Tuscany is a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometers and a population of about 3.8 million inhabitants. Regione Toscana (Tuscany Region) is the regional authority and administrative body of the region; it has legislative, administrative, and financial autonomy and is responsible, on a regional level, for issues including education, social issues, healthcare, international cooperation, and the environment.
The Tuscan health system includes three Local Health Authorities and four university hospitals:
• Central Tuscany: Local Health Authorities (Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Empoli)
• Northwest Tuscany: Local Health Authorities (Lucca, Massa e Carrara, Versilia, Pisa and Livorno)
• Southeast Tuscany: Local Health Authorities (Siena, Arezzo and Grosseto)
• University hospital Careggi (Florence)
• University hospital Meyer (Florence)
• University hospital of Pisa
• University hospital of Siena
The health system is the sector to which the region commits the largest share of its budget and organizational structure, and constitutes an infrastructure of services and activities that can generate positive effects throughout the region. It is, in spite of and even more so in a period of economic crisis, a driving force of development for the entire regional economy, in which economic development is seen not as an end in itself but also includes, in a context of sustainability, measures tied to the social sector and the environment. Regione Toscana is also actively involved in the promotion of the Tuscan Life Sciences Cluster for large and small companies operating in the sector.
Regione Toscana has a long-standing tradition of activities to promote wellness, including healthy diets and physical activity. The latest version of Regione Toscana’s multi-year health plan includes a major focus on “health in all policies”, i.e. the promotion of healthy lifestyles across all sectors (urban planning, environment, welfare, transportation, commerce, schools, culture, sport, etc.). The project team will include colleagues in other relevant sectors of the regional government as well as the region’s associated health agencies for specific expertise on obesity; expertise in the management of European projects will also be present.