Many chronic diseases are preventable, or their onset can be delayed, through policies and interventions that address modifiable individual and social risk factors. Yet only 3% of health costs in EU Member States are presently invested in prevention measures, whereas about 97% are spent on treatment.

The EU Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases (September 2013) identified the potential that lies in systematically mapping, validating and transferring good practices that exist across the EU in relation to health promotion and primary prevention of chronic disease.

The aim of this JA-CHRODIS work package (WP 5) is to develop this potential. The focus is on cardiovascular diseases, stroke and type 2 diabetes. The work takes into account lifestyles and health-related behaviour as well as the socioeconomic determinants that influence them.



Country reviews on existing policies and mechanisms, also in relation to the identification of good practice. They also set out  gaps and needs in this area.

Led by EuroHealthNet


Identification of criteria for good practice in health promotion and disease prevention

Led by BZgA


Selection of 41 good practice approaches across Europe

Led by YPE


Conference to exchange and discuss good practices

Led by SMLPC


Five study visits and exchange of experiences with a focus on transferability of good practices

Led by EuroHealthNet

WP 5 Partners

WP leader and co-leader

Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA), Germany (leader)


Alexander Haarmann: [email protected]

EuroHealthNet (co-leader)


Anne Pierson: [email protected]
Anna Gallinat: [email protected]

Associated Partners

  • Andalusian Regional Ministry of Equality, Health and Social Policies (CISPSJA), Spain
  • Center for Health Education and Disease Prevention (SMLPC), Lithuania
  • Directorate General of Health (DGS), Portugal
  • European Institute of Womens Health (EIWH), Ireland
  • Directorate of Health (DOHI), Iceland
  • Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland
  • Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII), Spain
  • Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), Ireland
  • Ministry of Health (YPE), Greece
  • Ministry of Health (MINSAL), Italy
  • Ministry of Health and Care Services (HOD), Norway
  • National Centre of Public Health and Analysis (NCPHA), Bulgaria
  • National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Portugal
  • National Institute of Health (ISS), Italy
  • National Institute for Health Development (NIHD), Estonia
  • National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Netherlands
  • Progress and Health Foundation (FPS), Spain

Collaborating Partners

  • Consejería de Sanidad y Servicios Sociales, Comunidad Autónoma de Cantabria, Spain
  • Consejería de Sanidad y Asuntos Sociales, Comunidad Autónoma de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  • Dirección General de Asistencia Sanitaria, Agencia Valenciana de Salud, Spain
  • European Health Futures Forum (EHFF), UK
  • European Wound Management Association, Denmark
  • Ministry of Health, Cyprus
  • National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden
  • Pharmaceutical Group of the EU (PGEU)
  • Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe
  • Servicio Canario de Salud, Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias, Spain
  • University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • WHO Regional Office for Europe, Denmark
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