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Northern Dimension Newsflash 3/2020 has been published

The last ND Newsflash of the year 2020 is out. In this newsletter, you can read overviews of the ND Future Forums and the ND…

NDI POLICY BRIEF 14: Healthy ageing policy in Russia needs to consider gender, age, and territory

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The Russian government has adopted various national policies and programs in the last decade in response to population ageing in the country. We analyzed the targets and actions of two ongoing healthy ageing policies, and how their effectiveness could be improved. We suggest the national (Federal) level authorities to take the following recommendations into account:

  • Recommendation 1: To separate program targets and indicators by gender, and to develop different actions for men and women on the national level, taking into account regional differences in demographics across the Russian Federation.
  • Recommendation 2: To separate program targets and indicators by age between the younger and older elderly, and to tailor different supportive activities for each sub-group in the highly heterogeneous category of older population.
  • Recommendation 3: To create a mechanism for collaboration between the social service and health care sectors to enable the development of a comprehensive and long-term care system. In this development work it is important to analyze best practices from the international experience, and to adapt them to the Russian context.
  • Recommendation 4:To take the urban-rural dimension and the urbanization process into account in the program design. Many good practices and successful actions have been developed in large cities, and therefore need to be carefully analyzed to adapt them to the conditions of remote sparsely populated and rural territories in Russia.

Download the policy brief: Healthy ageing policy in Russia needs to consider gender, age, and territory (pdf) 

For more information, please contact the authors:
Anastasia Emelyanova, University of Oulu, anastasia.emelyanova [a] oulu.fi
Elena Golubeva, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangesk, Russia, e.golubeva [a] narfu.ru

This policy brief was written as a part of the NDI Policy Brief Training held in October 2020.

Life in the Post-pandemic New Normal – The ND Future Forum 2020: Combatting COVID-19

The Northern Dimension Future Forum 2020 “Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area” was held on 3rd of December as two virtual events. The Forum gathered together a wide range of experts and stakeholders to discuss health and societal implications of the COVID-19 epidemic in the Northern Dimension area and beyond. The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Forum in cooperation with the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS).

The first event “We are in it together”, organized by the NDPHS, served as a platform for exchanging knowledge and experiences on how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced health and healthcare systems in the Northern Dimension area. Its expert presentations and panel discussions led Dr Ülla-Karin Nurm, Director of the NDPHS Secretariat, to conclude that international cooperation in risk and crisis communication is needed to tackle misinformation about COVID-19.

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Here, researchers have a key role in debunking pseudoscience, and authorities in ensuring that all of them communicate the same clear and easily understandable information to the people. Efficient and competent leadership is fundamental in establishing trust and in reducing anxiety and fear in society.

Watch the first session on NDPHS Facebook here >

The second event of the Forum “Living in the New Normal after COVID-19” was organized by the NDI as a live-streamed expert panel discussion from Finland. The panel discussed how COVID-19 has changed the world and how permanent the change will be, and how this change relates to other societal trends like digitalization.

The panellists represented different societal sectors including business, research, and non-governmental institutions, and elaborated the topic from various perspectives such as the organization of work and education, mental health, and attitudes and values of people.

The panel underlined that despite all the detrimental impacts of the COVID-19, the pandemic has brought some positive outcomes. Societies witness new forms of equality as all citizens face the same threat and need to adapt to the new circumstances like the restriction of social relations.

The panel pointed to the pandemic as a shared social challenge that imposes a mental burden to all individuals, irrespective of the social status. At the same time, Finns have high trust in the capacity of authorities and the government to combat the crisis and expect clear instructions on how to act and behave in exceptional circumstances.

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The COVID-19 crisis has generated new forms of collective action. The Finnish event industries is an example of a sector that was made visible and identifiable due to the crisis, as event organizers needed to join forces to draw politicians’ attention to the detrimental impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on their business.

Another positive outcome of the crisis is that it has generated social innovations and best practices that will prevail in the post-pandemic world. Most of these are linked with the use of digitalization in different fields including the organization of work, education, and the provision of healthcare services.

Digitalization has increased efficiency at work, as commuting and travelling to meetings is no longer required. The time savings enable multi-tasking and more efficient organization of one’s work. Also, in the fields of education and healthcare, new digital methods and platforms have proven beneficial and will remain in use after the pandemic.

At the same time, the panel pointed out that crisis-borne practices related to digitalization are not equally accessible to everyone or cannot completely replace traditional ways of organizing work and producing services. The crisis showed that not all professions can be done remotely and that schools did not have the digital equipment or experience to switch to digital distance learning.

The panellists shared the view that it is important to ensure that vulnerable groups, e.g. pupils with special needs or mental healthcare customers with serious disorders, are met face-to-face. It was highlighted that the workplace is a social community, and virtual platforms and communities cannot replace face-to-face interaction. A future trend will most likely be hybridization, which combines digital and traditional forms of producing services and organizing work and education.

Watch the recording of the second session here >

In his concluding remarks, Finland’s Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension Jari Vilén welcomed the insights from the panel and perceived them as a valuable contribution to the governmental work on COVID-19 strategies. This showed the relevance of the ND Future Forums as bridging research and policy-making at a very concrete level.

Open vacancies in the NDPHS

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The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden, is offering two positions:
 
Policy Officer
 
The NDPHS is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated colleague to join our team as a Policy Officer. The Policy Officer will support the NDPHS Secretariat in the development of processes and appropriate structures to ensure that these four cross-cutting themes are integrated into the NDPHS work. The outputs are to be defined in the process and depend on the ambition and skills of the appointed candidate but will include, as a minimum, development of policy briefs and organisation of policy level events. At least three years of a relevant professional experience required.
 
Read more about the vacancy and selection criteria in the vacancy announcement. Please apply until 24 January 2021 by submitting an application form, CV and a letter of motivation to the Secretariat.
 
Communications Assistant
 
The NDPHS is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated colleague to join the team as a Communications Assistant. The Communications Assistant will support the NDPHS Secretariat in realizing this ambition. The tasks will include assisting the Secretariat in its communication role; proactively looking for new cooperation partners; coordinating the development of the NDPHS Communication Strategy, new visual identity and new NDPHS website; keeping the NDPHS website up-to-date; developing content to be disseminated via social media, websites, newsletters, press releases and any other distribution channels and taking initiative in suggesting ways to improve the external and internal communication.
 
Read more about the vacancy and selection criteria in the vacancy announcement. Please apply until 10 January 2021 by submitting an application form, CV and a letter of motivation to the Secretariat.
 
The NDPHS is an intergovernmental organisation providing a platform for transnational cooperation in health and social well-being in the Northern Dimension area. The NDPHS Secretariat is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and enjoys the status of an international legal entity. The Secretariat’s mission is to provide administrative and technicalsupport to the NDPHS and to ensure the continuity and coordination of the work of the Partnership.

NDI POLICY BRIEF 13: Analysis of subjective wellbeing is important for wellbeing development in the Northern Dimension area

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Actors in the social and health care often aim to improve wellbeing of the population in various interventions and development projects. The evaluation of their outcome is usually based on objective wellbeing criteria only, although people’s subjective wellbeing (SWB) is the foundation of the wellbeing of the population. Therefore, the viewpoint of families and experiences of individual people should always be essential and deeply considered whenever wellbeing is evaluated. This is feasible, as subjective wellbeing can be directly measured by qualitative interviews and questionnaires, and many large international research programs have studied subjective wellbeing.

This policy brief is based on a current study on the subjective wellbeing of Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Poles and Russians, which was investigated on European Social Survey data from 2006 to 2016 with 48 000 interviewed respondents. The results show that subjective wellbeing was improving slowly during the period of investigation, and that there were several factors connected to subjective wellbeing. The most important ones include health, income, trust, religiosity and not being unemployed. The results allow making the following recommendations for actors in the health and social care, and for the work under the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing.

  • Recommendation 1. Subjective wellbeing should be acknowledged in all development projects, decisions, interventions and studies addressing health and wellbeing. Health is an important part of SWB, but not the only one.
  • Recommendation 2. Data from large-scale international studies can be helpful in the evaluation and interpretation of final outcomes of wellbeing development projects. If the outcome is not easy to assess, SWB measured in existing studies would help to detect the change in wellbeing.
  • Recommendation 3. Cross-sectoral co-operation and information exchange are beneficial for the assessment of wellbeing outcome of development projects and for research.

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Figure: Subjective wellbeing of Estonians, Latvian, Lithuanians, Poles and Russians in 2006-2016 (scale 0-10),
presented in yearly means of wellbeing scores of 48000 interviewed respondents according to ESS data.

The Policy Brief can be downloaded here (link).

For more information, please contact the author:
Paula Vainiomäki, PhD (Medicine), MSc (Social Politics), University of Turku, NDPHS PHC, pavaini [a] utu.fi

This policy brief was written as a part of the NDI Policy Brief Training held in October 2020.

Global Coordination and Local Action Needed – The ND Future Forum 2020: Curbing Black Carbon Emissions

The ND Future Forum on Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Area was held as an online event on November 24, 2020. It brought together over 60 participants from 15 countries.

The Northern Dimension Institute NDI co-organized the Forum with the EU-funded Action on Black Carbon,which is currently finalizing a roadmap for reducing black carbon emissions in the Arctic. The Forum had two complementary purposes: to feed research-based knowledge to decision-making which is the core of the NDI’s work, and to gather input from various stakeholders to the Action’s roadmap.

The program of the Forum consisted of two thematic sessions, each of which included a keynote speech followed by a commentary panel. The ND partners EC/EEAS, Norway, Russia and Iceland, the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership and the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution brought their greetings and emphasized the importance of the topic. Watch the greeting video here >

Strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions

hildenThe first session discussed the strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions. The keynote speech by Dr Mikael Hilden (Director of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and a consortium member in the EU-funded Action on Black Carbon in the Arctic) addressed the multiple pathways needed to reduce emissions of black carbon. Watch the keynote speech here >

Dr Hildén stressed that due to the complexity of black carbon, international cooperation and coordination is needed to identify emission sources, to monitor emissions, and to develop technologies and policy measures to curb emissions. Concrete steps include the harmonization of measurement criteria and data exchange, joint RDI for low emission technologies and practices, and eventually, joint policy development at a transnational level.

International cooperation and coordination needed to curb emissions

The commentary panel highlighted the need for international regulation and cooperation to curb black carbon emissions, pointing to the complexities associated with black carbon and its measurement in a standardized manner. In the lack of binding international regulation, not all countries are committed to reporting their emissions, and the lack of measurement standards undermines the international comparability of data.

The panel further demonstrated that policy steps to reduce black carbon emissions are currently taken in, for example, the EU Clean Air Policy. It was shown that the reduction of black carbon emissions would bring not only environmental benefits but also economic ones, thereby contributing to welfare development. Therefore, even more ambitious emission reduction goals would be needed.

At the same time, the panellists pointed that international coordination needs to be combined with local action, as countries and regions even within the ND area are at very different stages of development as to their environmental policies concerning, for example, decarbonization of transport.

Health effects of black carbon emissions

Salonen Raimo THL K12nelioThe second session focused on the health effects of black carbon emissions in the Northern Dimension area. The keynote speech was delivered by Dr Raimo O. Salonen, Chief Medical Officer, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). In his presentation, Dr Salonen discussed the health effects of exposure to emissions and measures needed to reduce long-term exposure. These include the identification of areas of high exposure to particles, and informing the residents about local air pollution problems.

Dr Salonen further noted to the variety in people’s exposure to black carbon emissions, as road traffic may be the key source of emissions in urban areas, and small-scale combustion in the rural areas.

Tackling the problem of exposure to emissions from small-scale wood combustion

The international commentary panel discussed how to tackle the issue of black carbon domestically and internationally to reduce its negative implications to human health. It was noted that the health implications of black carbon are manifold, varying from the most obvious ones such as respiratory diseases to less obvious ones such as the Alzheimer disease. The panellists also pointed out that not all emissions are location-borne, including black carbon emissions from marine traffic that are “imported” to, for example, the Arctic.

The panellists pointed to positive policy outcomes in the reduction of black carbon emissions, such as a substantial decrease in emissions from traffic in Finland in the recent decade. At the same time, such positive development has not taken place as to the emissions from residential and other small-scale combustion. Indeed, the panellists raised the issue of wood combustion as an area where it is necessary to combine global coordination with local action. Tackling the problem of exposure to emissions from small-scale wood combustion is challenging in remote areas, such as rural settlements in the Russian North, where wood combustion is the only source of energy and heating available for the majority of the population.

A global approach to the challenges is needed while acting both regionally and nationally

Finally, it was noted that black carbon cannot be seen in isolation, as it is only one of the harmful substances negatively affecting human health. Initiatives, such as the introduction of cleaner fuels for ships, may provide public health benefits via reduction of sulphur emission, but increase black carbon emissions. Therefore, a concerted effort is needed to curb both sulphur and black carbon emissions.

The concluding remarks of the Forum were made by Jari Vilén, Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, who noted that a global approach to the challenges we are facing is needed. At the same time, it is important to act both regionally and nationally.

The presentations are available for download here (some slides withheld) >

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2020 on COVID-19 Is Now Open

We invite you to the ND Future Forum 2020:

Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area

Event Details
Date: Thursday, December 3 at 9 AM - 3.30 PM (CET)
Venue: Online


Please register for the event no later than November 26 here >

The Future Forum event consists of two sessions:

Session 1
9 am - 12 pm CET
“We are in it Together” – Enhancing Regional Knowledge Exchange to Combat COVID-19
The morning session organised by the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) explores the health-related challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It functions as a platform for exchanging experiences and strengthening collaboration.

Session 2
1 pm - 3.30 pm CET
Living in the New Normal after COVID-19

The NDI coordinates the afternoon session, a live panel discussion focusing on broader societal impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic, e.g. how did the COVID-19 change the world and how does this change relate to other societal trends. The discussion will be streamed online.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Registration for the event:https://webropol.com/ep/nd-future-forum-combatting-covid19-2020
Deadline for the registration is November 26, 2020. Please register as soon as possible due to the limited number of places available.

Feel free to forward this invitation to interested experts in your region.

For further information and an updating agenda, please visit:

ND website, Facebook and Twitter.

NDPHS website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

We warmly welcome you to the Future Forum 2020!

Professor Riitta Kosonen
Lead Coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute
Aalto University

Director Ülla-Karin Nurm
NDPHS Secretariat

 

Registration to the ND Future Forum 2020 on Black Carbon Is Now Open

On behalf of Aalto University in Finland, lead coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute we invite you to the ND Future Forum 2020:

Curbing Black Carbon Emissions in the Northern Dimension Area

Date: November 24, 2020
Time: 12 PM - 4 PM CET
Venue: Online Event (Webex Meetings)

Please register for the event no later than November 17 here >

The Future Forum event consists of two sessions, each of which includes a keynote presentation and a commentary panel.

Session 1: Strategies to reduce the environmental impact of black carbon emissions

Keynote presentation 'The multiple pathways needed to reduce emissions of black carbon affecting the Arctic' by Dr. Mikael Hildén, Director, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), followed by an international commentary panel.

Session 2: Health effects of black carbon emissions and ways of reducing them

Keynote presentation 'Health effects of black carbon in the Northern Dimension area' by Dr. Raimo O. Salonen, Chief Medical Officer, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), followed by an international commentary panel.

Download the preliminary programme (pdf) here >

Registration for the event:https://webropol.com/ep/nd-future-forum-black-carbon-2020
Deadline for the registration is November 17, 2020. Please register as soon as possible due to the limited number of places available.

Feel free to forward this invitation to interested experts in your region.

For further information and agenda, please visit the ND website, Facebook and Twitter.

The second ND Future Forum 2020 event 'Combatting COVID-19 in the Northern Dimension Area' will take place on December 3. A separate invite will be distributed to register for the event.

We warmly welcome you to the Future Forum 2020!

Professor Riitta Kosonen
Lead Coordinator of the Northern Dimension Institute
Aalto University

 
 

Workshop: The Art of Staying Healthy – Can Culture Improve our Wellbeing?

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Online workshop within the 11th EUSBSR Annual Online Forum

6 October 2020
10:00–12:00 CEST

There is good evidence for the positive effects of arts on health and well being, both in prevention and treatment. However, interventions are mostly local or national and short-term. To fully untap the potential of arts based interventions, we need to create a better understanding of how art impacts our well-being and how this can be used to promote better health for people of all ages and backgrounds. The workshop will raise awareness for the health benefits of art interventions, facilitate the exchange of best practices from countries outside and within the BSR and brainstorm ideas for future cross-border initiatives. Presentations will cover the possibilities for using culture to improve health throughout a person’s life-course, including children and youth and the impact of art on development.

Schedule
10:00 Opening and practical points / Pia Houni
10:05 A presentation of the WHO Health Evidence Network Synthesis Report: What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being? / Katey Warran
10:25 Arts on Prescription: perspectives from Scandinavia / Anita Jensen
10:45 Children and youth and the impact of art / Isto Turpeinen
10:55 Art, health and well-being in and with Games / Jaakko Kemppainen
11:05–11:45 Discussion in groups
11:45–12:00 Reporting back from group discussion

The focus of the presentations will be on introducing hands-on practical examples that could be replicated in other contexts. They should also aim at identifying ways in which both the cultural and health sector could learn from and further engage with other sectors to unlock the health-promoting potential of arts, both in everyday life and crisis situations.

The workshop is a cooperation between the NDPHS as Coordinator of the EUSBSR Policyy Area Health, the NDPC on behalf of Policy Area Culture and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. It is organized alongside the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020. It is part of the inception phase for a project that is already under development between NDPHS and NDPC. It should provide input and feedback into the future strategic direction of the project and identify ways to engage other Policy Areas/Horizontal Actions represented in the EUSBSR.

Please, register here till 2 October, 2020: https://ej.uz/artsandwellbeing

Full programme and speakers on NDPC website: https://www.ndpculture.org/news/the-art-of-staying-healthy-can-culture-improve-our-wellbeing-online-workshop-within-the-11th-eusbsr-annual-forum

Facebook event to tag & invite to: https://www.facebook.com/events/325692805170258/

See the programme of the EUSBSR Annual Forum 2020 here: https://www.annualforum2020.eu

 

NDI Policy Brief 9: Preventing premature deaths in the Northern Dimension area

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This policy brief reports key findings of a study carried out by the NDPHS Expert Group for Non-communicable diseases. The study analyzed official mortality data on premature deaths under 70 years of age in eight countries in the Northern Dimension area (Belarus, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden) and found that the PYLL rate (“Potential Years of Life Lost”) differs considerably among ND area countries. A striking feature is its gender difference, being on average 2.5 times higher for men than for women. Most of this difference is due to external causes of death such as suicides and traffic accidents. Alcohol-related causes also have a heavy male over-representation. The general development in public health outcome was however good in 2003-2013, resulting in an average 26% PYLL reduction. Encouraging trends include a decrease in losses caused by vascular (heart) diseases, cancer and external causes, such as suicides and alcohol-related causes, in all ND countries that participated in the study.

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The results of the study led to the following recommendations:

  • Recommendation 1. Premature mortality can be prevented effectively by designing and implementing health and economic policies on health promotion and disease prevention. Evidence-based treatment of diseases also makes a difference, but is less effective than the prevention of diseases and accidents.
  • Recommendation 2. Positive changes in male health behavior have an immediate decreasing effect on overall premature mortality. Policies should be targeted towards improving traffic and occupational safety, and decreasing harmful use of alcohol.
  • Recommendation 3. Public health strategies should be intersectoral and involve all stakeholders. Practising Health in All Policies (HiAP), promoting healthy lifestyles and holistic healthcare are crucial for preventing and avoiding many premature deaths.
  • Recommendation 4. PYLL rate was selected in 2015 as the indicator to measure the progress of the current 2016-2020 Strategy of the NDPHS. Continuing this practice in the renewed strategy beyond 2020 is highly recommended. The ongoing ND PYLL-2 study should also pre-assess the 2020 COVID-19 caused years of life lost in order to evaluate its burden on the public health of populations.
  • Recommendation 5.Health policy makers are invited to discuss the results of the PYLL-2 study, launched by the NDPHS NCD Expert Group in 2020, in workshops that will be organized in 2021 in selected NDPHS countries.

The Policy Brief can be downloaded here

For more information contact the author Mikko Vienonen, NDPHS/NCD Expert Group, vienonen.m.[at]gmail.com


NDI Policy Brief 7: Systemic biomonitoring needed to mitigate Arctic health risks

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Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 7 - December 2019

Systemic biomonitoring needed to mitigate Arctic health risks

This Policy Brief highlights the need for biomonitoring to assess the risks of public health disorders and negative demographic implications caused by the ingestion of hazardous pollutants into the human body. These pollutants can accumulate in food chains and spread with migratory species of commercial fish, birds and wild animals. Consequences of climate change increase the ingestion risks, and the dependence of indigenous peoples on the resources in their environment makes them particularly vulnerable. Hence, the relevance of this issue for Russia and the Arctic countries is obvious and requires attention.

The mitigation of negative effects of climate change on the health of indigenous people in the Arctic requires the establishment of systemic biomonitoring at the legislative level.

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The monitoring must

  • be implemented on a regular basis
  • take into account not only the effect of pollutants to the body, but also the deficiency of vital trace elements, such as iodine, iron, magnesium, etc., which are essential for the proper functioning of the body.
  • include chemical analysis of environmental samples, animals and birds, which indigenous peoples consume, as well as human biological samples (urine, blood, breast milk, hair, teeth).

Download the Policy Brief Systemic biomonitoring needed to mitigate Arctic health risks

Feel free to contact the team of authors at the Arctic Biomonitoring Laboratory, Northern Arctic Federal University, Arkhangelsk, Russia, for more information:

Tatiana Sorokinat.sorokina[at]narfu.ru

Anna Trofimova a.trofimova[at]narfu.ru

Julia Varakina yu.andreeva[at]nsrfu.ru

Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 6: Healthy ageing innovations in care for older residents of remote northern areas

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Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 6 - September 2019

Healthy ageing innovations in care for older residents of remote northern areas

The number of older people is rising in all developed societies. Taking care of them is a tremendous challenge, especially in remote and rural areas. Our innovation is based on understanding the needs of older people living in remote communities of Northern Russia. The innovation is called “Foster family for lonely older persons” and suggests proactive identification and planning regarding older persons’ future needs: simplification of the design and delivery of services, and context-sensitive, social and cultural approaches to change their lifestyles and healthy habits.
It allows older people to stay and receive care in their local community, and avoids the relocation stress caused by moving to other areas. In this way, it acknowledges the benefits of an ‘ageing in place’ approach, recommended by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

  • Recommendation 1. Introduce a tiered compensation mechanism with greater remuneration packages for caretakers who provide services to older persons with a higher degree of disability. The foster families can represent a more cost-effective way of providing care to older persons.
  • Recommendation 2. Make sure that people know about the foster family initiative. Advertise the programme not only on the regional TV but also by radio and social networks to improve dissemination channels.
  • Recommendation 3. The bureaucracy is what affects the sustainability of the foster family programme. Make sure to find the balance between ensuring the safety of this programme for the participants, providing support in a way that is not burdening the participants and collecting data despite resource constraints. This will require a tailored monitoring and evaluation package for various foster family types.

The Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 6 - September 2019 is now available.
You can download the policy brief here: Healthy ageing innovations in care for older residents of remote northern areas (pdf).

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Learn more about our innovation from the references, or feel free to contact the authors:
Professor Elena Golubeva, NARFU, Russia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr. Anastasia Emelyanova, University of Oulu, Finland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 4: Healthy Ageing Calls for a Holistic Approach published

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Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 4 - January 2019

Healthy Ageing Calls for a Holistic Approach
 
Ageing is a challenge and an opportunity
By 2020, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years globally. This challenges ageing societies with increasing costs related to population ageing and with a growing need for health and social services, including those related to age-related diseases.

The maintenance of health and well-being of the ageing population is a burning policy issue in countries in the Northern Dimension area, which are among the first ones to face this challenge. Solutions are needed to produce high-quality and cost-effective services for the elderly, and to encourage the citizens to take responsibility of their own health and wellbeing.

Tackling the challenges of ageing calls for viewing it not only as a burden but also as an opportunity. The concept of healthy ageing is about "optimizing opportunities for good health, so that older people can take an active part in society and enjoy an independent and high quality of life".

The promotion of healthy ageing calls for new types of research-based solutions that ensure access to individual health and social services, social activities, and engagement of the elderly in the design of age-friendly environments.
 
The Policy Brief based on the ND Future Forum on Health* is now available. Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 4 January 2019
You can download the policy brief here: Healthy Ageing Calls for a Holistic Approach(pdf). Northern Dimension Institute Policy Brief 4 January 2019 healthy ageing calls for a holictic approach
 
Authors
Prof. Arja Rautio, Thule Institute, University of Oulu
Ms. Minna Hanhijärvi, Aalto University School of Business / CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
Dr. Päivi Karhunen, Aalto University School of Business / CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
Prof. Riitta Kosonen, Aalto University School of Business / CEMAT & Northern Dimension Institute
 
*The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing on 28 November 2018 in Vantaa, Finland. The event gathered researchers, professionals, civil servants and decision-makers to discuss the future challenges and opportunities in providing support, services and environments enhancing health and wellbeing among senior citizens. The event featured three knowledge arenas focusing on the topical themes of loneliness and mental health, managing healthy life-styles and preventing ageing related diseases, and creating environments supporting healthy aging.

New Nordic-German cooperation will support Nordic health technology companies access the German market

Welfare Tech is part of a new Nordic-German collaboration that step-by-step offer companies insight and clarification in the German health & care market over a 13 months period. The project has received almost 2 million. DKK from Nordic Innovation and is supported by the Nordic prime ministers under the Nordic Solution to Global Challenges initiative.

The Nordic countries are advanced in their implementation of digital health solutions and among the first countries in the world where you see an implementation of scale of health and care technology. With a publicly funded health and social care systems and high standards of health and care services, the Nordic countries have early realized the potential of technology in healthcare and hence invested in Public Private Innovation, together with companies, developing and implementing new digital solutions and care technologies increasing the efficiency and modernisation of public health care.

“Germany has one of the fastest growing populations in Europe with an increasing number of elderly citizens, and the country is experiencing an acute shortage of health and care staff. This offer great opportunities for Nordic companies that develop health and care technology. Even though Germany is a mature technology market, the country is only recently beginning to realize how digitization, automation, robots and other technologies can elevate quality and turn workflows more efficient in the health and care sector, “says Karen Lindegaard, Senior Consultant at Welfare Tech.

See more information at http://scanbalt.org/scanbalt-news/new-nordic-german-cooperation-will-support-nordic-health-technology-companies-access-the-german-market/

Bridging the gap between the evidence-based knowledge and implementation in promoting Healthy Ageing

The Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) organized the Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing on 28 November 2018 in the Finnish Science Center, Heureka, in Vantaa, Finland. The event gathered researchers, professionals, civil servants and decision-makers to discuss the future challenges and opportunities in providing support, services and environments enhancing health and wellbeing among senior citizens. The event featured three knowledge arenas focusing on the topical themes of loneliness and mental health, managing healthy life-styles and preventing ageing related diseases, and creating environments supporting healthy aging. The forum was moderated by Ms. Charlotte Geerdink from Charly Speaks.

Professor Riitta Kosonen, Director for the Center for Markets in Transition, Aalto University, and the Lead Coordinator of the NDI opened the event with an overview of the role of NDI in the Northern Dimension policy and supporting the work of the four Northern Dimension Partnerships. In November 2018, NDI organizes four Northern Dimension Future Forums in close collaboration with the ND Partnerships focusing on the jointly selected topics. The work is planned to continue through a three-year-project on a Northern Dimension Think Tank.

ND Future Forum on Health 2018 Krol Kosonen web 2
Zbigniew Król (Deputy Minister of Health, Poland), Riitta Kosonen (NDI Lead Coordinator), Sari Raassima (MP, Finnish Parliament) and Ulla-Karin Nurm (NDPHS)

Director of the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS), Ms. Ulla-Karin Nurm expressed words of thanks to the NDI for organizing the event and the EC and Ministry for Foreign Affairs for financial support. The 15-year-collaboration in the NDPHS has proved truly effective with active participation of partners in the thematic expert groups, joint projects, events, publications, international networks. Enhancing healthy ageing is one of the key challenges in the future societies and ageing population is selected as a crosscutting theme for the NDPHS work.

In his keynote speech, Mr. Miika Mäki from the Family Federation of Finland, Country Team Operator for SHARE Finland project, highlighted the project objectives to provide evidence-based knowledge and multi-disciplinary approach towards population ageing. The SHARE database consists of face-to-face 80-minute interviews of more than 120 000 persons over 50 years with focus on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks in 27 European countries and Israel. The database is open to researchers free of charge. SHARE data is also utilized for political consulting at national and international level.

In the first Knowledge Arena, we heard presentations highlighting different approaches towards preventing loneliness and mental health among elderly. Professor Marja Vaarama from the University of Eastern Finland, and Consortium PI of the Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing (Promeq) project, Academy of Finland, introduced findings of applying inclusive methods for promoting health and wellbeing in selected target groups. Based on the project results, primary prevention, service counselling and promotion of health and wellbeing for elderly should entail meaningful activities to enhance self-efficacy, maintaining mobility, reduction of loneliness and support to healthy diet. Participative group-based care management may be a cost-effective way for promoting health and quality of life of elderly.

Researcher Anastasia Emelyanova from the University of Oulu showcased research-based evidence indicating that volunteering in old age is a key tool for promoting social inclusion, social cohesion and higher quality of life. Professor Andrey Soloviev, Director of the Institute of Mental Health; Chief, Department of Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, Northern State Medical University in Russia, introduced approaches to diagnose mental health of elderly in primary care, training medical staff to assess mental health and involve family members in the care. Let us be active! –project was introduced by Ms. Aija Vecenane, Chief specialist, Project Manager from the Riga City Council, Latvia. Three cities Pärnu, Riga and Turku developed and piloted new volunteering activities for senior citizens including a volunteer call center in Riga. The project demonstrated that volunteering is one potential activity to enhance life satisfaction and social activeness among elderly.

In the lively moderated discussion with the commentators and audience, Mr. Zbigniew Król, Undersecretary of State (Deputy Minister) of Health in Poland highlighted ongoing efforts in Poland to enhance lifetime healthy lifestyles. To this end, research and sharing of good experiences can provide tools for healthy ageing strategies and organizing local care for elderly. Ms. Sari Raassima, Member of the Finnish Parliament and the Social Affairs and Health Committee, underlined the role of research to provide consensus statements on what are the most cost-effective approaches for social and health service development, prevention, and late prevention. There is a need for new ideas and solutions for producing and financing elderly services with equal access for all in the near future.

In the second part of the forum, speakers focused on approaches to support elderly in maintaining healthy lifestyles to prevent type 2 diabetes and dementia. According to Ms. Jaana Lindström, Research Manager from the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland, StopDia project with over 85 000 identified persons at risk of type 2 diabetes in Finland, demonstrates that type 2 diabetes is preventable. To this end, three level of actions are needed: identification of individuals at risk, lifestyle interventions and environmental interventions stimulating healthy choices. Dr. Shireen Sindi, Researcher from the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Institutet, Aging Research Center and Division of Clinical Geriatrics in Sweden, introduced findings and further simulations of the Finger project focusing on developing and testing multi-domain interventions to prevent dementia. Based on the Finger results, multi-domain interventions including healthy diet, exercise, cognitive training and vascular risk monitoring are effective and feasible with tailored interventions for specific at-risk profiles. Dr. Eva Barrett, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Galway National University of Ireland, introduced results of the Mario project on developing and testing caring service robots for elderly care in Ireland, UK and Italy. Mario is selected as one of the top ICT influential active and healthy ageing projects in Europe.

Commentators, Ms. Anna Brooks from the National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden, and Ms. Anja Noro, Research Professor, Project Manager from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, appreciated the value of the research and hopeful solutions provided for preventing and managing the most pressing ageing related diseases. At the same time, it was acknowledged that one of the key challenges is to adopt and apply the knowledge into the practice. This requires close collaboration and inclusion of the authorities, professionals and staff at different levels together with patients. When developing innovative ICT solutions, the goal is to develop solutions to assist the care staff, not to replace them.

In the last Knowledge Arena, the presentations and discussion were devoted to developing age-friendly environments supporting healthy ageing. Ms. Tiina Tambaum, Researcher, Project Manager from the Estonian Institute for Population Studies introduced findings of projects on creating and piloting intergenerational practices, new ways to engage elderly and young. Professor Elena Golubeva from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Russia highlighted foster families for elderly as new social services developed and in use in Russia. Ms. Tatiana Zadorkina, Deputy Chief Doctor from the Medical prevention and rehabilitation center for Kaliningrad region and Ms. Olga Andreeva, Deputy Manager from the Federal Research Institute for Health in Russia, gave an overview of the ongoing projects to adopt new approaches and technologies in medical and social care for people over 60 years in Kaliningrad region in Russia. Professor Liisa Häikiö from the University of Tampere in Finland introduced the human needs approach to provide evidence-based knowledge for urban governance and planning on diversity of needs of elderly with care needs.

In the moderated discussion, Ms. Mari Patronen, Senior Advisor, Services for Elderly from the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Mr. Jyrki Kasvi, Member of the Finnish Parliament, underlined that research and lessons learnt in the concrete activities are most valuable to support policy- and decision-making. There is still need to understand better how technological innovations and digitalization can be utilized in developing user-centered and cost-effective elderly care services. In urban governance and planning, tailored human needs approach can provide new and innovative ways to design housing and age-friendly urban environments. In the concluding remarks, Ms. Ulla-Karin Nurm, Director of the NDPHS reviewed the key discussion points and underlined need to continue regular knowledge sharing, discussions and people-to-people contacts between researchers and decision-makers to tackle the pressing challenges of healthy ageing in the ND countries.

ND Future Forum on Health 2018 audience 2 web
Audience enjoyed the lively discussions

The event was organized by the Northern Dimension Institute together with the Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing and financed by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The Northern Dimension Institute is a an open university network, which is coordinated by the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland, as the Lead Coordinator in cooperation with the Northern (Arctic) Federal University and the St Petersburg State University of Economics in Russia.

Programme of the event can be found here (pdf).

Presentations from the event are available below (pdfs):

Keynote speech
Transforming the Challenges of Population Ageing into Opportunities with the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), Mr. Miika Mäki, Researcher, Country Team Operator for SHARE Finland, the Family Federation of Finland

Knowledge Arena 1: Approaches towards preventing loneliness and mental health among elderly
Quality of life, healthy ageing and loneliness - what can be done? Ms. Marja Vaarama, Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Strategic Research Program on Health, Academy of Finland
Volunteering as a means of social inclusion in old age: The Arctic context, Ms. Anastasia Emelyanova, Researcher, University of Oulu
Prevention of mental disorders among elderly: how to actively involve older persons and their relatives in this primary and secondary prevention, Mr. Andrey Soloviev, Professor, Director, Institute of Mental Health; Chief, Department of Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, Northern State Medical University, Russia
Let us be active! -project, Ms. Aija Vecenane, Chief specialist, Project Manager, Riga City Council, Latvia

Knowledge Arena 2: Supporting active and healthy lifestyles
Approaches to empower individuals to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Ms. Jaana Lindström, Research Manager, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland, Strategic Research Program on Health, Academy of Finland
Multidomain interventions to prevent dementia. Dr. Shireen Sindi, Researcher, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at Karolinska Institutet, Aging Research Center and Division of Clinical Geriatrics, Sweden
Managing active and healthy aging with use of caring service robots – Mario project, Dr. Eva Barrett, Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Galway National University of Ireland

Knowledge Arena 3: Creating environments supporting healthy aging
Intergenerational practice as a tool for improving ageing societies, Ms. Tiina Tambaum, Researcher, Project Manager, Estonian Institute for Population Studies, Estonia
Innovations in developing social services in Russia: focus on circumpolar areas, Ms. Elena Golubeva, Professor, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Russia
Organizational technologies of medical and social care for people 60+ based on individual needs, Ms. Tatiana Zadorkina, Deputy Chief Doctor, Medical prevention and rehabilitation center for Kaliningrad region, Russia and Ms. Olga Andreeva, Deputy manager, Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Russia
Human needs approach to ageing in urban environments, Ms. Liisa Häikiö, Professor, University of Tampere, Finland, Strategic Research Program on Urbanising Society, Academy of Finland

Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Healthy Ageing, 28 Nov 2018, Vantaa, Finland

NORTHERN DIMENSION FUTURE FORUM ON HEALTH: Healthy Ageing
DATE: Wednesday 28 November 2018, at 10:00 – 16:00
VENUE: Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, address: Tiedepuisto 1, Vantaa, Finland
 
Northern Dimension Future Forum on Health: Towards Healthy Ageing in the Northern Europe brings together decision-makers and top experts to discuss challenges and opportunities in creating support, services and environments enhancing health and wellbeing among senior citizens.

The Forum will revolve around the topical themes related to healthy ageing as a lifelong process of optimizing opportunities for improving and preserving physical, mental and social wellbeing, independence, and quality of life. The Forum will present recent research findings as well as innovative healthy ageing initiatives and concrete actions followed by moderated discussions with professionals and decision-makers.
 
You are kindly invited to register online here (link)
by 17 November 2018.
 
The ND Future Forums are organized by the Northern Dimension Institute in collaboration with the four Northern Dimension Partnerships:  Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership (NDEP), Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS), Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL), and Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The organization of the ND Future Forums is financially supported by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. For more information visit:
www.northerndimension.info

Register to the Northern Dimension Future Forums in November 2018!

The Northern Dimension Future Forums will focus on issues, trends and challenges that will shape the future developments in the Northern Dimension (ND) priority themes (environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing) throughout the ND area and need to be somehow addressed in all the ND countries and beyond. Such issues include, for example, role of creative industries in renewing innovation and industries, role of renewable energy, automatization of transport, increasing antimicrobial resistance of bacteria, and digitalization as an overarching theme to name just a few relevant examples. The ND Future Forums will facilitate decision makers in tackling future challenges and pinning down future potential thereby contributing to sustainable economic progress in the ND area.

Northern Dimension Future Forums in 2018:
 
Creating a better world through cultural and creative crossovers
DATE: Thu 15th Nov 2018, at 12.00-16.00
VENUE: Hotel Radisson Sonya, Liteyny Prospekt 5/19, St. Petersburg, Russia
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Black Carbon and Climate Change in the European Arctic
DATE: Mon 19th November 2018, at 13.00-18.00
VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Emerging trade routes between Europe and Asia – Impacts of China’s Belt and Road Initiative on Northern Europe
DATE: Tue 20th November 2018, at 9.00 - 14.00
VENUE: Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, Brussels, Belgium
 
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Healthy Ageing
DATE: Wed 28th November 2018, at 10.00 - 17.00
VENUE: Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, address: Tiedepuisto 1, Vantaa, Finland
 
Programme (pdf)
 
Registration is open and can be found here (link).
 
Each Forum will specialize in each of the four ND priority themes: environment, transport & logistics, culture, and health & social wellbeing.
The ND Future Forums will be organized by ND Institute in cooperation with the ND Partnerships. The events are organized with support of the European Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The Forums are free of charge and open to everyone interested in the topic.
 
Welcome to the ND Future Forums!
 

Internship opportunity at the NDPHS Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden is looking for motivated trainees to join the team to gain practical knowledge and professional experience related to the NDPHS activities.

We are seeking candidates with a background in Public Health, Social Wellbeing, Environmental Health, Social Sciences, Political Science, International Relations or Corporate Support Services fields (Public Administration, Information Technology, Communications etc). The Internship Program usually lasts for 6 months and is a full-time (40 hours per week) assignment, but can be also a part-time internship with minimum 20 hours of commitment per week.
 
The deadline for application is 25 September 2018 23:59 CEST. Further information is available at www.ndphs.org and you can readt the announcement here (pdf).

ScanBalt Forum 2017 (Tallinn)

Date: 18 October 2017
Venue: Energia avastuskeskus, Põhja pst 29, Tallinn

ScanBalt Forum 2017 presents and discusses ongoing activities of the EU Baltic Sea Region strategy flagship ScanBalt and accelerates new ones, coordinates between projects and promotes synergies.

Overall ScanBalt Forum targets the strategic objective of ScanBalt “BSR as one test and development site for health care products and services”.

The Forum this year pays special attention to digital technologies and health data in a Baltic Sea region cross-border perspective, commercialization and how to integrate entrepreneurship in education and export of educational methods.

The organizers of ScanBalt Forum 2017 are Tartu Biotechnology Parkand ScanBalt. On a rotating basis ScanBalt Forum moves from region to region as an annual event.

It costs only 75 EUR to participate in this day filled with discussion and planning for the future.

ScanBalt Forum 2017 is organized in partnership with the “Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health” conference in Tallinn, which focus on how digital technologies and wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare.

Draft program (changes can occur)

09:00 General Assembly and ExCo for the association ScanBalt fmba (by invitation, members only)
10:00 Opening by Chairman of ScanBalt, Jaanus Pikani – Key messages to the participants
12:00 Lunch 13:00 Commercialization in Health Care – BSR as one test and development site (Chair Gudrun Mernitz, BioCon Valley)
14:30 Coffee break
15:00 Entrepreneurship and education in HealthCare – Export of knowledge (Chair Peeter Ross, Tallinn University of Technology)
16:30 Preparing for the future

For more information, a more detailed programme and registration please see the ScanBalt Forum 2017 website.

New NDPHS Newsletter out now

The latest issue of the NDPHS Newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. This issue of the NDPHS e-Newsletter opens with the farewell words from the outgoing NDPHS Secretariat Director, Mr Marek Maciejowski.

Read more from the Newsletter.

International Conference: eHealth Innovation Days 2017, Germany

Come and visit the eHealth Innovation Days!

The second eHealth Innovation Days will take place at Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (FUAS) on 7th and 8th September 2017.

The conference will bring together academics, citizens, patient-groups and also eHealth developers and small companies from around the Baltic Sea Region in their common interest to explore the full potential of eHealth innovations. It will offer a platform for networking, initiating new partnerships and exchanging knowledge and experiences. The interesting sessions and an exhibition will reveal different aspects of eHealth, ranging from education to usability and innovative services.

The sessions will focus on:

  • eHealth in the Baltic Sea Region
  • Consumer-centered eHealth services (interactive workshop)
  • How to teach eHealth (panel discussion)
  • Innovative projects and companies
  • User involvement and usability

Excellent speakers from the Baltic Sea Region, Great Britain and Belgium will attend the conference and discuss with the audience.

The eHealth Innovation Days are a great opportunity to discover new developments and innovations in eHealth and discuss with experts the future of digital health.

For further information, please visit the conference web page.

Conference: eHealthTallinn 2017

Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health 16–18 October 2017, Tallinn

"Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ will focus on how digital technologies and wider use of health data are changing our lives and the ways of healthcare.
The conference will show already existing digital health solutions, use-cases and technologies to demonstrate that value-adding citizen-centric health services and systems are the reality and the future has already arrived to be made available to all Europeans.

Tallinn will bring you the latest developments in three hot topics:

  • Building citizen-driven demand in eHealth
  • eHealth supporting the value driven and sustainable health and social services
  • eHealth as a driver of innovation and economic development

The topics of discussion will include:

  • Giving citizens access and more control over the use of their health data
  • Cross-border exchange of health data
  • Making better use of health data for research and innovation
  • Creating the right conditions for a digital single market in health – interoperability, cybersecurity, data protection

The conference will bring together the EU policymakers and Member State ministers responsible for health, patient organization representatives, national and international IT and healthcare companies, health professionals, healthcare managers, and the R&D sector.

Registration for "Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health“ is scheduled to be live in May 2017.

Further information and a detailed agenda will be made available in due course.

Health in the Digital Society. Digital Society for Health is organised by Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and the Government Office as part of Estonia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

For more information, please see eHealthTallinn 2017 website.

Call for Proposals (2017) for “Ageing and Place in a digitising world”

Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”
The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
Call for research proposals 2017 "Ageing and place in a digitising world"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 03 OF APRIL AT 17:00 (CET)

This Call 2017 “Ageing and place in a digitising world” is concerned with the ways in which the health and wellbeing of older people, at all stages of later life, is supported and promoted through the design of the social and physical environment, access to opportunities to learn, and the use of technologies of all kinds. As it is conventional, with “older” we here broadly refer to anyone over the age of 50: from those who are still healthy and active to those in the final stages of life, whether living at home or in long-term institutions. This group is rapidly growing in the population and the experience of later life is changing for many people. Although many older people remain very active, as they age, they are increasingly likely to have particular needs in terms of their living environment. To participate in learning and to have access to new technologies -and to be able to use them- becomes even more important as we age as our conditions, prospects and abilities are changing.

The overarching aim of our JPI is to find ways to improve the health and wellbeing of older people, to enable less-active elderly to be more engaged in social life and more active contributors to wider society, and to do this in cost-effective ways. Also, it is important to recognise the diversity of older people and to ensure that practical and policy changes do not unfairly put them at a disadvantage on the basis of factors like gender, ethnic origin, social class, location or disability.

To achieve this, we need a better understanding of how to introduce changes based on a multitude of needs in older people. We are interested, therefore, in understanding the implementation of new technologies in an inclusive manner, to help finding new solutions which accommodate individuals´ needs, aspirations and limitations, as well as the ways in which they learn and interact with others.

Under the umbrella of the JPI MYBL, the 3rd Joint Transnational Call will be launched with funding from the following partner organisations:

  • Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), Austria
  • Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Austria
  • Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), Belgium
  • Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium
  • The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada
  • Academy of Finland (AKA), Finland
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Health Research Board (HRB), Ireland
  • Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italy
  • Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness – State Agency for Research, Spain
  • National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • The Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), Sweden
  • The Swedish Innovation agency (Vinnova), Sweden
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), The Netherlands

For more information click here.

 

NDPHS E-Newsletter is published

The Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being (NDPHS) is pleased to announce that a new issue of its bi-annual e-newsletter is now available on the NDPHS website. You can download the newsletter directly on this link.

Where are we heading: Healthier and wealthier?

Current and possible future regional challenges to health and social care as well as the economic impacts of population health in the Northern Dimension countries were discussed in a seminar organized by the ND Partnership in Public Health and Social Wellbeing (NDPHS) in cooperation with the eHealth for Regions Network during the EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm.

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