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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Innovative Immunisation Hubs [ImmuHubs]
Objectives Recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases have brought to light important gaps in immunization coverage in Europe. Specific population groups have not had sufficient access to vaccin...
Objectives Recent outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases have brought to light important gaps in immunization coverage in Europe. Specific population groups have not had sufficient access to vaccines due to socioeconomic, cultural, geographic or health reasons. Activities The Innovative Immunisation Hubs (‘ImmuHubs’) project will 1) Establish proactive partnerships with citizen groups, public health agencies, key stakeholders and the general public to improve access to vaccination in disadvantaged, isolated, and difficult to reach population groups in 8 European countries, according to best practices for community partnerships. 2) Create innovative immunisation actions, which will increase vaccine uptake across borders, generations and population groups. 3) Develop sustainable solutions for vaccine protection of EU citizens, including during and after the COVID pandemic. Type and number of persons benefiting from the project Cyprus, Greece, Finland, Portugal, Poland, and Serbia, will each be hosting 3 ImmuHubs representing 1) disenfranchised populations 2) isolated/closed communities and 3) ethnic/cross-border populations. Two additional ImmuHubs will engage populations with health risks. A set of digital/analogue tools will be deployed to measure the impact of actions taken. Expected results 10% increase in the uptake of childhood and life-course vaccines >75% accuracy in awareness of the immunisation status 80% accurate understanding of vaccination needs specific to the population group 20% increase in planned consultations with health mediators and professionals 20% increase in intergenerational vaccine communication in the household/family unit Type and number of outputs to be produced The 3-year project will generate 24 deliverables dedicated to: management (4), dissemination activities (4), evaluation and COVID-aspects (4), ImmuHubs (4), health literacy in families/risk groups (4), systematic check-ups/analysis/sustainability (4).
Start date: 01/05/2021 - End date: 30/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response plann...
Topic: 2.2 Support capacity-building against health threats in Member States, including, where appropriate, cooperation with neighbouring countries: develop preparedness and response planning taking into account, and coordinating with, global initiatives, components of generic and specific preparedness planning, public health response coordination, non-binding approaches on vaccination; address the increasing health threats resulting from global population movements; develop guidelines on protective measures in an emergency situation, guidelines on information and guides to good practice; contribute to the framework for a voluntary mechanism, including the introduction of optimal vaccination coverage to effectively combat the resurgence in infectious diseases and for joint procurement of medical countermeasures; develop coherent communication strategies.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Adapting and Implementing EAAD´s Best Practice Model to Improve Depression Care and Prevent Suicidal Behavior in Europe [EAAD-Best]
The overarching aim of MentBest is to improve care for patients with depression and to prevent suicidal behaviour in Europe by i) transferring the community-based 4-level intervention concept of the E...
The overarching aim of MentBest is to improve care for patients with depression and to prevent suicidal behaviour in Europe by i) transferring the community-based 4-level intervention concept of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) to new regions and countries in Europe and ii) promoting the uptake of the iFightDepression®-tool, an internet-based self-management tool for patients with depression. Implementation countries (Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy and Poland) are those countries where EAAD’s 4-level intervention concept has not yet been implemented. In these countries, model regions have been selected in which the 4-level intervention will be implemented and later transferred to other regions. Transfer countries (Hungary, Ireland and Spain) are those countries in which the 4-level intervention concept has already been implemented. These countries will focus on promoting and expanding these interventions to new regions. Both implementation and transfer countries will furthermore promote and coordinate the nationwide implementation of the iFightDepression®-tool and awareness website. MentBest will contribute to reduce the huge diagnostic and therapeutic deficits concerning depression and to prevent suicidal behaviour in Europe, which is particularly timely considering the exacerbation of mental health problems associated with the impacts of Covid-19. Reducing stigma, improving health literacy and help-seeking behaviour are further objectives of MentBest. MentBest will start a long-term process of dissemination of both the 4-level intervention and the iFightDepression®-tool beyond the funding period. Experiences from EAAD member countries have demonstrated that other regions will be encouraged to adopt their own regional 4-level interventions as soon as culturally sensitive materials and support (e.g. by national coordination centre) are available. An explicit goal of Mentbest is to thus ensure long-term sustainability via this self-promoting process.
Start date: 02/04/2021 - End date: 01/04/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 3.4 Provide expertise and share good practices to assist Member States undertaking health system reforms by setting up a mechanism for pooling expertise at Union level, to provide s...
Topic: 3.4 Provide expertise and share good practices to assist Member States undertaking health system reforms by setting up a mechanism for pooling expertise at Union level, to provide sound and evidence-based advice on effective and efficient investment and innovation in public health and health systems. Facilitate the uptake of the results streaming from research projects supported under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007-2013) and, in the long term, the activities which will be undertaken in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020).
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Action for Health and Equity - Addressing Medical Deserts (AHEAD) [AHEAD]
The Project AHEAD will address the challenge of medical deserts and medical desertification in Europe in an effort to help reduce health inequalities. The Project’s objective is to provide support t...
The Project AHEAD will address the challenge of medical deserts and medical desertification in Europe in an effort to help reduce health inequalities. The Project’s objective is to provide support to policy makers in selected Member States and other eligible countries to define, design and implement evidence-based and context-specific reforms in the health workforce field that specifically aim to counteract and/or prevent medical deserts. The approach applied in this Project will build knowledge, encourage (digital) innovation in health service delivery to improve access and apply a participatory approach to public health policy making. The Project will be carried out in Romania, Serbia, Moldova, Italy and the Netherlands and will benefit health policy makers, patients’ organizations, health professionals’ organisations, affected communities and more. The countries were carefully selected to highlight different manifestations of medical deserts and to address interconnectedness as a result of health worker mobility. Activities include: desk research; participatory action research; multi-stakeholder consensus building dialogues; high-level policy dialogues at national and EU level. The dissemination of the Projects’ knowledge products and best practices is a cross-cutting activity, aiming to also inspire duty bearers outside the Project. The consortium will produce several deliverables: policy briefs; a set of contextualized and feasible policy solutions to address medical deserts in the countries; an improved definition and taxonomy of medical deserts; a medical deserts diagnostic monitoring tool; a prototype for a medical deserts visual mapping tool; a tested and replicable approach for participatory health policy making. Our ultimate impact at society and EU level is better access to health services, especially in underserved areas, and more equitable access to sufficient, skilled and motivated health workers, starting with the countries involved in the Project.
Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/05/2023

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and ...
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and the extent to which training matches the requisite skills, including the ability to make use of new information systems and other advanced technologies, monitor mobility (within the Union) and migration of health professionals, foster efficient recruitment and retention strategies and capacity development, taking due account of issues of dependency and population ageing.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Empowering EU health policies on Task SHIfting [TaSHI]
Health workforce planning systems show a high variety of maturity in the EU. Member States tend to focus on diverse aspects of managing health workforces and health policy focuses on optimising the op...
Health workforce planning systems show a high variety of maturity in the EU. Member States tend to focus on diverse aspects of managing health workforces and health policy focuses on optimising the operation of health systems by various measures. Initiatives on task shifting can contribute to more effective organisation of care and human resources for health management at different levels, so committing to improve efficient and sustainable health systems in innovative ways.The main objectives of the TaSHI project are to provide a novel understanding and up-to-date knowledge on task shifting and on transferability and uptake of good practices in implementation. TaSHI applies different methods of analyses in order to provide added value on the concept, notion, and implementation of task shifting at EU-, national- and regional levels. TaSHI performs pilots at five implementation sites to gather evidence and data on the different types of task shifting (e.g. working time re-allocation, re-considered scope of practices in primary care, mental health care, radiology and ophthalmology, benefiting from telemedicine and digital health).TaSHI aims to facilitate dialogues and knowledge exchanges between the relevant stakeholders. Strengthening governance and stakeholder engagement for transferring and upscaling task shifting practices plays a crucial role in policy-making supporting health reforms for workforce development, as well as in enhancing cultural sensitivity, flexibility, readiness, and organizational adaptation to task shifting.TaSHI delivers a collection of good practices, useful tools and methods, a guidebook on task shifting supporting the real-life implementation, case studies on the pilots’ experiences, practical training materials and curriculum, and a set of recommendations. The deliverables on tangible solutions and practical products support EU MS at policy and organisational level to initiate and implement their own actions tailored to the local settings.

Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and ...
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and the extent to which training matches the requisite skills, including the ability to make use of new information systems and other advanced technologies, monitor mobility (within the Union) and migration of health professionals, foster efficient recruitment and retention strategies and capacity development, taking due account of issues of dependency and population ageing.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
MEnTal hEalth: fOcus on Retention of healthcare workers [METEOR]
The main objective of METEOR is three-fold. First, we will enhance knowledge on the determinants of job retention, as well as on the already successfully implemented interventions and retention polici...
The main objective of METEOR is three-fold. First, we will enhance knowledge on the determinants of job retention, as well as on the already successfully implemented interventions and retention policies from literature. Second, we will identify and analyse the main determinants related to retention across the 8 participating hospitals in 4 European countries (Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, and Italy). Third, we will develop policy recommendations through continuous stakeholder engagement. The knowledge acquired through these steps will be iteratively integrated into an accessible and searchable online toolbox.
Activities: (1) Conduct two systematic reviews, one on the determinants of job retention and one on retention interventions; (2) Conduct a document analysis of micro-level policy documents on retention in the 8 hospitals; (3) Develop a questionnaire to assess job retention in the 8 hospitals; (4) Apply the developed questionnaire to collect and analyse data on the main determinants related to job retention in a representative sample of healthcare workers; (4) Organize workshops with key stakeholders to develop policy recommendations; (5) Develop an online toolbox.
Persons benefiting from the project: We will undoubtedly have an impact on the target stakeholders in the participating hospitals (e.g. 930 physicians and 1300 nurses in the Local Health Facility of Agrigento), but we will potentially also affect stakeholders in the consortium countries and beyond.
Expected results: (1) Increase knowledge on retention determinants, interventions and policies; (2) Develop policy recommendations with key stakeholders; (4) Communicate and disseminate our knowledge through an online toolbox.
Outputs to be produced: (1) Two systematic reviews; (2) Analysis of micro-level retention policies; (2) Analysis of retention determinants in the hospitals; (3) List of policy recommendations; (4) Online toolbox.

Start date: 01/04/2021 - End date: 31/03/2024

Call: Call for Proposals for Project Grants under the Annual Work Programme 2020 of the 3rd EU Health Programme
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and ...
Topic: 3.3 Support the sustainability of the health workforce by developing effective health workforce forecasting and planning in terms of numbers, gender equality, scope of practice and the extent to which training matches the requisite skills, including the ability to make use of new information systems and other advanced technologies, monitor mobility (within the Union) and migration of health professionals, foster efficient recruitment and retention strategies and capacity development, taking due account of issues of dependency and population ageing.