Health Equity 2020

Reducing health inequalities – preparation for regional action plans and structural funds projects

HEALTHEQUITY-2020 aims to assist Member States and regions on reducing health inequalities. Launched in July 2012,the 3-year-long project also looks to inform the implementation of current & emerging EU policy priorities for the next European Structural and Investment Fund period.  


By targeting policy-makers and practitioners who make and shape policies and implement actions, the project seeks to both (i) explore potential action areas & (ii) make the case (including economic evidence) for investments to reduce inequalities through regional actions within & beyond the health sector.


The project benefits from and builds on existing knowledge & lessons from EUREGIO III and a portfolio of other relevant second health programme projects to inform entry points to actions. It uses different methods and means to achieve its objectives: developing a toolkit and a portfolio of policy actions sensitive to differing needs supplemented by a practical knowledge database with good practice case examples and organizing an action learning workshop series & developing follow-up action learning sets to increase knowledge & capacity of local stakeholders using social innovation.


The final outputs of the project will be regional action plans integrated into wider regional development plans, a better understanding of health inequalities, as well as sharing learning and expertise. 


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