The general objective of this 3-year project (2013-2015) is to assist Member States/regions to develop evidence-based action plans on reducing health inequalities, which also informs the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) in the next programming 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.
Intensive, targeted dissemination activities & an accessible and interactive website and online database as a resource will help uptake of project result by EU regions.
More information on the Health Equity 2020 project can be found on the project website.