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3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
ENHANCING HEALTH SYSTEMS SUSTAINABILITY BY PROVIDING COST-EFFICIENCY DATA OF EVIDENCED BASED INTERVENTIONS FOR CHRONIC MANAGEMENT IN STRATIFIED POPULATION BASED ON CLINICAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC DETERMINAN [EFFICHRONIC]
EFFICHRONIC project aims to provide evidence on the positive return of investment and relevant data on cost-efficiency of the application of the CDSMP in 5 different European countries (France, Italy,...
EFFICHRONIC project aims to provide evidence on the positive return of investment and relevant data on cost-efficiency of the application of the CDSMP in 5 different European countries (France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain & UK) paying special attention to those factors (health & medical related but also social, cultural, economic) linked with a higher burden of chronic disorders in European society.
Five specific objectives have been defined: 1) To carry out multidimensional analysis and elaborate stratification methodologies to identify vulnerable groups/individuals in the 5 countries/regions involved, in order to maximize the impact of the CDSMP when implemented; 2) To design specific strategies to reach the targeted individual/groups in order to involve them in the program implementation; 3) To implement the programme in the 5 regions countries, including the appropriate actions to involve at least 500 individuals of the stratified/identified populations in each setting (N=2500); 4) To generate a comprehensive framework for the impact assessment (including cost-efficiency and health economics assessemnt) and implement specific methodologies to provide evidence-based comparative data on the positive return of the investment in such preventive and management empowerment programmes in a specific population; 5) To elaborate on the conclusions obtained to define policy recommendations and concrete guidelines to contribute to the scaling up of EFFICHRONIC methodology and intervention strategy to other regions and countries in Europe
Start date: 01/06/2017 - End date: 31/05/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 1.4 Support cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to preventing and improving the response to chronic diseases including cancer, age-related diseases and neurodegenera...
Topic: 1.4 Support cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to preventing and improving the response to chronic diseases including cancer, age-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, by sharing knowledge, good practices and developing joint activities on prevention, early detection and management (including health literacy and self management). Follow up work on cancer which has already been undertaken, including relevant actions suggested by the European Partnership Action against Cancer.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Rare Connective Tissue and Musculoskeletal Diseases Network [ReCONNET]
Rare connective tissue and musculoskeletal diseases (rCTDs) comprise a large number of diseases and syndromes including hereditary conditions (Ehlers Danlos, Marfan), rare systemic autoimmune diseases...
Rare connective tissue and musculoskeletal diseases (rCTDs) comprise a large number of diseases and syndromes including hereditary conditions (Ehlers Danlos, Marfan), rare systemic autoimmune diseases (systemic sclerosis, mixed connective tissue diseases, inflammatory idiopathic myopathies undifferentiated connective tissue diseases, anti-phospholipid syndrome) and other systemic autoimmune diseases characterized by a complex clinical picture (systemic lupus erythematosus, Sj�gren syndrome). rCTDs have a major impact on patients and society because of their burden of morbidity and mortality.
Specific goals of the ReCONNET network activities are (i) to increase empowerment and engagement of patients in the management of their disease; (ii) to improve and acquire new knowledge on these conditions; (iii) to develop care and quality guidelines to deliver to patients a high quality and homogeneous care; (iv) to identify standard, cost-effective and sustainable pathways for the management of rCTDs; (v) to facilitate data sharing and circulation of patients and health care professionals across borders.
All these activities will be facilitated by the co-design of e-toolkits and the active involvement of different professional expertise. The Network will improve care processes by increasing knowledge and communication between healthcare providers, patients and families, sharing clinical experience allowing to fill the gaps in less experienced centres, identifying common pathways for diagnosis and monitoring, defining easy access to interdisciplinary care both locally and across borders, assessing cost-effectiveness and sustainability of interventions.
The network will support the empowerment and the engagement of the patient in care pathways and will enhance their role in terms of disease awareness and co-management, ability to control the consequences of the disease and improve quality of life,clinical information collection and exchanging, interaction with HCPs.
Start date: 03/05/2017 - End date: 02/05/2022

Call: European Reference Networks
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources o...
Topic: 4.1 Support the establishment of a system of European reference networks for patients with conditions requiring highly specialised care and a particular concentration of resources or expertise, as in the case of rare diseases, on the basis of criteria to be established under Directive 2011/24/EU.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Social Engagement Framework for Addressing the Chronic-disease-challenge [SEFAC]
SEFAC supports the actions in the European regions, in alignment with national/EU efforts to reduce the burden of major chronic disease and to increase the sustainability of health systems. SEFAC fost...
SEFAC supports the actions in the European regions, in alignment with national/EU efforts to reduce the burden of major chronic disease and to increase the sustainability of health systems. SEFAC fosters the involvement of volunteers in a broad community approach initiated by social and health care. The focus of SEFAC is on positive health, prevention, empowerment and self-management, using group and individual approaches, face-to-face and online, supported by user friendly ICT tools.

Four regions in varied European countries will actively participate as SEFAC pilot sites. Citizens of circa 50 years and older, who have a major chronic disease or who want to prevent chronic disease, and social/health professionals, pharmacists and volunteers will co-create communities for the promotion of health, and prevention and (self) management of chronic diseases.

In 4 pilot regions (Rijeka in Croatia, Treviso in Italy, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and Cornwall in the UK), a total of 1000 citizens (250 per pilot) will be involved through community meetings. In total 360 participants (90 per pilot) will actively participate in a range of prevention and disease management activities; i.e. a series of group activities in addition to individual (volunteer reinforced) care pathways and the use of ICT tools. Stakeholders in the 4 pilot regions will be trained to implement prevention and self-management activities with help of volunteers using a ‘Social engagement toolkit’.

We will apply the CDC-Framework for Program Evaluation including the perspectives of the end-users (citizens who want to prevent/self-manage chronic disease), as well as social/health care providers, pharmacists, volunteers and other stakeholders; a cost-effectiveness analysis will be performed. Using the learnings of this project, a SEFAC toolbox for implementation in European regions will be developed, including policy briefs providing policy makers and public authorities with key points for action.
Start date: 01/05/2017 - End date: 30/04/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 1.4 Support cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to preventing and improving the response to chronic diseases including cancer, age-related diseases and neurodegenera...
Topic: 1.4 Support cooperation and networking in the Union in relation to preventing and improving the response to chronic diseases including cancer, age-related diseases and neurodegenerative diseases, by sharing knowledge, good practices and developing joint activities on prevention, early detection and management (including health literacy and self management). Follow up work on cancer which has already been undertaken, including relevant actions suggested by the European Partnership Action against Cancer.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Strengthen Community Based Care to minimize health inequalities and improve the integration of vulnerable migrants and refugees into local communities [Mig-HealthCare]
Mig-HealthCare will produce a roadmap to effective community based care models to improve physical and mental health care services, support the inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in ...
Mig-HealthCare will produce a roadmap to effective community based care models to improve physical and mental health care services, support the inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in European communities and reduce health inequalities. Through the roadmap Mig-HealthCare will test implementation feasibility of community based care models in different settings and countries through pilot testing and assessment. Mig-HealthCare responds to all the current Work Program priorities and especially to the ones regarding the creation of innovative, efficient and sustainable health systems and facilitating access to better and safer healthcare services. Mig-HealthCare implements a participatory approach and recognizes differences between refugee/migrant groups and MS. The roadmap and toolbox will include guidelines and tools using ICT technology to reorient health care services to a community level. It will create networks of cooperation on all aspects that influence community health care including mental health and community integration characteristics. The project methodology is participatory and includes focus groups/interviews and surveys with all the target groups (vulnerable migrants/refugees, service providers, local community stakeholders), review of the current state of the art, collection and assessment of best practice, the development of an algorithm & prediction model, pilot implementation and creation of evidence based guidance and recommendations. Mig-HealthCare will: (1) Describe the current physical and mental health profile of vulnerable migrants/refugees including needs, expectations and capacities of service providers (2) Develop a comprehensive roadmap/toolbox for the implementation of community based care models including prediction models, best practice examples, algorithms and tailored made health and mental health materials (3) Pilot test and assess community care models and produce guidance and recommendations.
Start date: 01/05/2017 - End date: 30/04/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evi...
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evidence-based and good practices for addressing risk factors such as tobacco use and passive smoking, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity, taking into account the public health aspects of underlying factors, such as those of a social and environmental nature, with a focus on Union added value.
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Models to engage Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees in their health, through Community Empowerment and Learning Alliance [MyHealth]
MyHealth project comes to answer, by developing and implementing models based on the knowhow of a European multidisciplinary network, the need to reach out Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees (VMR) on th...
MyHealth project comes to answer, by developing and implementing models based on the knowhow of a European multidisciplinary network, the need to reach out Vulnerable Migrants and Refugees (VMR) on their Health. In particular, women and Unaccompanied minors as one of the most vulnerable group.

It has been reported that, as local population, this very heterogeneous group is facing challenges in health related issues.
The main aim of MyHealth is to improve the healthcare access of vulnerable immigrants and refugees newly arrived to Europe, by developing and implementing models based on the knowhow of a European multidisciplinary network.
Secondary objectives:
1. Develop a complete interactive map, with main health issues, main actors and stakeholders, reference sites dealing with MREM, legal and organisational aspects of Health systems in the involved countries, and the ICT tools available.
2. To define more clearly the current health problems of migrants treated in our health centres.
3. Define and develop health intervention strategies in Mental Health/Communicable and non communicable diseases, based on the community health approach.
4. Develop and ICT based platform to support new tools, enhance Health applications development and health information
5. To implement the defined strategies and models in pilot over the hospital participating in the consortium.
6. To ensure training and involvement of all the key actors in the Health system value chain. From users to management.
7. Ensure a sound management and communication strategy for MyHealth.

Outcomes:
Interactive map available online.
Pilot survey on current health status and concerns conducted.
Health promotion best strategies identified.
Pilot Models successful evaluated.
Existence of guide for integration of ICT Solutions for VMR.

Start date: 01/04/2017 - End date: 31/03/2020

Call: Call for Proposals for Projects 2016
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evi...
Topic: 1.1 Cost-effective promotion and prevention measures in line, in particular, with the Union strategies on alcohol and nutrition, and including actions to support the exchange of evidence-based and good practices for addressing risk factors such as tobacco use and passive smoking, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy dietary habits and physical inactivity, taking into account the public health aspects of underlying factors, such as those of a social and environmental nature, with a focus on Union added value.