Impact of Structural Funds on Health Gains is a project for the European Commission, specifically for DG Health and Consumers (DG Sanco), and the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers.

The goal of the project is to support the integration of health considerations into the programming and implementation of EU Cohesion Policy funds, and in particular to identify and link the health gains that come from non-health investments. For example, how will investment in walking or cycling paths promote health gains? How will training for better jobs support long-term health gains? How can programme managers identify existing and potential benefits?

The specific objectives of the project are to:

  1. Review and analyse how health considerations have been taken into account in the design and development of non-health investments in Cohesion Policy funds in the current spending period (2007 to 2013).
  2. Develop a web-based guide to health gains from Structural Fund spending, intended to help programme managers, decision-makers and health professionals address health considerations in the next spending period (from 2014 on).
  3. Pilot, test and validate the guide with officials in selected EU regions.
  4. Build capacity in the regions through a series of workshops.

The project runs from January 2011 until mid-2012. The web-based guide developed by the project will be available for Cohesion Policy programme managers and others to use after the work is finished.

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