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Tackling the Gradient: Applying Public Health Policies to Effectively Reduce Health Inequalities amongst Families and Children

Objective

Health inequalities are currently regarded as one of the most important public health challenges in the EU. There is however not sufficient knowledge of what actions are effective to reduce the gradient in health inequalities. 'Tackling the Gradient' aims to address this, to ensure that political momentum is maintained and that operational strategies can be developed to make progress on this issue. The focus of the research project will be on families and children, since the greatest impact on reducing the health gradient can be achieved through early life policy interventions and by creating equal opportunities during childhood and adolescence. This project involves the following components, which directly address the theme of the call: • Develop a common Evaluation Framework that can be applied across the EU to assess and determine what works. • Determine whether and why traditional public health and health promotion policy measures don’t reach or fail to change behaviours amongst the more socially deprived groups. • Explore some currently understudied protective factors (particularly the influence of social capital on children, adolescents and families) that could be important to tackling the health gradient. • Identify what targeted and universal policy approaches to protect families and children from falling into poverty and ill health are currently being applied, and appear to be effective in tackling the health inequalities gradient • Widely disseminate the outcomes and results to politicians and practitioners in the form of scientifically sound recommendations at the local, national and EU levels. The research will be undertaken by a consortium comprising of 34 members from 12 institutions across Europe. The work will be coordinated by EuroHealthNet, which has considerable expertise in managing EU projects in the area of health inequalities, and is well placed to feed research results into policy making processes at the national and EU level.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

EUROHEALTHNET ASBL
Address
Rue Royale 146
1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 592 972
Administrative Contact
Caroline Costongs (Ms.)

Participants (11)

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR GEZONDHEIDSPROMOTIE EN ZIEKTEPREVENTIE VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 62 160
Address
G Schildknechtstraat 9
1020 Brussel
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Linda De Boeck (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 136 680
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
STATNI ZDRAVOTNI USTAV
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 46 500
Address
Srobarova 48
10042 Praha 10
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vaclav Svoboda (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 183
Address
Lewes Road Mithras House
BN2 4AT Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
John Kenneth Davies (Prof.)
BUNDESZENTRALE FUR GESUNDHEITLICHE AUFKLARUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 47 040
Address
Maarweg 149-161
50825 Koln
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julia Tief (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 181 440
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)
ZAVOD ZA ZDRAVSTVENO VARSTVO MURSKA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 42 630
Address
Arhitekta Novaka 2B
9000 Murska Sobota
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tatjana Krajnc-Nikolic (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 54 600
Address
Molinos De Agua S/n
38071 La Laguna Tenerife
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sara Darias-Curvo (Prof.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 75 540
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bo Burström (Prof.)
NATIONAAL INSTITUUT VOOR GEZONDSHEIDSBEVORDERING EN ZIEKTEPREVENTIE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 311 592
Address
De Bleek 13
3447 GV Woerden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Jansen (Dr.)
LYOHEILSUSTOO
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 49 920
Address
Laugavegur 116
105 Reykjavik
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johann Halldorsson (Mr.)