Political context

In assessing the opportunities for policy making within a region, the political situation / status quo must be taken into account. Are health inequities already on the political agenda, is there a shared societal value to address health inequities, or is it necessary to create more awareness? That means finding out whether legislation, policies, programmes and projects or other mechanisms to ensure that activities to address health inequities are high on the agenda and already contributing to policy development. It should be discussed whether there is an explicit political commitment to address and/or long-term political commitment to fund activities – and if a long-term agreement of funding goes hand in hand with a certain kind of flexibility to react to new developments. This also means figuring out whether and which opportunities exist for approaching policy makers with (public) concerns about health inequity issues, and to identify the advocates for addressing health inequities.

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