Evidence and evidence-informed practice
  • European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
    Survey conducted in a harmonized method to ensure comparability among Member States, to measure the health status, lifestyle (health determinants) and use of health care services of European Union citizens. (European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety)
  • European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs
    To collect comparable data on substance use among students 15–16 years old in as many European countries as possible. (ESPAD)
  • Good practice database
    Includes examples of projects and other initiatives for health equality implemented at European Union, national, regional or local level (EuroHealthNet, European Union)
  • Guide to community preventive services (the community guide)
    Helps people to choose programmes and policies to improve health and prevent disease in the community. The current review covers interventions to reduce health inequity among racial and ethnic minorities and low-income populations. (United States Government)
  • Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
    The HBSC was designed for understanding young people’s health in their social context (where they live, at school, with family and friends). Researchers in the network study how life factors, individually and together, influence young people’s health as they move from childhood to young adulthood. (HBSC research network, WHO collaborative cross-national survey)
  • Resource of health systems actions to address socially determined health inequality [database]
    Reviews examples of health system action as part of joint action between WHO/Europe and the European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumers to address socially determined health inequalities. Designed to assist policy-makers and practitioners in reviewing examples of action to extract relevant knowledge for application in practice and for transfer to different contexts. It contains 15–20 examples of national, subnational and local actions to address social determinants of health inequality in relation to the principles for good practice and includes access to detailed material on these examples (including peer-reviewed, published case studies) and a link to relevant data on inequalities on the WHO/Europe website, specifically the inequalities atlas and country profiles being prepared in the joint action between WHO/Europe and the European Commission. Users can search within and across examples. (WHO/Europe)
  • Health Evidence Canada
    This database creates a systematic review-level evidence overview of the effectiveness of public health interventions, programmes, services and policies on public health.
  • Addressing the socioeconomic determinants of healthy eating habits and physical activity levels among adolescents
    Outcome of the 2006 WHO HBSC, the HBSC background paper and 10 case studies. Selection of healthy eating habits and physical activity as the theme for Forum 2006 corresponded to a marked rise in the prevalence of child and adolescent obesity in Europe. (WHO/Europe)
  • Concepts and principles for tackling social inequities in health: levelling up, part 1
    Presents concepts and principles for action to tackle social inequities in health. The evidence points to the existence of extensive (and widening) social inequities in health in Europe today, highlighting the need to take action to reduce these inequities and their root causes as an ever more pressing, major public health challenge and calling for a new way of thinking about the direction of policy and renewed vigilance in monitoring the effects, to ensure that no segment of the population is excluded. (WHO/Europe)
  • European strategies for tackling social inequities in health: levelling up, part 2
    Presents strategies for action to tackle social inequities in health. Good practice and effective measures to tackle social inequities in health will ensure that health systems do not perform short of their potential. The content is conceived within a performance framework for health systems. It also describes major determinants outside the health system, such as types of economic growth strategies, inequities in income, poverty, unemployment and education. (WHO/Europe)
  • Improving equity in health by addressing social determinants
    Describes actions to improve health equity that are based on findings from the nine global knowledge networks established by the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, which synthesized evidence and identified effective, appropriate actions to improve health equity in nine thematic areas. (WHO)
  • Putting our own house in order: examples of health system action on socially determined health inequalities
    Designed to assist policy-makers and practitioners working in a policy environment in taking action to address socially determined health inequalities and to, for example: (1) address socially determined health inequalities, with examples of existing health systems actions, including good practices; (2) take action within overall health system strengthening to address inequalities, including examples; (3) improve the health of vulnerable groups such as people living in poverty or who are marginalized or vulnerable because of competing factors such as ethnicity; (4) reduce social gradients or the gaps between social groups; and (5) put into practice the findings and recommendations of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health in their country. (WHO/Europe)
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