The Health Equity 2020 project Toolkit is designed to help European regions draw up evidence-based action plans to address socioeconomic health inequalities. The Toolkit documents are provided below.
The Toolkit is intended for everyone who wants to learn more about how to assess and address socioeconomic health inequalities in a regional setting (at a subnational level such as province, territory, district or municipality). Most of the tools are also relevant for anyone wanting to learn more about how to address socioeconomic health inequalities in a national setting especially in smaller EU member states.
The Toolkit helps regions carrying out evidence-based action planning in order to tackle health inequalities by using a structured approach. The Toolkit guides the reader through a step-by-step approach that can be sequential. But, if needed, it can also be used in a parallel or iterative way.
The four phases that are important in developing evidence-based action plans:
1: Needs assessment, 2: Capacity assessment, 3: Selecting entry points, 4: Impact assessment.
The Toolkit can be used with different starting points in the regions and different user knowledge levels, although some basic knowledge of health and health determinants is required.
Each tool has been shared with 10 participating regions which tested them in practice during the course of the project: Pomurje, Slovenia; Lodzkie, Poland; Vysočina, Czech Republic; Northern Great Plain, Hungary; Trenčín, Slovakia; Klaipėda District, Lithuania; Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, Covasna, Romania; Latvia; Tallin, Estonia. Based on the experiences of the regions and external reviews the Toolkit was revised and finalized.
The complete Toolkit and further resources are published online:
The Action Plans section provides examples of action plans developed by regions, and are included as a source of inspiration. In addition, a Practical Knowledge Database provides examples of actions that could reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health.
More information about the Health Equity 2020 project is available at: www.healthequity2020.eu.
Links to other relevant Publications: