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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Reaching the hard-to-reach: Increasing access and vaccine uptake among prison population in Europe [RISE-Vac]
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, ...
Tackling low vaccine coverage (VC) is a key area for action. Despite efforts, pockets of unvaccinated individuals persist in Europe. People in prison constitute a sizeable fraction of the population, in absolute number and for its rapid turnover. Incarcerated individuals largely belong to socially-deprived communities with low socio-economic status and education level, high disease burden and prevalence of risk behaviours; and often, sub-optimal access to care. Prisons may be a gateway to offer appropriate and high quality healthcare and vaccination services to individuals while in detention.
To respond to this public health priority, the RISE-Vac consortium brings together multisectorial skills, solid experience and well established networks in the prison health field, reflecting epidemiological and structural diversities of European context.
RISE-Vac aims at improving the health of prison population in Europe by promoting vaccine literacy (VL), enhancing vaccine offer and increasing vaccine uptake (VU). Using state-of-the-art methodologies, RISE-Vac will gather existing evidence on vaccination strategies and services targeting people in prison and combine it with prospectively collected data on (i) attitude and VL among prison population and staff; (ii) vaccination status and VU during incarceration. RISE-Vac will use a co-creation approach to develop information and training materials tailored to people in prison and staff to increase their VL. Models of vaccination delivery will be devised and piloted to respond to the needs of prison population, prison settings characteristics and national priorities. Benefits resulting from RISE-Vac activities will accrue also in the general population, increasing overall VC. By upholding the principle that prison health is public health, the RISE-Vac project will provide tools and data-driven, evidence-based options to guide European countries in improving health status of people in prison and European population at large.
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)
Increased Access To Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants [AcToVax4NAM]
Increased Access to Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM)- AcToVax4NAM aims to improve vaccination access for NAM making access conditions equitable & guaranteed. The project responds to 2020 ...
Increased Access to Vaccination for Newly Arrived Migrants (NAM)- AcToVax4NAM aims to improve vaccination access for NAM making access conditions equitable & guaranteed. The project responds to 2020 WP’s specific topic “Increased access to vaccination for newly arrived migrants in first-line, transit & destination countries”. Objectives: (1) Describe immunization guidance, reception & vaccination offer systems for NAMs (2) Characterize system barriers hindering immunization of NAMs & identify possible solutions
-Reinforce networking capacity among institutional & non-institutional organizations & actors to address health literacy & cultural competency of the health care system with respect to NAM immunization. (3) Strengthen health literacy & responsiveness of organizations, health care professionals and other health operators (such as cultural mediators) to increase capacity building & cultural sensitivity of the health care system for promoting NAM’s active immunization (4) Develop country specific action-oriented flow charts to improve access to immunization comprising identified barriers & proposed solutions/tools/strategies validated by the target group (6) pilot test & evaluate country specific solutions to overcome system barriers emphasizing the life course approach, produce final recommendations & create networks of collaboration. AcToVax4NAM targets health and social care professionals and other related professionals such as mediators working with NAM. The final beneficiaries are NAMs. Expected results/outputs: (1) Updated knowledge on reception & vaccination systems/conceptual framework (2) Country specific information on system barriers & relevant solutions/logic flow charts/Database with tools (3) Capacity building to strengthen health literacy perspectives among target groups/related activities and training (4) Pilot testing solutions to overcome system barriers and demonstrate concrete and effective practices to increase coverage/Recommendations.
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)
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.