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27 April 9h30-11h45, EUREGHA morning seminar “Mental health in the young: good practices and new initiatives”

In light of EUREGHA policy cycle on Mental Health, we are happy to invite you to the EUREGHA morning seminar focusing on Mental health in the young on 27 April, 9h30-11h45, at the Skåne European Office, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels.

According to WHO, 10-20% of children and young adults experience mental illnesses worldwide. Half of all mental disorders begin before they reach the age of 14 and three-quarters develop by mid-20s. If left untreated, these conditions have a great impact on children’s development, including their educational achievements and a potential to live fulfilling lives. The purpose of this event is to showcase good regional and local practices in the field of mental health in the young and to identify challenges as well as solutions that could lead to knowledge exchange and cooperation at European level.

During the event, we will have the opportunity to hear from and discuss with representatives from the EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Well-being (in 2017 they highlight work on mental health at schools as well as prevention of suicides), Mental Health Europe (MHE), as well as to learn about good practices in Region Östergötland (SE), Region Skåne (SE) and Flemish Region (BE).

To register, please send your name to Lina Papartyte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 24 April.

EUREGHA, together with the Skåne European Office, look forward to welcoming you on 27 April!



Co-organised by EUREGHA and Skåne European Office

27 April 9h30-11h45

Skåne European Office, Rue du Luxembourg 3, 1000 Brussels

9h00 Coffee and registration

9h30 Welcome from EUREGHA

9h40 The EU-Compass for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing
Claudia Marinetti, Programme manager, Eurohealthnet (Consortium partner of EU-Compass)

9h55 New initiatives and experiences in the field of mental health in the young
Alva Finn, Human Rights and Policy Officer, Mental Health Europe (MHE)

10h10 Mental Health among the young, good practice from Region Östergötland
Charlotte Lindqvist, Healthcare strategist, Region Östergötland, Sweden

10h30 Mental Health among the young, good practice from Region Skåne
Anja Nyberg and Thilia Nyberg, Region Skåne, Sweden

11h00 Promoting self-education and mental health of young people in Flanders: the 'NokNok - webtool' and 'Warm cities'
TBC,Fanya Verhenne, Flemish Institute for Health promotion and Disease prevention (VIGeZ), Flemish Region, Belgium

11h15 Q&A session

11h45 End of meeting

Primary care reform in Flanders: towards integrated care

On 5 April, EUREGHA member, a representative of Flanders Agency for Health and Care (BE), Solvejg Wallyn, presented a Flemish experience evaluating the maturity of integrated care in the region during the EIP on AHA B3 Action Group on Integrated Care meeting in Brussels.

As an introduction, Wallyn explained that Belgium has a liberal system of primary care service provision with a large therapeutic freedom for physicians and freedom of choice for patients. She further explained that this liberal system is a challenge to get an integrated care approach organised considering the increasing number of patients with chronic diseases.

Later on, the presentation focused on the creation of framework conditions for the reform as well as the preparation of legislation, re-allocation of personnel and resources, alignment of different movements between professional actors and sectors, necessary for a successful transition.

Flanders Agency for Health and Care carried out a self-assessment exercise applying the maturity model for integrated care developed by Scaling Integrated Care in Context (SCIROCCO). The aim was to assess the maturity of the Flanders’ health system reform to adopt integrated care as well as to identify how confident they are in the process of change management. The tool can also be used as a benchmark for own progress and can be shared with other regions.

The diagram presents maturity dimensions in 12 domains:

  1.  Readiness to change;
  2. Structure and governance;
  3.  Information and eHealth services;
  4.  Standardisation and simplification;
  5.  Finance and funding;
  6.  Removal of inhibitors;
  7.  Population approach;
  8.  Citizen empowerment;
  9.  Evaluation methods;
  10. Breadth of ambition;
  11. Innovation management, and
  12. Capacity building.
model 1

Spider diagram: Results from self-assessment

Solvejg Wallyn shared with the audience that the Scirocco Self-Assessment Tool is a very easy to use tool and can give you a first look overview on where you stand. It helps to capture the lessons learnt and could be used to measure evolution of own system. There are also tutorials available on how to use the tool.


5 April, SUNFRAIL project seminar in Brussels

On 5 April, in relation to the EIP-AHA B3 Action Group meeting, EUREGHA organised the SUNFRAIL project seminar to present preliminary project results and good practices in the early identification of frailty and multimorbidity using the SUNFRAIL tool. The event in Brussels gathered almost 50 participants representing a wide range of regional offices and other stakeholders in health.

After opening speeches from Arnaud Senn, DG SANTE European Commission, and Maria Luisa Moro, director of Agenzia Sanitaria e Sociale Emilia-Romagna Region, the general SUNFRAIL project objectives and the SUNFRAIL Tool were presented.  

SUNFRAIL aims at 1) designing an innovative, integrated model for the prevention and management of frailty and care of multimorbidity; 2) validating the model: assess existing systems and services targeting frailty and multimorbidity; 3) assessing the potential for the adoption/replication and sustainability of the model in different organizational contexts; and 4) promoting the dissemination of the results.

Subsequently, the SUNFRAIL Tool was presented. The tool consists of a questionnaire, containing nine questions addressing both the biophysical, psychological and socio-economic aspects of frailty. The SUNFRAIL tool was presented alongside the process of verification of its applicability in the current professional practice, its understandability by the older subjects and the process of generating an alert and possible care pathways.

During the second part of the event, project partners, who are also Reference Sites in the EIP-AHA, presented good practices in early identification of frailty and multimorbidity. The region of Piedmont (IT) presented an advanced learning program for Family and Community Nurses together with CONSENSO project, a successful attempt to scale up the practice. A good practice identified in Southern HSC Trust in Northern Ireland (UK) is Acute Care at Home Service, which is a consultant-led community service for acute, non-critical care in community setting.

Emilia-Romagna region (IT) presented a predictive model to classify patients by risk profile (high risk of hospitalisation and frailty) and ways to take care of them. PERSSILAA project about personalised ICT supported services for independent living and active ageing was showcased by a representative from Campania Region (IT). The Medical University of Lodz (PL) presented the Vulnerable Elders Survey (VES-13) as a screening tool for comprehensive geriatric assessment. Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Montpellier (FR) introduced to the audience Allergy Diary focusing on the implementation of multi-sectoral care pathways using emerging technologies with real world data, for individualized and predictive medicine stressing the importance of self-care in rhinitis and asthma multimorbidity.

To read more about each good practice, please follow the links in the article. The PPT presentations will be made available here.SUNFRAIL 1

SUNFRAIL seminar: preliminary results and good practices

EUREGHA, as part of the SUNFRAIL project team, is delighted to invite you to a SUNFRAIL seminar in Brussels on 5 April to share with you the preliminary results achieved throughout the first two years of the project.

During the event, you will have an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the SUNFRAIL Tool for the identification of frailty and multimorbidity, and to hear more about good practices for the identification of frailty and multimorbidity collected by the project partners. The agenda for the event can be found following this link. Other project outputs can be accessed here.

Event details: 

Date: 5 April, 15:30 – 17:30

Venue: Room 1C, Albert Borschette Conference Centre, European Commission, 36 Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels

Registration: Please register here by 27 March

JA-CHRODIS Final Conference

The Final Conference of the CHRODIS Joint Action will take place in Brussels on 27 and 28 February. The first day of the conference will try to answer how the outcomes of this European collaboration can be taken up, while the second day will focus on joining forces and moving forward to addressing chronic diseases across Europe.

The Work Package (WP) on multimorbidity will steer the discussion on how a comprehensive care model for multimorbid patients can be implemented. Further talks will centre around what needs to be considered for the exchange and transfer of good practices in health promotion and disease prevention. The last point in the thematic session will present the lessons learnt in the prevention and care of chronic diseases. The case studies will be on diabetes, complementing on what was presented during the last JA-CHRODIS workshop at the European Parliament in November 2016.

The second day will gather many prominent figures in health including, but not limited to, Commissioner Andriukaitis, the head of the Health division at OECD Colombo, Spanish Minister of Health, etc. They will be involved in discussions such as how policy makers can use JA-CHRODIS results to address the chronic disease challenge and the ageing society. Furthermore, the ways in which JA-CHRODIS can help address the sustainability of our health systems will be explored.

The conference agenda and registrations are available following this link.

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