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
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
1 Innovation
objective
1.3 Non-technological innovation

Healthy Boost

The Healthy Boost project addresses the health burden of city residents due to unhealthy lifestyles. Cities such as Poznan, Klaipeda, Jelgava, Tartu and Turku experiment with different methods of community participation, health learning or cross-sectoral cooperation. The main objective of the project is to make urban policies for health and well-being more innovative, more effective and more integrated. This includes work on cross-sectoral cooperation with potential to be used in other fields as well.
Project summary

Cross-sectoral cooperation can boost health and wellbeing in the Baltic cities

The Healthy Boost project brings together fourteen partners representing different levels of governance within various sectors. Their aim is to improve the capacities of local authorities to enhance health and well-being of citizens through cross-sectoral cooperation.

What’s the problem and Healthy Boost solution?

The project addresses the transnational challenge of the health burden due to unhealthy lifestyles of the city residents, which cannot be solved by the current fragmented, incoherent urban policies. The project wants to contribute to the improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – cross-sectoral urban policies. Healthy Boost enables the participation of citizens in planning policies for health and wellbeing, improves cross-sectoral cooperation in cities of the Baltic Sea region to support city administration in the provision of health services. In addition, the project enhances the innovativeness of the cities‘ administration in Baltic Sea region to respond better to current and future complex challenges in the municipalities.

What will stay after the project is over?

The main output of Healthy Boost project is a model for effective cooperation for cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing developed and tested by nine cities in six countries. Improved after the feedback from different stakeholders, it shall serve other cities in more integrated future work.

Budgets

Healthy Boost
in numbers
  • 2.54
    Million
    Total
  • 1.90
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.15
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Highlights by mid-term

The project developed a model for cross-sectoral cooperation for health promotion. It was based on scientific literature research and complemented by a self- assessment in the partner cities of Poznan, Klaipeda, Jelgava, Tartu and Turku. The self-assessment gave information of a city’s institutional capacity to implement cross-sectoral cooperation from two points of view: the formal structures for the cooperation (strategies, processes, practices) and the way cooperation works. The project identified gaps in five strategic and operational domains of cooperation: risk identification, leadership, communication, coordination, motivation.

After the model was completed, the partner cities ran several pilots along the lines of the specific roadmaps that the city partners designed beforehand (to set scope, timing, goals, actors). For instance, Jelgava Local Municipality developed a pilot concerning the creation of eco-friendly and healthy catering services for schools. Pilots found suitable ways of working with the virtual reality tools, for instance to display cycling routes in Klaipėda old town.

Throughout the project implementation partners were paired with the objective of enhancing the transnational peer-learning experience. The pairs were the followings:

  • City of Turku (FI) and the Association “Healthy cities, districts and villages” (RU)
  • Jelgava Local Municipality (LV) and Suwalki Municipality (PL)
  • City of Poznan (PL) and City of Helsinki (FI)
  • Tartu City Government (EE) and Klaipeda City Public Health Bureau (LT)

Outputs

Project Stories

Partners

City of Turku

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
446,753.30
60.451753122.2670522

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
231,755.00
60.167488124.9427473

SUCCEEDED by PP01 (01.03.2019) Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association

  • Town
    Turku
  • Region
    Varsinais-Suomi
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
2,200.00
60.451753122.2670522

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
134,742.68
54.898213923.9044817

Jelgava Local Municipality

  • Town
    Jelgava
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
52,920.00
56.64143723.7339107

Riga Stradiņš University

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
138,677.92
56.949397724.1051846

City of Poznań

  • Town
    Poznań
  • Region
    Miasto Poznań
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
145,495.00
52.400663216.91973259178088

Suwalki Municipality

  • Town
    SUWAŁKI
  • Region
    Suwalski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
109,700.00
54.10271249999999622.931878217494493

Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine

  • Town
    Lodz
  • Region
    Miasto Łódź
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
141,454.00
52.258470116.7440265

Västerbotten County Council

  • Town
    Um eå
  • Region
    Västerbottens län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
242,839.94
63.825656820.2630745

Association "Healthy cities, districts and villages"

  • Town
    Cherepovets
  • Region
    Vologda Oblast
  • Country
    Russian Federation
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
173,200.00
59.12869637.916389

Science Park Tehnopol

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
253,400.00
59.437215524.7453688

Tartu City Government

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lääne-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
139,140.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

City of Helsinki

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
198,980.01
60.167488124.9427473

Klaipeda City Public Health Bureau

  • Town
    Klaipeda
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
123,250.00
54.292469222.8131913