We collaborate with other public health and social actors on many European and international projects and Joint Actions.
Through our project work, we enable collaboration. We help design policy, drive implementation, and advance research in the field of health inequalities and determinants of health.
Current Projects and Joint Actions
We are part of or support the following projects and Joint Actions
CHAIN is a leading centre and research network for the international study of global health inequalities, based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). It brings together the most prominent researchers in the field of health determinants, civil society and the UN system to advance health inequalities research and reduce the distance between research and other fields.
CHAIN’s purpose is to increase understanding of health inequalities and to research effective policies and practices to protect the health of vulnerable groups and decrease health disparities. By doing so, it produces evidence and tools for policy makers and public health institutes to create effective policies and practices to increase health equity.
In 2018, CHAIN was granted support from the Research Council of Norway under the BEDREHELSE program (2019 – 2024). UNICEF, the International Agency for research on Cancer (IARC), the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), EuroHealthNet and the Global Burden of Disease Study at the University of Washington are major partners in this effort, along with leading researchers in global health inequalities. CHAIN aims to establish a novel approach to the better determination of the causes of health inequalities, their impact on groups such as children and their families, and the identification of best practices for reducing health inequalities in different regions of the world.
Together with UNICEF Norway, EuroHealthNet is leading the work on work package 4; bridging research, policy and practice.
Best-ReMaP is a Europe-wide Joint Action that seeks to contribute to the creation of an environment that ensures healthy food for a healthy future by helping to improve the quality of food supplied to citizens of Europe. It is funded by the European Union’s Health Programme, and implemented by 36 partners in 24 EU Member States, and delivered via collaborative work of seven pan-European teams. Best-ReMaP facilitates the exchange and testing of good practices concerning:
(1) the monitoring and analysis of how the food that people consume changes at the European and national level,
(2) the regulations on the marketing of food and beverages to children,
(3) and the procurement of food by public bodies for educational institutions, social care facilities.
EuroHealthNet is also key partner in the Erasmus+ project “Blueprint alliance for a future hEalth Workforce stratEgy on digital and green skiLLs” (BeWell). The BeWell project (2022-2025) aims to build a movement of healthcare stakeholders which support and contribute to the development, implementation, and upscaling of a strategy on the upskilling and reskilling of the European health workforce. This would entail addressing the skills needed to support the digital and green transition within the health ecosystem at local, regional, national, and ultimately at the European level (through the Pact for Skills).
By addressing the existing skill mismatches and strengthening competencies, the project will enable the health workforce to be better prepared to face future challenges and adapt to ever-evolving societal contexts. To this end, the BeWell project will build comprehensive curricula and training programmes targeting all professionals of the health workforce, including health students, health professionals and professionals of emerging occupations.
EuroHealthNet will strongly support the development of skills intelligence, which amongst others includes the identification and analysis of existing upskilling and reskilling initiatives across the EU. Through that, we will contribute to the blueprint skills strategy by focusing on the inclusion of skills for public health as well as ensuring that the strategy is underpinned by a health and social equity lens. This will also be our focus within the piloted educational and training programmes designed to upskill and reskill health professionals.
The project is being led by the European Health Management Association.
Blue Adapt is a new Horizon Europe project led by the University of Exeter, which will kick off in October 2022. It will investigate the impacts of climate change on coastal waters, and assess and quantify the associated human health risks. Project partners will develop an extended One Health conceptual framework which will link with existing models of ecological public health, and take into account health equity considerations. Seven case studies across Europe will investigate different adaptation options and identify potential facilitators and barriers to actions to reduce human health risks from coastal pathogens. BlueAdapt will develop tools for policymakers and citizens, such as early warning systems and safe swimming apps.
IMMUNION’s purpose is to improve equitable vaccine uptake by strengthening collaboration between healthcare professionals, public health authorities, the media and local communities. IMMUNION will contribute to and complement wider EU vaccination efforts through delivering better education to health professionals and better information to the general public.
- Share validated vaccination training materials and resources with health professionals and students across Europe;
- Strengthen the existing Coalition for Vaccination and its long-term sustainability and visibility;
- Develop and provide training opportunities for health professionals and students on vaccination communication;
- Enhance collaboration between public health institutions, health professionals and the media and foster evidence-based reporting on vaccination;
- Increase understanding of the drivers of vaccine inequalities and address vaccination coverage issues in vulnerable and underserved populations.
Label2Enable (May 2022 – 2024) aims at supporting the development and implementation of the EU quality label for health apps. The project builds on the work on the ISO 82304–2 label (inspired by the EU Energy Label and the Nutri-Score front-of-pack nutrition label), which defines requirements for good quality health and wellness apps that can be used by health professionals and patient/citizen.
The project aims to better inform:
- patients, citizens, and carers who seek to use health apps
- health care professionals who seek to recommend or prescribe apps
- regional and national health care systems who seek to reimburse apps
- regulatory authorities who seek to approve use and reimbursement of apps
The project will foster trust on health apps, helping to identify trustworthy applications that are adequately evaluated against predetermined standards by independent entities. The label should make stand out health apps that are legally compliant, protect doctor-patient confidentiality, and meet data security requirements.
Label2Enable also aims at supporting an equal use of health apps. The use of health apps is indeed not yet inclusive. The biggest Users of such apps are found predominantly among younger, more educated and more eHealth literate populations, leaving others underserved and unaware of the benefits they provide. Label2Enable will engage in social policy and stakeholder engagement to enable all patients, citizens, and carers to (consider to) use apps, thanks to the label, supporting communication and trusted recommendations.
The project will also foster the adoption of the label by health care systems and authorities as well as app stores, app libraries and other sources who (seek to) store apps, with the goal of having a cross country recognition. As a result, successful apps that have already been assessed in one country would become available to other countries, enhancing the health sector in the EU and paving the ground to sustainable, equitable and resilient health ecosystem.
Funded by the Horizon 2020 Research Programme, RIVER-EU is a 5-year (2021-2026) project coordinated by the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). RIVER-EU collects evidence on health system determinants of high and low vaccine uptake in eight specific contexts, which will be used to identify and/or develop interventions to reduce barriers to vaccine uptake in underserved communities and increase trust in the health system.
The PSLifestyle project aims to help close the action gap between climate awareness and individual action, and to increase citizen participation in sustainability topics. It does this by engaging citizens through a digital application to collect, monitor and analyse their environment and consumption data as well as co-research, co-develop, and uptake everyday life solutions for climate change.
Partner locations include:
- Tallinn – Estonia
- Tampere, Turku, Helsinki – Finland
- Athens – Greece
- Wuppertal – Germany
- Milan – Italy
- Porto – Portugal
- Ljubljana – Slovenia
- Izmir – Turkey
Previous Projects and Joint Actions