Reducing health inequalities: preparation for action plans and structural funds projects

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ACTION-FOR-HEALTH project ended and we are proud to anounce that the final deliverable in the form of short summary was produced. It is available in e-form as well as in printed version.

Strokovni posvet »Možne sinergije med gospodarstvom in zdravstvom«

V ponedeljek 29.09.2014 je NACIONALNI INŠTITUT ZA JAVNO ZDRAVJE v Avditoriju Medicinske Fakultete Maribor, organiziral posvet na temo »Možne sinergije med gospodarstvom in zdravstvom«

We are very proud to introduce the last project publication. It is a synthesis of all our efforts during the project. All partners have participated in capacity building, situation analysis, preparation of action plans and strategic planning processes. The result of joint efforts is implementation of chosen strategic objectives in each of 7 EU countries.

The final project conference entitled »International conference on health inequalities, health promotion and structural funds« has been held in Murska Sobota, Slovenia on 17th and 18th June 2014.

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About the project

Objectives:

General objective of the project is to improve health and quality of life of citizens by tackling health inequalities (HI) by means of health promotion. This will be reached by increasing the capacity of stakeholders within European regions to use health promotion interventions to effectively tackle HI as a core part of action plans that access structural funds (SF). Project connects 10 countries from all parts of EU (SI, UK, NL, ES, HR, HU, BG, SK, LT, EE) in a meaningful partnership, using their existing capacity in reaching synergistic and sustainable effects. Project intends to increase capacity on regional level, which has already been identified as an obstacle in the use of SF. Project's objective is also to prepare action plan by joining capacity and efforts in different sectors in region to reach comprehensive approach to improve health and reduce HI. Joint action of important stakeholders from different sectors in region will enable comprehensive approach to improve health and reduce HI in fields of health sector, education, employment and environment.

                                                                                                                         

Expected outcomes:

The main outcomes are twofold: increased capacity of project partners and an action plan for tackling health inequalities. This comprehensive approach will ensure new knowledge and skills, which will impact on the health behaviour of the various target groups. Public health experts will share their knowledge with their partners and vice-versa. This will enable a meaningful connection of existing capacity from different sectors in community and region, and encourage shared ownership. It will also produce a more comprehensive picture of the situation, respecting the needs and wishes of the population. For other sectors, it will provide direction on how to work on their own and enhance the health of population simultaneously. One objective from the action plan will be pilot implemented in each region. The project will produce a tool for creating an action plan, adjusted to each environment, respecting existing capacity (human, financial and infrastructural), incorporating main cultural characteristics, flexible to changing circumstances. Awareness of regional stakeholders will be increased and the action plan will serve as a consensus based multi-sectoral and tailored approach to tackling HI.