EU Health Commissioner on CHRODIS PLUS Joint Action

CHRODIS PLUS is a high level response from EU countries to step up together and share best practices to alleviate the burden of chronic diseases

The Joint Action supports Member States through cross-national implementation of policies and practices with demonstrated success identified in the JA-CHRODIS (2013-2016).

Altogether 16 policy dialogues and 22 pilot implementations form the core of the Action:

  • The policy dialogues (14 at national level, and 2 at EU level) raise awareness and acceptance in decision makers on improved actions to combat chronic diseases.
  • The pilot projects focus on the following areas: Health promotion & primary prevention, Integrated Multimorbidity care model, Fostering quality of care for people with chronic diseases, ICT based patient empowerment and Employment & chronic diseases.

A total of 42 beneficiaries representing 20 European countries will collaborate to implement pilots and generate practical lessons in this Joint Action.

Joint Action period: September 2017 – August 2020

Coordinator: Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
Scientific coordinator: Vilnius University Hospital Santaros Klinikos, Lithuania

Partners showing C for CHRODIS+ at the kick-off meeting

CHRODIS PLUS (2017-2020): Building on and continuing the work of CHRODIS Joint Action (2013-2016)


CHRODIS PLUS Joint Action Kick-Off Meeting

18-20 September 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania




Monday 18 September 2017

Public session at the Artis Centrum hotel Totoriu str. 23, 01120, Vilnius, Lithuania

9:00 – 10:00 –     Official opening session

– Minister of Health, Lithuania, Aurelijus Veryga

– European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis

– Director for non-communicable diseases of WHO/EURO, Gauden  Galea

10:00 – 10:30 –   Keynote speech Dr. Miklos Szocska, former Minister of State for Health of  Hungary

10:30 – 11:00 –   Presentation of the new joint action by the coordinator Antonio Sarria Santamera and the scientific coordinator Rokas Navickas

11:00 – 11:30 –   End of the public session with a coffee break

11:00 – 11:30 –   Press conference / options for press contact with Commissioner   V.Andriukaitis, representative of the Lithuanian Ministry of Health and Dr. G. Galea

11:30 – 12:15 –   Administrative aspects of joint action management – Marc Vandenbroeck, Chafea

12:15 – 13:15 –   Lunch break

13:15 – 14:00 –   Financial aspects of joint action management – Klara Kasnyik, Chafea

14:00 – 15:00 –   Questions and answers

15:00 – 15:30 –   Coffee break

15:30 – 17:00 –   Presentation of the horizontal work packages by the (co-)coordinators – Work Package 1, Work Package 2 and Work Package 3


Tuesday 19 September 2017

9:00 – 9:15 –     Introduction to the CHRODIS PLUS kick-off meeting – A. Sarria Santamerra

9:15 – 10:30 –   Presentation of each core work package (Work Package 4,  Work Package 5, Work Package 6, Work Package 7 and Work Package 8) by the (co-) coordinators

10:30 – 11:00 –   Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 –   Working groups according to the work packages

13:00 – 14:00 –   Networking lunch

14:00 – 17:30 –   Working groups continued (coffee break to be taken by the groups)

18.30 – 19.20 –   Group discussion on common methodology (piloting) in WP5, WP6  and WP7 (Lead by KRONIGUNE with WP 5,6,7 leaders and co-leaders)


 Wednesday 20 September 2017

8:15 – 9:15   –    Reporting back from the working groups: WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7 and WP8

9:15 – 11:15  –    Presentation and discussion on horizontal issues concerning various the partners:

– commonalities of the transfer/piloting methodology in WP5, WP6, WP7 (Methodology presentation by KRONIGUE)

– the policy dialogues (EHNet)

– organization of dissemination activities, GB and EB meetings, site visits and other events with a maximum benefit and communication impact (WP2)


Final Conference

Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across Europe



About the work of this
european partnership

CHRODIS Platform

Transferring good practices to prevent and manage chronic disease across Europe.

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Health Promotion

Good practice in health promotion and primary prevention of chronic disease, and their transferability.

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Guidelines on innovative and effective care for multimorbid patients.

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Type 2


European cooperation in diabetes as a case study for tackling chronic disease.

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The last JA-CHRODIS newsletter is now available!

  • “Together we fight the biggest challenge posed to EU health systems” – Read how JA-CHRODIS work can be used timely in tackling the chronic disease challenge at European level in the Editorial by Xavier Prats-Monné, Director General of DG SANTE
  • Discover the 12 steps towards implementing practices to reduce the burden of chronic diseases
  • See how European and national policy makers join forces to address chronic diseases during the JA-CHRODIS final conference
  • Read about work package leaders taking stock of what they achieved in JA-CHRODIS and the steps forward


12 Steps

12-steps_imageThe 12 Steps set out recommended actions when scaling up, transferring and implementing practices in order to reduce the burden of chronic diseases. They constitute a practical tool to inspire and guide healthcare professionals and policy makers in their work on the promotion of healthy ageing as well as prevention, management and care of chronic diseases.

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