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Development of the Model for the Strengthening of the Capacities to Identify and Reduce Health Inequalities

 

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and its partners are implementing the project No. NOR-LT11-SAM-01-TF-02-001 “Development of a Model for the Strengthening of the Capacities to Identify and Reduce Health Inequalities”. Project duration is 2014–2017.

Purpose of the project – to create the model for the strengthening of the capacities to identify and reduce health inequalities according to the international and national experience in the area of identification, evaluation and reduction of health inequalities, analysis of legal documentation (national or regional), evaluation of human potential and its competences, and upon preparation of the related recommendations and training programs for national and regional employees.

The project is intended to solutions of Lithuania’s health inequality problems by developing specialists’ involved in policymaking and implementation in various sectors (health and related) as well as public health bureaus’ specialists’ administrative health inequality identification, assessment and reduction skills at the national and regional (municipality) levels. One of the main focuses is to stimulate intersectoral collaboration to ensure complex reduction of socio-economic as well as health inequalities.

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Institute of Hygiene, University of Vilnius and University of Klaipėda are collaborating as partners to implement the project. The project is funded by the Norwegian financial mechanism 2009–2014 program No. LT11 “Public Health Initiatives”.

Project’s sub-activities:

1.1.1.1 Analysis of international and national experience in identification and reduction of health inequalities;

1.1.1.2 Analysis of strategic documents, which regulate the correctness of health relations in various political sectors;

1.1.1.3 Evaluation of administrative capacities to identify and reduce health inequalities on the national and municipal level;
 
1.1.1.4 Study of collection of the indexes stored in the information systems of various sectors necessary to monitor health inequalities and their usage possibilities with preparation of conclusions;

1.1.1.5 Preparation, issuance and distribution of methodical recommendations about monitoring of health inequalities, interpretation and application of results; (download)

1.1.1.6 Preparation, issuance and distribution of recommendation for evaluation and reduction of health inequalities; (download) (download)

1.1.2.1.Preparation of training programmes meant for the subjects of national and municipal authorities (health and other sectors), including professionals;

1.1.2.2.Strengthening of administrative capacities of the subjects of national and municipal authorities (health and other sectors), including professionals;

1.1.2.3.Strengthening of administrative capacities of the subjects of national and municipal authorities (health and other sectors).

Project’s events:

  • Group discussion “Monitoring and Reduction of Health Inequalities“, 08 January 2015, Vilnius;
  • Conference “Monitoring and Reduction of Health Inequalities“, 29 January 2015, Vilnius;
  • Discussion “Monitoring of Health Inequalities”, 08 April 2015, Vilnius;
  • Norway visit of the representatives of the institutions implementing the project, 28-30 April 2015, Lillehammer, Oslo;
  • Discussion “Identification of health inequalities through lifestyle surveys“, 27 August 2015, Vilnius;
  • 8th annual European Public Health Conference “Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices“, 14-18 October 2015, Milan (Italy);
  • Seminar-discussion “Reducing health inequalities“, 13-14 January 2016, Druskininkai;
  • Four discussions “Health Inequalities. Lifestyle Survey Organization and Implementation in Municipalities“, 18 March 2016 Klaipėda (Lithuania), 08 April 2016 Siauliai (Lithuania), 13 April 2016 Kaunas (Lithuania), 15 April 2016 Druskininkai (Lithuania);
  • Three discussions “Recommendations for reducing health inequalities“, 5  April  2016 Klaipėda, 11 April 2016 Plungė, 14 April 2016 Druskininkai;
  • 9th annual European Public Health Conference “All for Health – Health for All“, 9-12 November 2016, Vienna (Austria).
  • Three trainings „Intersectoral Collaboration to Reduce Health Inequalities“, 3-4 April Klaipeda, 13-14 April Anyksciai, 20-21 April Birstonas. 

Publications:

  • Stankunas M. „Norvegija investuoja į sveikatos netolygumų mažinimą: ko galėtų pasimokyti Lietuva?“. Žurnalas „Valstybė“, 2015 m. birželio 10 d.
  • Zolubiene E. Sveikatos netolygumų nustatymo ir mažinimo gebėjimų stiprinimo modelio sukūrimas. Visuomenės sveikata, 2015, 2(69): 104-105 (http://goo.gl/2JIQCa)
  • Theses for the 8th annual European Public Health Conference “Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices“
  • Vladickiene J, Kalediene R, Zaborskis A, Smigelskas K, Stankunas M. Attitudes of public health professionals’ towards monitoring health inequalities in Lithuania. Eur J Public Health 2015, 25 (suppl. 3): ckv176.146.
  • Berzanskyte A, Jakubauskiene M, Butkeviciene R, Stepukonis F, Butikis M, Kalediene R. Health policy strategy in local level: experience from the country with high health inequalities. Eur J Public Health 2015, 25(suppl. 3): ckv176.019.
  • Petronyte G, Aguonyte V, Valinteliene R, Jociute A, Vladickiene J, Stankunas M, Jankauskas R, Kalediene R. The capacities of the health and non-health sectors in identifying and reducing health inequalities. Eur J Public Health 2015, 25(suppl. 3): ckv176.150.
  • Jociute A, Aguonyte V, Valinteliene R, Petronyte G, Vladickiene J, Stankunas M, Jankauskas R, Kalediene R. Challenges in tracking health inequalities from perspective of stakeholders in national level. Eur J Public Health 2015, 25(suppl. 3): ckv175.062

Contacts:

Rolanda Valinteliene – project manager, Institute of Hygiene

E-mail: rolanda.valinteliene@hi.lt, phone: (8 5) 261 8390.

Ieva Radzeviciute – project coordinator, Institute of Hygiene

E-mail: ieva.radzeviciute@hi.lt, phone: (8 5) 261 6681.