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Joint Action Health Equity Europe [JAHEE] [801600] - Joint Actions
Project abstract

The effects of health inequalities within and between EU MS are widely recognized,and reducing health inequalities is on the agenda of many MS. Moreover new challenges like the huge migration flows and the economic crisis and austerity policies that affect EU citizen’s everyday life are worsening the scenario. Despite an increasing concern and awareness on health inequalities, a wide gap exists in Europe in terms of political response.
The Joint Action Health Equity Europe will represent an important opportunity for MS to work jointly to address health inequalities and underlying social determinants of health.
The general objective of the project is to improve health and well-being of the EU citizens and achieve greater equity in health outcomes across all groups in society by a focus on socio-economic determinants of health and lifestyle related health inequalities. A particular priority will be given to migrants, since poor health and lack of access to health services can be an obstacle to integration.
This Joint Action aims to: deliver a policy framework with a menu of actions and recommendations for national, regional and local uptake and implementation; develop better policies improve monitoring, governance, implementation and evaluation; implement good practices and facilitate exchange and learning; identify factors of success, barriers and challenges and how to overcome them.
The Joint Action will contribute meeting two objectives of the Third health Program by introducing the equity lens in “Objective1: Promoting health, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the ‘health in all policies” and in “Objective4: Facilitating access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens”.
This Joint Action will follow a three-step approach that will facilitate: identification of policy options to tackle health inequalities; implementation of feasible and effective actions in all MS involved; elaboration and dissemination of further recommendations and guidelines.

Summary of context, overal objectives, strategic, relevance and contribution of the action

The effects of health inequalities within and between EU MS are widely recognized,and reducing health inequalities is on the agenda of many MS. Moreover new challenges like the huge migration flows and the economic crisis and austerity policies that affect EU citizen’s everyday life are worsening the scenario. Despite an increasing concern and awareness on health inequalities, a wide gap exists in Europe in terms of political response.
The Joint Action Health Equity Europe will represent an important opportunity for MS to work jointly to address health inequalities and underlying social determinants of health.
The general objective of the project is to improve health and well-being of the EU citizens and achieve greater equity in health outcomes across all groups in society by a focus on socio-economic determinants of health and lifestyle related health inequalities. A particular priority will be given to migrants, since poor health and lack of access to health services can be an obstacle to integration.
This Joint Action aims to: deliver a policy framework with a menu of actions and recommendations for national, regional and local uptake and implementation; develop better policies improve monitoring, governance, implementation and evaluation; implement good practices and facilitate exchange and learning; identify factors of success, barriers and challenges and how to overcome them.

This JA aims to contribute to:
• improve the planning and development of the policies to tackle HI at European, national, regional and local level;
• implement actions that provide the best opportunity to tackle HI in each participating MS;
• strengthen a cooperative approach in tackling HI and facilitate exchange and learning among MSs (sharing and learning approach);
• facilitate transferability of good practices.

Contribution to meeting the objectives and priorities defined in the annual work programme:
JAHEE will contribute to meeting the objectives 1 and 4 of the Third Health Program by introducing the equity lens in “Objective 1. Promoting health, preventing diseases and fostering supportive environments for healthy lifestyles taking into account the HiAP and in “Objective 4. Facilitating access to better and safer healthcare for Union citizens”. More specifically the JA meets the 2017 work programme priorities in that a) it aims to build up country-specific, cross-country and European health equity policies through
the implementation of concrete actions by each participant; b) it addresses also the priorities on migration, on poverty and social exclusion by encouraging and supporting effective public health and health system policies for migrants and vulnerables at large.

People across Europe are living longer than ever, but many of the life-years that people are gaining are not being spent in good health, particularly amongst lower socioeconomic groups. There are also big differences in health status and mortality rate and in the steepness of socioeconomic gradients in health between EU MSs. This erodes justice, solidarity and well-being in Europe – undermining the over-riding aims of the EU as set out in Article 3 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU). Health is an enabler of social and economic participation in daily life, the ‘motor’ behind our economies, and a key determinant of a person’s well-being, happiness and satisfaction. Growing levels of HI reflect that our market economies are not delivering well-being in a fair and effective manner and that this can be improved.
Reducing HI is therefore a key prerequisite for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth (EU 2020 Strategy), as recognized by the EU ‘Health for Growth’ Programme (2014-2020), the Social Investment Package for Growth and Cohesion (2013) and the European Pillar of Social Rights. Through JAHEE, that will encourage and facilitate European countries to ‘do something, do more, do better’ to reduce HI, the EU will add value to MSs actions

Work performed during the reporting period

JAHEE officially started on June 1, 2018 and the kick off meeting was organized on June 21-22, 2018 in Luxembourg.
The main objective of the kick off meeting was to validate the various steps of the work programme, in order to reach full consensus among participating countries about how the Joint action (JA) will concretely develop, stressing the role and responsibility of each partner as envisaged in the grant agreement .
The program of the kick off meeting (see images uploaded) was organized with the idea of providing an overview of JAHEE work program, assuring full space for discussion in order to be operative from the very first month. The participation of EC representatives and key note speakers contributed to reach to objectives of the kick off meeting.

Details
Start date: 01/06/2018
End date: 30/11/2021
Duration: 36 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: 3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
EC Contribution: € 2 499 997,02