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Traineeship at EUREGHA Secretariat

EUREGHA is currently looking for a trainee to the Secretariat in Brussel for the period 1 September 2017 - 28 February 2018. The trainee will work closely with the Operations Manager in the daily coordination of the network's activities, including EUREGHA's participation in European projects.

For more information about the vacancy, please see here.

EUREGHA offers a dynamic working environment with the opportunity to gain broad experience in a wide range of health policy issues, communication, event management and with the possibility to develop a broad network at EU level.

Interviews will be conducted in July on an ongoing basis.

EUREGHA Member Emilia-Romagna participates in MyHealth project

EUREGHA Member Emilia-Romagna (Regional Agency for Health and Social Care) is a partner of the MyHealth project which kicked off in Luxembourg in May. 

MyHealth (Models to engage Migrants, Refugees and Ethnic Minorities in their health through Community Empowerment and Learning Alliance) is a three-year project co-funded by the EU Health Programme (2014-2020). It is coordinated by the Fundació Institut de Recerca Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron (ES) and brings together 11 partners from 7 EU Members States:




4. Florencia Young und Maria Luisa Di Como, GbR - Germany




Asserta Global Healthcare Solutions - Spain


10. REGIONE EMILIA ROMAGNA, Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regionale - Italy


The project aims at improving access to healthcare for vulnerable migrants and refugees, particularly women and unaccompanied minors who have recently arrived in Europe.  

Due to the global increase of migratory movements towards the EU – as an example, the number of asylum claims in 2015 doubled since 1992, whereof 29% were minors- supporting the inclusion and participation of migrants and refugees in our communities is of utmost important to reduce health inequalities. Project partners will collaborate to develop and implement models to engage vulnerable migrants and refugees in their health through community empowerment and learning. 

The main objective will be achieved through the development of a roadmap for effective community-based care models to improve physical and mental health care services and a feasibility test of community-based care models in different settings and countries. 

Foreseen project outcomes include:

  •  Online Interactive Map
  •  Pilot survey on current health status and concerns
  •  Identification of best strategies in health promotion
  •  Successfully evaluated Pilot Models
  •  Guide for integration of ICT Solutions for MREM.
For more information about MyHealth, please contact:
Nuria Serre, Fundació Institut de Recerca Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, SP – Project Coordinator
nserre.bcn.ics (at) gencat.cat [or: Francisco Collazos Pacocollazos (at) hotmail.com ]

Peggy Maguire, European Institute of Women’s Health Limited, IE – Responsible for the project dissemination activity
peg (at) eurohealth.ie

Maria Augusta Nicoli, Regione Emilia-Romagna, Agenzia sanitaria e sociale regionale – IT - Responsible for the project mapping activity
MariaAugusta.Nicoli (at) regione.emilia-romagna.it  [or: Giovanni Ragazzi giovanni.ragazzi (at) regione.emilia-romagna.it ]

EUREGHA morning seminar 27 April Mental Health in the Young: good practices and new initiatives

On 27 April, EUREGHA held a seminar on the topic “Mental health in the young: Good practice and new initiatives” at Skåne European Office. During the event, participants had the opportunity to hear from and discuss with representatives from European and regional level initiatives.

Claudia Marinetti (EuroHealthNet) introduced the EU Compass, an initiative introduced by the European Commission to exchange policies and practices in Member States and nongovernmental actors. EU Compass is led by Trimbos Institute (NL) and builds on the outcomes of the European-funded Joint Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013 – 2016). In 2016, thematic papers and yearly reports of good practices collected under the EU Compass focused on the prevention of depression; promotion of resilience; and provision of more accessible mental health services.

Alva Finn from Mental Health Europe (MHE), the largest umbrella organisation working on mental health at the EU level, briefed about the activities of MHE and walked the audience through statistics and some of the most important publications and legislation concerning youth mental health. Adocare report compares all EU Member States in the prevalence of the mental health problems and provision of treatment. MHE are pushing against a biomedical understanding of mental health towards psychosocial approach. Recognising that stigma is one of the biggest barriers to seeking help, MHE has launched an Anti-stigma campaign.

Charlotte Lindqvist, Region Östergötland (SE), presented the working of the regional “Youth Health Centres”. The centres were established in the 1980s, at the time primarily focusing on reproductive health. Over the years, the centres gradually increased their services span, adding psychosocial activities, such as talk therapies. The goal of the Youth Health Centres is to promote physical and psychological health based on high accessibility and sensitivity, taking adolescents seriously and making them feel safe. Examples of tasks include sexual health counselling, lifestyle talks, medical lab tests, LGBT questions, relationship problems, low self-esteem issues, etc.

Anja Nyberg and Thilia Nyberg presented the podcast ‘It’s ok’ that is currently used in Region Skåne (SE). Sick leave is increasing among the young, with some main diagnoses being depression, fatigue and stress. The podcast “It’s ok” was developed as a way of reaching out to young people about these issues and to hear from their own experiences. In total four podcast programmes were produced with two to three participants (18 - 30 years old). Discussions centred around the topics: 1) Why do we feel ill? 2) Drugs and alcohol 3) Suicide 4) Why do young adults feel ill?

Fanya Verhenne, from the Flemish Institute for Health promotion and Disease prevention (BE) presented two practices: the NokNok online web tool for youngsters and Warm cities – both focused on building resilience in adolescents and children. The philosophy behind NokNok is that “mental health is something that can be trained”. A very visual website gives access to information about common mental health problems and tips how to cope with them, you can further fill a personal mood diary and find activities with youth organisations. Warm cities intends to create actions to promote mental health through a community-based life cycle approach, identifying and responding to needs of persons in different situations, such as as a toddler in day care; a child with different cultural background; a teen who is bullied, etc. In 2019, five Flemish cities will have developed an integrative approach to improve mental wellbeing in children and the young (0 - 24 yrs.).

Examples of EU Compass good practices collected in 2016 can be accessed here. To submit your good practice for evaluation, please follow this link. More information is available in the EU Compass newsletter.

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.


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