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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L
H E A L T H : D I S E A S E R E S E A R C H
communicable Diseases for member states
and other partners to make this a key priority
issue. More than 80% of the burden of
disease in the EU is from chronic diseases. It’s
also a key factor in healthcare expenditure,
and so it is important that we play our role as
the EU to help member states to address this
important question.
“We hope that CHRODIS will give us a first
overview of what is existing in terms of good
practice in addressing chronic diseases, and
we are hoping for very specific outcomes in
terms of better understanding patient
pathways, using diabetes as an example, and
understanding the situation of patients and the
multimorbidity of different conditions. In all of
this we hope for specific guidance which can
then support member states in the future and
on which we can build future work after this JA
has come to an end.”
Work packages
The scheme is built upon seven work packages,
namely ‘Co-ordination’, which organises the
whole project and manages the resources, as
well as building on the sustainability of the JA
working together with the governing board. The
work package also co-ordinates JA-CHRODIS’s
collaboration with other stakeholders and
European initiatives, notably the European
Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy
Ageing (EIP-AHA). Both JA-CHRODIS and EIP-
AHA share similar aims and objectives,
including common partners. The two initiatives
collaborate to build greater success.
The second work package, entitled
‘Dissemination’, focuses on providing both the
activities and results of the JA but also directly
concentrates on the process of dissemination
of good practices by informing about the
availability of the ‘Platform for Knowledge
Exchange’ (PKE) work package to stakeholders.
The ‘Evaluation’ work package assesses the
success of JA-CHRODIS, whilst the PKE deals
with the implementation of this platform. The
next work package is entitled ‘Health promotion
he Joint Action on Chronic Diseases (JA-CHRODIS) is a
multinational collaboration scheme that brings together over
60 associated and collaborating partners from across
Europe. Comprising national and regional departments of health and
research institutions from 26 EU member states, the partners
involved work together to identify, validate, exchange and
disseminate good practice on chronic diseases across all Union
member states, as well as facilitating the uptake of the JA across
local, regional and national borders.
JA-CHRODIS focuses on ‘good practices in health promotion and primary
prevention of chronic disease and their transferability’, ‘guidelines on
innovative and effective care for multimorbid patients’, and encouraging
‘European co-operation in Type 2 diabetes’.
The JA is a three-year initiative running from 2014-2017 and is led by
the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII), the main public research entity
funding, managing and undertaking biomedical research in Spain; ISCIII
is based in the capital Madrid.
JA-CHRODIS is a funding instrument of the third EU Health Programme
2014-2020 and is financed by the EU and its member states in order to
‘address specific priorities’ under the programme, within which it is the
largest JA.
In an online video on JA-CHRODIS published in February, Michael
Hubel, head of the Programme Management and Diseases Unit, Public
Health Directorate, DG Health and Food Safety in the European
Commission, explained the background: “The JA is part of our response
to the challenge posed by the UN High Level Meeting on Non-
Good practice, good progress
Travelling to Brussels,
carries the thoughts of JA-CHRODIS’s
Teresa Chavarría
at the joint action’s first General Assembly, where she
emphasised the sharing of knowledge in 2015
significant emphasis
on collaboration,
both between EU
member states and
with EIP-AHA
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