The information in this guide, and in particular on the funding pages has been drawn from two key sources:

  • A literature review on the links between Structural Fund (SF) funding and health and well-being; and
  • Case studies exploring the ways in which regions address health in SF programmes.

The funding section contains detailed ‘causal pathways’ using the DPSEEA model that demonstrate the relationship between human health and social, economic and environmental factors. These are all issues that can be addressed by Structural Fund investments, providing opportunities to contribute towards better health. The following steps were used to prepare the pathways.

  • Characterise and categorise Structural Fund allocations – this was first done using 2007-2013 priorities and updated with the proposed funding categories for Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020.
  • Characterise and categorise the determinants of health – the following sources were used: Barton & Grant, 2006; Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, 2008; Dahlgren & Whitehead, 1991; Wilkinson & Marmot, 2003.
  • Prepare the DPSEEA pathways – this involved a literature and an internet search using the terms associated with each determinant of health.
  • Research and prepare the content for the pathways – reports prepared by the United Nations, European Commission and European Environment Agency are among the main sources. Several individual studies cited in these works have also used.
  • Review and revision – the testing phase is an important review - when the site is complete the pathways will also have been reviewed by the project’s Scientific Advisory Board.

The sources on this page can be found in References.