Here are some links to websites and to web-based tools that are relevant to planning and health. The links will open in a new tab.

These provide further information and methods to address health gains in Structural Fund spending.

We have grouped our selection under the following headings.

EU [top]

DG Sanco

DG Sanco work to make Europe a healthier, safer place, where consumers can be confident that their interests are protected. Public health is in their remit and the link above will take you to the page for public health.

European Environment Agency (EEA)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Their task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. They are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.

European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

An EU agency with the mission to identify, assess and communicate current and emergent threats to human health from communicable diseases. From its centre in Stockholm, the agency works in broad partnership with the major public health actors in Europe.

European Agency for Health and Safety at Work (EU-OSHA)

An EU agency which is the main EU reference point for safety and health at work, raising awareness and supporting a risk prevention culture in workplaces, analysing scientific research and statistics and sharing good practice with key stakeholders such as governments employers and trade unions.

EU projects [top]

EUREGIO III (EIII)

This project supports the innovative approach of using Structural Funds for health. It is targeted at funding for the health sector and shows the range of innovation within health systems. The general objective of this project is to extend the results of EUREGIO to identify & share best actions for the effective use of structural funds for health & help reduce health inequalities among EU regions.

It is a resource to help Member States, regional and local authorities and actors to develop, apply and implement Structural Funds projects for health gain and so is similar to this current resource. The key difference with this guide is that EIII focuses on investments in the health sector.

ISARE project

This project seeks to identify appropriate health regions at sub-national administrative levels. Most of these regions correspond to one of the levels of the NUTS classification (1, 2 or 3). The site contains a range of useful reports although you will need a password to get access to some of the information.

The I2SARE project – extends the ISARE project – unfortunately this site appears to carry a warning about malware so beware if you choose to use it – the aim of I2SARE is to produce a health profile for each region of the European Union.

Equity Action

This is a Joint Action of Member States to develop the knowledge base for action on health inequalities. This has a growing database of resources from different Member States. It is a relatively new site and they are interested in your knowledge and experience.

Crossing Bridges this complements the ‘Joint Action' and sits on the same site. It will explore inter-sectoral collaboration in education, transport/planning and developing the capacity to undertake Health in All Policy approaches (HiAP).

World Health Organization [top]

World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe

WHO Europe works with 53 countries with a total population of over 880 million people. WHO/EURO shares a common goal: ensuring that the Region’s citizens enjoy better health.

WHO European Healthy Cities Network

The WHO European Healthy Cities Network consists of cities around the WHO European Region that are committed to health and sustainable development: more than 90 cities and towns from 30 countries. They are also linked through national, regional, metropolitan and thematic Healthy Cities networks. A city joins the WHO European Healthy Cities Network based on criteria that are renewed every five years.

The Adelaide Statement on Health in All Policies

This short document outlines the need for a new social contract between all sectors. The aim is to advance human development, sustainability and equity, as well as to improve health outcomes.

The statement is intended to engage leaders and policy-makers at all levels of government - local, regional, national and international. It emphasizes that government objectives are best achieved when all sectors include health and well-being as a key component of policy development.

Impact assessment [top]

Health Impact Assessment Blog

News and information on Health Impact Assessment (HIA). This blog features regular postings and it is an activity of the International Association for Impact Assessment's Health Section.

Health Impact Assessment Gateway

The HIA Gateway (funded by the Department of Health, England) provides access to resources and information on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for those new to HIA, practitioners of HIA and those wishing to commission HIAs or some other health-related Impact Assessment process. It contains a wealth of resources and a dedicated section looking at health-related Strategic Environmental Assessment). It is both a National and International site.

Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU)

WHIASU's key roles are:

  • supporting the development and effective use of the approach in Wales through building partnerships and collaborations with key statutory, voluntary, community and private organisations in Wales
  • providing direct information and advice to those who are in the process of conducting HIAs
  • contributing to the provision of new research, and providing access to existing evidence, that will inform and improve judgements about the potential impacts of policies, programmes and projects.

Resource manual for Strategic Environmental Assessment

This was prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe & the Regional Environmental Center for Central & Eastern Europe. Human health is covered briefly and the site provides some links to additional information.  

Tools [top]

NHS Healthy Urban Development Unit (UK)

The Healthy Urban Development Unit is based in London, England. It aims to improve communication between the health sector and local authorities across London. The site contains some excellent and very practical resources. They are written for an English audience and are aimed at local, or municipal, authorities but the lessons and approaches will also be of interest to regions and Member States across Europe.

Urban health equity assessment and response tool (Urban HEART)

Urban HEART is a tool intended to give policy-makers and key stakeholders at national and local levels a user-friendly guide to assess and respond to urban health inequities. It is developed by WHO Kobe Centre and currently being pilot-tested in five countries: Brazil, India, Iran, Philippines and Zambia.

Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT)

This is an interactive tool to help planners and policy-makers estimate the economic savings resulting from reductions in mortality as a consequence of regular cycling and/or walking. It has been applied in Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The Healthy Development Measurement Tool

The Healthy Development Measurement Tool is for planners, public agencies and neighbourhood groups. It is intended:

  • as a screening tool to evaluate projects, identify benefits and needs for improvement, and develop recommendations for improvement;
  • to evaluate the merits and health impacts of development projects and plans;
  • to inform design choices; and
  • to demonstrate benefits of projects.

The tool focuses on several San Francisco neighbourhoods, and provides a comprehensive and practical resource.

Networks and professional associations [top]

European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

EUPHA is an umbrella organisation for public health associations and institutes in Europe.

The International Association for Impact Assessment

IAIA is a global network on best practice in impact assessment. It supports informed decision-making regarding policies, programmes, plans and projects. The link above takes you to their publications page. There is useful information throughout the site.