EuroHealthNet Annual Report 2017-18

Making An Impact

EuroHealthNet overview


EuroHealthNet is a not-for-profit partnership of organisations, agencies and statutory bodies working on public health, promoting health, preventing disease, and reducing inequalities. EuroHealthNet supports members’ work through policy and project development, knowledge and expertise exchange, research, networking, and communications.


Our mission is to help build healthier communities and tackle health inequalities within and between European States.


In 2016 EuroHealthNet developed the REJUVENATE statement and framework. They examine how modern health promotion approaches can contribute to the UN 2030 agenda including the Sustainable Development Goals. The framework is made up of ten ways to promote health in a rapidly changing world which will create a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable future.

Highlights of the year:
making an impact

Building capacities amongst members and the broader public health community to improve health and reduce health inequalities.


  • Three Country Exchange Visits in Berlin (health equity), Stockholm (mental health and suicide prevention) and Athens (health of migrants and refugees)
  • Four workshops on improving access to health services for people in vulnerable situations, in Lisbon, Prague, Cardiff, and Venice
  • Two conferences in Brussels, including one on health for LGBTI people 

Facilitating collaboration between health and social bodies across Europe, and the exchange of knowledge and good practice.  

  • Organising a seminar, this year on tackling health inequalities in a fast changing world and publishing a Call for Action.
  • Organising the first plenary of the European Public Health Conference on the need to strengthen the social dimension of health.

Strengthening the evidence base, and putting evidence to work.

Collecting more than 100 promising practices and a policy route map for healthy, fair and sustainable societies in 2040.

Analysing the impact of changing policy landscapes on health and social equity and supporting the implementation of effective policies.

Reporting policy developments in the Health Highlights newsletter, contributing to and advocating for the European Pillar of Social Rights, and raising awareness nationally.

Monitoring policies and advocating for health and social equity at European and national levels.

  • Analysing the EU Semester – the EU’s macro-economic policy cycle – and how it relates to health. 
  • Responding to key EU policy consultations on vaccination, long term employment, EU budgets, and more. 
  • Presenting two statements on health and sustainability at the WHO Regional Committee meeting in Copenhagen.

Making crucial links between sectors, policies, organisations and people for unified and dynamic progress.

  • Taking part in high level conferences on digital health, alcohol, and social protection.
  • Producing Policy Précis on gender, health information systems and mHealth. 
  • Producing a video on the causes of good health.

Welcome to EuroHealthNet

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to this annual report highlighting EuroHealthNet’s activities and achievements between June 2017 and 2018. As such, it showcases our work on practice, policy, and research in what has proven to be a very productive year. While we take pride in the quality and diversity of that output, its value also depends on the impact it makes. 

That impact was subject to an external evaluation that was concluded this year. To make the relevance of our efforts come alive for you as a reader you will find various quotes and references based on the outcome of that evaluation throughout this report.

Our work on practice supports cross-national learning and the implementation of effective strategies, programmes and initiatives. As of June 2017 our practice platform is also open to associate members. This year, our quest to advance equitable health in and across Europe included dedicated work to improve the health needs of people in vulnerable situations, migrants and refugees, people with mental ill health, and the LGBTI community. We also kicked off our co-leading role on health promotion in the EU’s second Joint Action on chronic diseases (CHRODIS+) and contributed to WHO’s Coalition of Partners to strengthen essential public health services and capacities across the WHO European Region.

Many European policies that impact on health and health inequalities lie outside the health domain. One of our core tasks is to support our members understand those policies and maximise the opportunities they provide to advance health in their own country or locality. We also bring members’ expertise to European tables. Our policy work is all about analysing, advocating, translating, and building two-way bridges across policy areas and governance levels.  Our various activities relating to the EU Pillar on Social Rights that EU leaders agreed to enact in the autumn of 2017 are a very good example of this. 

Policy and practice should be underpinned by sound knowledge and evidence. Our ambition is to stay on top of the latest developments, and to help generate new knowledge and innovation where possible. The INHERIT project is at its midway point and already producing concrete and ground-breaking results at the interface of sustainable living, moving, and consuming. We are also taking forward a major piece of research on health inequalities in European welfare states (HINEWS). This was shared with a large audience of public health researchers at the European Public Health Conference in Stockholm where EuroHealthNet organised a plenary session on the need to strengthen the social dimension of the EU. Like the seminar we organised in Helsinki on innovative collaboration between health and social sectors, this event reflects how our policy, practice and research activities mutually reinforce each other.

Good health and wellbeing is a precursor to cohesion, stability and economic growth, and is inseparable from social and economic conditions. As the EU prepares for crucial decisions about its new multiannual financial framework and future role of in health, we will continue to make the case for health equity and support efforts to build healthier communities across Europe. Over the years we have established strong links across policy areas at EU level, and our REJUVENATE framework on promoting health and wellbeing towards 2030 will operate as an inspirational compass. 

It is our members, associate members and staff that make EuroHealthNet the strong and unique organisation it is today. We are very grateful to them, to the Executive Board and of course to the European Commission for its financial support via the EaSI programme. We look forward to the future, inviting you to join us, so together we can further advance equitable health in Europe.

Nicoline Tamsma, President
Caroline Costongs, Director
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Nicoline Tamsma, President
Mojca Gabrijelčič Blenkuš- Vice President
Malcolm Ward - Treasurer
Birger Carl Forsberg
Ineta Zirina
José Maria Albuquerque
Prof. Mirosław J. Wysocki
Dr. Paolo Stocco

EuroHealthNet in Numbers

participants at events organised by EuroHealthNet in nine countries
100% participants rated EuroHealthNet General Council meeting and Seminar in Helsinki positively 76% rated it ‘excellent’
members, associate members, and observers
presentations made and events moderated
external meetings attended in 2017
press releases sent to thousands of people across Europe
increase in magazine readership
social media followers
Country exchange visits
to Germany, Sweden, and Greece
in the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, and the UK, and for the VulnerABLE project
policy briefings and consultation responses
website views

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