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Pilot projects funded by the European Parliament
Pilot projects are designed to test the feasibility and usefulness of specific activities. They are used to try out different approaches, develop evidence-based strategies, identify good practices, and provide policy guidance for the benefit of possible future initiatives in health.
The European Commission's agreements with various contractors are based on their approaches in the chosen proposals and provide them with the necessary scope for their execution. Boards of scientific experts provide robust guidelines for projects and validate their tools, including websites.
VulnerABLE: Improving the health of those in isolated and vulnerable situations
Implemented between 2015 and 2017, the project aimed to explore ways to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations across Europe.
Its focus was on nine specific vulnerable and isolated populations, namely children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds, those living in rural/isolated areas, with physical disabilities or poor mental health, the long-term unemployed, the inactive, those from lower income brackets, the elderly, victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence, the homeless, and prisoners.
Over its two-year lifespan, the 'VulnerABLE' project involved:
- Interviews with individuals and organisations working on health inequalities
- Detailed research into the health needs of people in isolated and vulnerable situations, through a face-to-face survey and in-depth focus groups
- Bringing together the leading thinkers in this area and enabling them to contribute to future strategies to prevent isolation and vulnerability
- Training materials and capacity-building workshops for national and regional authorities who are active in delivering healthcare services
- Regular news updates, direct communication with experts and a one-day conference to spread awareness of the project's findings.
If you would like to find out more please contact vulnerABLE@icf.com
- Policy guidance, a framework for action
- Final report
- Literature review
- Case study inventory
- Pan-European survey
- Workshop summary report and technical annexes
- Toolkit for capacity-building
- Presentations of the Final conference (Brussels, 7th November 2017)
HEPP – Maintaining a focus on health inequalities
This pilot is aimed at focusing EU and national attention on health inequalities and helping to mainstream measures to address them. It is hoped that by sharing knowledge and developing policy guidance, the project will provide solutions to health inequalities related to alcohol consumption, nutrition and physical activity in the EU.
To ensure the outcomes are useful and appropriately focused as well as effectively disseminated, HEPP works with organisations and individuals recognised as European experts in those fields, to keep interested experts and policy makers engaged in the project.
A number of scientific reports provide information on evidence-based interventions to reduce health inequalities in Europe relating to:
- Infant nutrition and diet in the first 1000 days
- Nutrition and diet beyond early years
- Physical activity (and sedentary behaviour)
- Alcohol consumption and related harm
The introduction to the evidence review on health inequalities and nutrition and physical activity provides information on the context, status and effective approaches to addressing health inequalities across Europe.
An executive summary and background document is also available on these four scientific reports highlighting their main points and recommendations.
The work will be finalised in 2018 ahead of a high-level conference in Brussels.
If you would like to find out more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Health4LGBTI: Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people
Implemented between 2016 and 2018, this pilot is aims to improve our understanding of how best to reduce specific health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex (LGBTI) people. It focuses on overlapping inequalities stemming from discrimination and unfair treatment on other grounds (e.g. age, status, income).
LGBTI people continue to experience stigma and discrimination combined with social isolation and limited understanding, leading to significant barriers in terms of accessing health and social care services. These experiences can translate into a risk of alcohol abuse, depression, suicide and self‐harm, violence, substance misuse and HIV infection.
The Health4LGBTI project activities include:
- Development of training module(s) aimed at increasing the knowledge, attitudes and skills of healthcare professionals when providing healthcare to LGBTI people
- Piloting of the training module(s) in the 6 EU countries
- A final European conference, presenting the results.
The project produced the following results:
- A state of the art review of the health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people, and the barriers faced by health professionals
- Two focus group studies mapping the obstacles faced both by LGBTI people and health professionals.
For more information, please contact Massimo Mirandola, Verona University Hospital (email@example.com).
GenCAD: Gender-specific mechanisms in coronary artery disease in Europe
This European pilot aims to improve the understanding of gender in addressing chronic diseases, using coronary heart disease (CAD) as an example to highlight differences in treatment and prevention. Existing evidence is sometimes incomplete, and findings are rarely presented to the medical community and public.
Over its three-year lifespan (from February 2015), the GenCAD project aims to:
- Analyse existing knowledge on gender differences in CAD risk factors, disease mechanisms, clinical manifestations, treatment options, access to health care, as well as management and outcomes.
- Assess awareness of health professionals and general population to identify the most effective practices to raise awareness about sex and gender manifestations of CAD
- Develop and disseminate information material based on the outcomes of the studies, surveys, and comprehensive needs assessment.
If you are interested in joining the GenCAD project, you can get involved in the conferences and workshops by contacting Nicholas Alexander, Institute for Gender in Medicine, Charité Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- GENCAD Conference 2: Gender and health – awareness, facts, and European perspectives (Brussels, 11th October 2017)
- GENCAD Conference 1: Gender and health – a challenge for the 21st century
- Factsheet for General Public: How to protect your heart – are women and men different?
- Factsheet for healthcare professionals: Gender differences in coronary artery disease in Europe
- Poster - Gender specific mechanisms in coronary artery disease in Europe (GENCAD)
- Flyer - Gender differences in coronary artery disease in Europe (GENCAD)
- GenCAD project Brochure
- Additional references