Our Results: Practice

Country Exchange Visits

The country exchange visits stimulate exchange and dialogue on topical issues. Senior staff from EuroHealthNet Member organisations visit other countries and organisations to examine how they approach different issues. The visits are co-organised by EuroHealthNet and their members.

Summary reports from many of the past visits can be downloaded by clicking on the links below, with full details available in the members section of the website.

Past country exchange visits

All details related to the study visits are available in the Members' section

  • The promotion of psycho-social health: multidisciplinary, integrated and institutional approaches to prevent violent behaviours and support victims of violence, hosted by The Directorate for Citizenship Rights and
    Social Cohesion of the Region of Tuscany, Italy, October 2019 
  • Promoting Healthy Diets amongst children, hosted by the Austrian Health Promotion Foundation (FGÖ), October 2019
  • Health Inequalities, de-institutionalisation and social inclusion of people with chronic diseases and mental ill health, hosted by the Bulgarian National Centre of Public Health and Analyses in Sofia (NCPHA), November 2018
  • Giving all young children a healthy start: an exchange on evidence-based interventions, hosted by Santé Publique France in Saint-Maurice, France, June 2018
  • Migrant and refugee health, hosted by Prolepsis, December 2017
  • Approaches to suicide prevention and Mental Health Promotion in Stockholm and in the European Union, Hosted by Stockholm County Council: Health Care Services and the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental lll-Health (NASP), October 2017
  • Health Equity and the Preventive Care Act in Germany, hosted by BZgA, October 2017
  • Policy and practice on health in all policies, hosted by Riga City Council, April 2017
  • Cross-sector collaboration for healthy and active ageing (.pdf), hosted by NIJZ, the Slovenian national institute of Public health, July 2016
  • Sustainable Development approaches to health and health equity hosted by Public Health Wales, June 2016
  • The development, implementation and maintenance of Health Promotion Offices (HPOs) hosted by the Hungarian National Institute for Health Development (NEFI), in November 2015
  • Health and social equity: knowledge, capability, and commitment hosted by Vastra Goteland Regional Council, in association with the National Institute of Public Health for Sweden and SALAR, the Swedish Association of Municipalities and Local Authorities, in October 2015
  • Intersectoral approaches for active and healthy ageing hosted by the Tuscany Region, in October 2014
  • Advocacy for Health Equity hosted by The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) in October 2014
  • Occupational Safety and Health and Health Promotion Approaches in the workplace hosted by Prolepsis, Athens in December 2013
  • National and Regional Strategies on Health Promotion and Social Inclusion of Young People hosted by The North of England EU Health Partnership, Lancaster in November 2013.
  • How to better connect communication strategies for health at International, European, National, regional and local levels hosted by EuroHealthNet in Brussels, in June 2013.
  • Innovative Health Promotion Approaches for Rural (excluded or isolated) Communities, hosted by the Institute of Public Health Murska Sobota, Slovenia, in December 2012
  • National and regional strategies on healthy ageing hosted by BZGA (Germany), in November 2012
  • Experiences and best practices on equality data analysis, equitable access to services and health promotion as a driver of social inclusion hosted by NHS Health Scotland, Edinburgh, in November 2011.
  • The prevention of mental health issues hosted by the Flemish Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Brussels/Gent, in October 2011.

 

Capacity Building Seminars

Capacity building seminars are an opportunity to update members about the EC agendas in the fields of employment, social inclusion and health and to highlight the activities implemented with the support of the Progress programme.

Detailed documents relating to the seminars can be found in the members section- or contact the EuroHealthNet office for more information.

Past seminars
  • Sustainable Societies: Health and Social Investment in the EU (2016)
  • Current public health priorities in the EU and at national levels (2015)
  • The EU and WHO programmes relevant to the fight against health inequalities; and on the funding available at EU and other levels to support these programmes (2013)
  • The European Semester and the entry points for health reforms based on equity and sustainability as well as the need to strengthen public health capacity in the EU. (2012)
  • The wider range of social inequities and related determinants having an impact on health, and on the synergies and links between them. (2011)

Funds for Health

EuroHealthNet runs a help desk for Members and associate members who are interested in using structural and investment funds for health equity. It also helped develop the Structural Funds Guidance Tool for Health equity. Full details can be found at health-inequalities.eu

Joint Actions

Health promotion Europe coordinates or participates in EU co-funded Joint Actions and projects that support the networks core objectives. Current and past actions include

Joint Action on implementing good practices for chronic diseases (CHRODIS+)

It has been estimated that chronic diseases cost EU economies €115 billion or 0.8% of GDP annually. CHRODIS+ (2017-2020) will contribute to the reduction of this burden during its 36 months of operation by promoting the implementation of policies and practices with demonstrated success.

This Joint Action will raise the awareness that in a health-promoting Europe - free of preventable chronic diseases, premature death and avoidable disability - initiatives on chronic diseases should build on four cornerstones:

  • health promotion and primary prevention as a way to reduce the burden of chronic diseases,
  • patient empowerment,
  • tackling functional decline and quality of life as the main consequences of chronic diseases,
  • making health systems sustainable and responsive to the ageing of our populations associated with the epidemiological transition.

CHRODIS+ is a high level response from EU countries to step up together and share good practices to alleviate the burden of chronic diseases. 42 participating institutions from 18 EU countries plus Norway, Serbia and Iceland are working together to achieve the common goal.

EuroHealthNet is leading work on health promotion, including country reports and the implementation of good practices in this area. It also supports partners in organising 15 policy dialogues at national level and two at EU-level.

CHRODIS+ builds on the work of JA-CHRODIS, the European Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Promoting Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (2014-2017). JA-CHRODIS aimed 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, multimorbidity and type 2 diabetes.

Mental Health and Wellbeing EU Joint Action

EuroHealthNet was a collaborating partner in the Mental Health and Wellbeing EU Joint Action. This 3-year initiative aimed at building a framework for action in mental health policy at the European level and built on previous work developed under the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being.

Involving 50 partners representing 27 EU Member States and Associated Countries and 12 European organisations, the Joint Action focused on the promotion of mental health at the workplace and schools, development of actions against depression and suicide and implementation of e-health approaches, developing community-based and socially inclusive mental health care for people with severe mental disorders, and promoting the integration of mental health in all policies.

The Joint Action was coordinated by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. It ended in January 2016.

For more information on Mental Health and Wellbeing EU Joint Action, click here.

Equity Action Joint Action

Equity Action was a Joint Action between the EU and Member States. It aims to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional level and harness the contribution of stakeholders. It is jointly funded by the EU Health Programme, 15 EU Member States and Norway, and involves 25 partner organisations, 30 regions and numerous stakeholders.

The aim of the project was to promote a health equity focus in policy making through identifying tools to analyse and influence policy making processes such as Health Impact Assessments with an equity focus and Health Equity Audits, as well as through learning from practices.

The Equity Action final conference took place on the 23rd of January 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. It brought together international experts on health inequalities, officials and policy makers from Member States and the EU and a range of key stakeholders. During the conference there were leadership keynotes from Sir Michael Marmot (Institute of Health Equity), Commissioner Tonio Borg (DG SANCO) and Zsuzsanna Jakab (Director WHO Europe). Political contributions from the European Parliament, the United Kingdom Department of Health as well as the Greek Presidency of the EU were also included.

  • To access the structural funds guidance tool - click here.
  • For more information on the Equity Action - click here.
  • For more information on the portal on health inequalities, click here.
Joint Action on 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
Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention (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

Projects

RIVER-EU

RIVER-EU ("Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region - Engaging Underserved communities"), is a 5-year (2021-2026) Horizon2020 project coordinated by the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). Along with EuroHealthNet – which will serve as the Communication and Dissemination Work Package lead – three EuroHealthNet members/observers are represented in the consortium: THL (Finland), PHE (England) and PROLEPSIS (Greece).

The project will work to improve access to two specific vaccines, MMR and HPV, among specific underserved communities in: Greece (refugees and migrants), the Netherlands (adolescents of Turkish and Moroccan origins), Poland (Ukrainian economic migrants) and Slovakia (Roma populations) by identifying and removing health system barriers. The project will collect evidence on health system determinants of low vaccine uptake (barriers) in the five aforementioned communities, as well as on high vaccine uptake (enablers) in three underserved communities in: the UK (the Bangladeshi community), Israel (the Arab Israeli community) and Finland (the Somali community). The gathered evidence will provide an increased understanding of determinants of low and high vaccine uptake in specific contexts. On the basis of this evidence, RIVER-EU will identify and/or develop promising system-level interventions tailored to underserved communities in order to reduce barriers to vaccine uptake. These interventions will be piloted in Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia and the results will be converted into evidence-based guidelines to address equitable access to vaccination across Europe.

IMMUNION

IMMUNION ("Improving IMMunisation cooperation in the European UNION"), is a 2-year project (2021-2023) funded by the European Union Health Programme. Led by EuroHealthNet, the project brings together members of the Coalition for Vaccination (established by the EU in 2019), as well as partners across the EU with the ultimate goal to increase vaccine confidence and uptake. Building on learnings from vaccination efforts at national, regional and global level, IMMUNION will add value to existing EU and national initiatives, particularly the Coalition for Vaccination, by increasing stakeholder collaboration to address issues of access to accurate information about vaccination. This will be primarily achieved through strategies focused on communication and training targeted to health professionals and the public.

Partners include the three Co-Chairs of the Coalition for Vaccination: CPME (the Standing Committee of European Doctors), EFN (the European Federation of Nursing Associations), PGEU (the Pharmacists Group of the European Union), as well as a think tank participating in the Coalition for Vaccination (the Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative). Three EuroHealthNet members/observers will participate in the project: the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC), the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental and Occupational Health (PROLEPSIS, Greece). The consortium also includes one university (the University of Antwerp) and two media and communications firms (EURACTIV Poland and Europa Media (Hungary)).

Activities are spread across six complementary and inter-linking work packages which are joined together by a focus on effective communication – both within the health sector and to wider groups in society. Activities include the development of a dedicated Coalition for Vaccination website with integration to the planned SEKI (Strengthening Knowledge and Education in Immunisation) Platform, a Training-of-Trainers Workshop on vaccine communication for health professionals, developing National Toolboxes of vaccination communication best practices in four countries, improving media liaisons with health professionals, and improving the visibility of the Coalition for Vaccination. Expected outcomes include increased awareness and use of validated training vaccine communication materials, increased ability for health professionals and students to communicate about vaccines, enhanced media reporting on vaccination, and improved overall equity in vaccination for populations with lower vaccine coverage.

IMMUNION officially kicks off on 1 April 2021, with the Kick-off Meeting held virtually on April 13 and 15. The Kick-off Meeting will bring together all project partners, European Commission officials, and members of the project’s Scientific Advisory Board, representing experts in health, vaccines, communication, and health equity.

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Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality: Sharing insights on COVID-19 communication and access to information in the EU and MENA regions

In January 2021, EuroHealthNet launched its first collaboration with the Med Dialogue for Rights and Equality, an EU-funded technical assistance programme strengthening CSOs active in the Southern Neighborhood and Euro-Mediterranean space. In collaboration with the project coordinator, Maharat Foundation, EuroHealthNet is organising a series of webinars focused on access to public health information: a key for public accountability and health equity in times of COVID-19. The aim of these webinars, and an associated online advocacy campaign, is to provide guidance on current international practice for sharing information on COVID-19 and public health measures to reduce its spread. The collaboration showcases examples from both the EU and MENA context in order to enhance the provision of accurate and transparent information about COVID-19 statistics and prevention measures, particularly via media, to support the health of the population and to help end the pandemic. The project will run for the first half of 2021.

 

The practice platform has recently worked on three projects:

Health4LGBTI:  Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people

This pilot project will increase our understanding of how best to reduce specific health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) people, focussing in particular on overlapping inequalities stemming from discrimination and unfair treatment on other grounds (e.g. older, younger, refugee, immigrant, disability, rural, poverty).

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

This European initiative shall increase our understanding of how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations across Europe.

EU Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing

EuroHealthNet is a partner in the Mental Health Policy consortium which is organising the further development and implementation of the ‘EU Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing’.  Between 2015-18 the EU Compass will be further developed into a revised web-based mechanism to collect, exchange and analyse information on policy and stakeholder activities in the field of mental health and wellbeing.  In this context, the key roles of the Consortium will be to:

1) collect information on policies, good practices, ongoing developments in EU Member States;

2) engage with stakeholders throughout Member States and among non-governmental actors, raising their awareness and seeking their support and endorsement of scientific-based consensus papers through national and European meetings and activities; and

3) widely disseminate the activities and information in the Compass to reach a greater number of stakeholders which should become an operational tool for stakeholders and the EC

In consultation with DG Sanco and CHAFEA seven topics have been identified and will be addressed by the Consortium. These are:

1. Prevention of depression and promotion of resilience 

2. Provision of more accessible mental health services 

3. Provision of community-based mental health services 

4. Prevention of suicide 

5. Mental health at workplace

6. Mental health in schools  

7. Building integrated approaches for governance

The project is complementary to the Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The INHERIT project is managed by the Research platform.

Past projects have covered:

  • Active and healthy ageing and age friendly environments
  • Health Literacy
  • HIV prevention
  • Implementing Health in All Policies
  • Initiatives to stimulate action on social and economic determinants of health
  • Action to Reduce health Inequity Via 1) Early childhood development, 2) Realising fair employment, and 3) Social protection. (DRIVERS)
  • scenarios of sustainable lifestyles in 2050 
    • social gradients in health inequalities among families and children