Improving the health of those in isolated and vulnerable situations
EuroHealthNet is part of the Consortium that under a service contract with the European Commission will explore how best to improve the health of people who are living in vulnerable and isolated situations across Europe. The project targets specific vulnerable and isolated populations such as children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds; those living in rural/isolated areas; those with physical, mental and learning disabilities or poor mental health; the long-term unemployed; the inactive; the ‘in-work poor’; older people; victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence; people with unstable housing situations (the homeless); and prisoners.
Due to their circumstances, these groups may be more at risk of poor health and/or face barriers in accessing healthcare services. The project will assess their particular health needs and challenges, as well as identify best practices to support them and ultimately improve their health.
Over its two-year lifetime, the ‘VulnerABLE’ project will involve:
- Interviews with individuals and organisations who work first-hand in the field of health inequalities (such as the World Health Organisation and local authority networks);
- Detailed research into the health needs of people in isolated and vulnerable situations, including a face-to-face survey and in-depth focus groups with them;
- Bringing together the leading thinkers in this area and enabling them to contribute to future strategies to prevent isolation and vulnerability;
- Training materials and capacity-building workshops for national and regional authorities who are active in delivering healthcare services and who have a vital role to play in tackling health inequalities;
- Regular news updates, direct communication with experts and a one-day conference to spread awareness of the project’s findings amongst national and regional authorities; public health experts; health professionals; and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
You can find more information about the project here.