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Interreg makes an impact!

Explore how people in the Baltic Sea region have been benefitting from our projects

#MadeWithInterreg solutions for

People’s health and well-being

From novel ways to improve people’s comfort and well-being to empowering public authorities to raise health care services to another level

What are we doing?

By bringing experts from various organisations across sectors and pooling from their experiences, Interreg projects bring health care services to another level. How? By testing and – afterwards – putting into common practice new methods, technologies and approaches to health and well-being. People’s safety and comfort in multiple daily routines and situations have been the guiding stars for many of our projects. Listening to people’s needs and responding to them – by working together – the key to success.

Examples of #MadeWithInterreg solutions:
  • art activities used as medical treatment
  • sensory gardens for children with traumatic experiences
  • interactive gardens to level up health services offer
  • friendlier hospital experience for children
  • new cross-sectoral cooperation for promoting healthy lifestyle
  • novel health applications
  • closer cooperation with laboratories for fast innovation in health
  • safer and more comfortable home environment for the elderly

 

What we’ve done so far

In the mid-2000s, projects focused on shaping sustainable public health planning, with the support of the World Health Organisation. Project partners got enormous support from over 33,000 respondents to a more bottom-up approach in public health policies emphasising participation, communication, and commitment.

From 2016 to 2021, projects provided access to new digital mobility solutions for elderly and young people in villages, offering transport-on-demand and rural car sharing. Projects took an innovative approach to developing new tools. Public health authorities and SMEs designed eHealth apps together with children and young people, to improve health behaviour and physical activity among adolescents. SMEs and universities collaborated to design smart furniture for elderly to enhance their life quality and independence in their home environment.

Ongoing projects

The ongoing projects are exploring, among other things, how non-therapy creative art activities as well as appeal to senses and contact with nature can improve mental well-being of adults and children, also those with traumatic experiences. An important topic is also related to handling psychosocial risks at work. Some projects delve into the potential of digitalisation and artificial intelligence to improve the quality of health care services quality across the region.

Explore the project solutions in detail:

Arts on Prescription

Arts on Prescription in the Baltic Sea Region
Public authorities work together with culture and health institutions to prescribe art activities for people with mental health challenges instead of traditional treatment.

A ready-made programme of using art improve mental well-being of people is available to others in the region.

Read more about the project

KidsLikeUs

Empowering NGOs & public institutions in helping children overcome migration traumas using creativity and favors of nature
Educators, public authorities and NGOs showcase how contact with nature via sensory gardens and appeal to all senses improves mental well-being of children with traumatic experiences.
Read more about the project

MentalHealthMatters

Mental Health Matters – Making Enterprises in the BSR more Resilient by Tackling Psychosocial Risks in the Workplace
The project MentalHealthMatters connects public health experts and employers to prevent psychosocial risks at the workplace and thus improve the well-being of employees.
Read more about the project

Mobile Hospital

Mobile Hospital, Digital counseling environment for children and families
The project Mobile Hospital develops a mobile application that helps children and their families experience authentic hospital surroundings and better prepare for a hospital visit.
Read more about the project

INTERACTIVE GARDENS

Integrated system for interactive public garden development in Baltic Sea Region
In the project INTERACTIVE GARDENS, public authorities develop a system of interactive public gardens in order to improve health services for people, and thus better meet their well-being, social and educational needs.
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CAIDX

Clinical Artificial Intelligence-based Diagnostics
The project CAIDX establishes cooperation between artificial intelligence (AI) providers and healthcare institutions to help healthcare professionals integrate AI, and thus improve diagnostics and treatment.
Read more about the project

Healthy Boost

Urban Labs for Better Health for All in the Baltic Sea Region - boosting cross-sectoral cooperation for health and wellbeing in the cities
Healthy Boost helped local authorities to enhance health and well-being of citizens through cross- sectoral cooperation.
Read more about the project

BaltCityPrevention

Baltic Cities tackle lifestyle related diseases – The development of an innovative model for prevention interventions targeting public health authorities in the Baltic Sea Region
The Interreg project BaltCityPrevention helped public health authorities in the cities around the Baltic Sea to better promote healthy lifestyle, introduce eHealth technologies and strengthen cooperation between public health authorities and business.
Read more about the project

ProVaHealth

Product Validation in Health
The Interreg project ProVaHealth engaged 14 health laboratories, improved their access to start-ups as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, and scaled up the challenging health innovation in the Baltic Sea region.
Read more about the project

Results stay with the people: listen to our #InterregVoices:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©Arts on Prescription

[Healthy Boost] allowed us to discuss with peer cities the challenges and opportunities to better communicate about health and wellbeing services to citizens (...). Through a game, we encouraged Turku city employees to improve cross-sectoral cooperation, enhance their communication skills and involve Turku city residents in decision-making on health-related issues.

 

 

 

Marta Ciesielska

Project partner at Arts on Prescription
Marshal’s Office of the Westpomeranian Region, Poland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©City of Turku

[Healthy Boost] allowed us to discuss with peer cities the challenges and opportunities to better communicate about health and wellbeing services to citizens (...). Through a game, we encouraged Turku city employees to improve cross-sectoral cooperation, enhance their communication skills and involve Turku city residents in decision-making on health-related issues.

Minna Arve

Mayor of Turku, Finland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©CAIDX

The use of AI can be become a safe and feasible reality for European healthcare though CAIDX. We plan to create a set of freely available tools to support hospitals and AI developers (companies) in the must needed collaborative environment towards uplifting the use of AI in clinical diagnostics.

Monica Recabarren

CAIDX Project leader; Aailborg University Hospital, Denmark