy makers on how to facilitate the shift towards more sustainable lifestyles will be developed although not necessarily adopted. EuroHealthNet is contributing to the work on healthy lifestyles. The project is coordinated by UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production in Germany.

More information can be found on the SPREAD website.

Gradient

Gradient

The European Union (EU) runs numerous funding programmes, administered by the European Commission (EC), its executive body. In research, the current programme operating funding until 2013 is the seventh in the series, and is known as the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The GRADIENT project, which has concluded in early 2012, has undertaken research on social gradients in health inequalities among families and children. It also aims to influence policy makers in taking necessary steps to reduce the health gradient. It does this by addressing the knowledge gap that exists regarding the types of policies that are effective in leveling up the gradient. It was coordinated by EuroHealthNet and several members and other experts were research partners.

More information can be found on the website .