Italy

Workplace Health Promotion: Lombardy WHP Network
Action

Network of “Health Promoting Companies”

Overview

The Lombardy Workplace Health Promotion Network involves 284 workplaces, employing 139,186 persons in November 2014. It is a public-private network, carried out by building partnerships and collaboration with main workplace stakeholders: associations of enterprises, trade unions and the regional health system. The network consists of companies (“workplaces”) that are committed to providing "environments conducive to health” through the implementation of evidence-based actions:

  • informational actions (smoking cessation, healthy eating, etc.);
  • organizational actions (canteens, snack vending machines, agreements with gyms, stairs health programmes, walking / biking from home to work, smoke-free environment, baby pit-stop, etc.); and
  • collaboration with others in the local community (associations, etc.).

Good practices were identified and a system of accreditation was defined. Member companies should implement good practice activities over three years and four new activities every year to maintain the "Workplace Health Promotion Site" logo. The areas of good practice are: nutrition, tobacco, physical activity, road safety, alcohol and substances, and well-being.

Impact

The Lombardy WHP Network aims to:

  • improve work organization and the working environment;
  • encourage staff to take part in healthy activities;
  • promote healthy choices; and
  • encourage personal development (empowerment).

Through these actions, the Network aims to create conditions for healthy and active aging and to prevent chronic diseases. This initiative targets the factors contributing to the majority of the burden of chronic non-communicable diseases: tobacco, poor diets, alcohol and lack of physical activity. There is evidence to support the use of health promotion activities in the workplace and there are potential benefits to be gained by employers investing in workplace programmes, such as reduced health care costs, saving on absence, and stress reduction.

The creation of intersectoral partnerships and alliances is also a key objective of this project.

REHACOP & REHACOG: brain training for prevention of disability
Action

REHACOP is a comprehensive and structured program with eight modules of work:

  • Attention
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Executive functions
  • Daily life activities
  • Social skills
  • Social cognition
  • Psychoeducation
Overview

REHACOP consists of a total of 300 easy-to-administer rehabilitation exercises, with instructions and solutions, guidelines for the assessment of change, monitoring cards and suggestions on homeworks. The exercises are structured cognitive subdomains and difficulty levels. REHACOP includes recommendations and guidance on how to assess the change or improvement, and how to collect and use the information in the working sessions with patients. The materials are practical, colourful and include instructions for patients and solutions for the therapist. It can be used in individual or group sessions and it is recommended that the therapist is trained in neuropsychology. Its effectiveness has been tested with various populations and result of this there are already several national and international scientific publications in journal of high scientific impact.

Impact
  • Elderly people living independently
  • Preventing Cognitive decline, dependency and dementia
  • Wellbeing and quality of life

See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22349843.

Salute & Risparmio (SARI 2000)
Action

SARI 2000 is an insurance service that aims to take care of everyone's health. We would like to allow anyone to benefit from high quality, timely and cost-effective diagnostic health services. We would like to develop and improve the prevention phase, extremely too expensive, both for the Sate and the traditional Insurances.is an insurance service and wants to take care of everyone's health. We would like to allow anyone to benefit from high quality, timely and cost-effective diagnostic health services. We would like to develop and improve the prevention phase, extremely too expensive, both for the Sate and the traditional Insurances.

Overview

We have been working for the past 15 years towards "4 stars healthcare": quality, timeliness, humanity, affordability.

Impact
  • Respect and social inclusion: increase in number of policies/strategies targeted at older people
  • Communication and information: increase in communication and information suitable for targeted at older people
  • Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
Campania Small Municipalities Collaborative Network (CosMic Net)
Action

Aim of this project is to create a network of small Municipalities in Campania Region, to build up their capacity to join European initiatives.

Overview

The current economic crisis has been determining a general reduction of the services provided to European citizen, due to spending reviews applied to the Health Care system, to the Social Services, to Schools. This has determined a further reduction of funding allocated to city environments and spaces, that are currently unfit to the challenge of an aging population. Most small municipalities do not possess alternative funding, and cannot sustain the initial investment required by the internationalization effort. This project aims to help create a network of small Municipalities in Campania Region and build up their capacity to participate in European initiatives.

Impact
  • Social participation: increase the number of older people who are socially active
  • Civic participation: increase in possibilities for active civic participation of older people
  • Community support and health services: increase in client-oriented and -centered made to measure health and social care and services
AUSER - The Service and Solidarity Self-Management Association
Action

Promoting intercultural solidarity through meetings, seminars and education activities

 

Overview

This Italian project promotes social inclusion and solidarity through the interactions of older people and immigrants in intercultural meetings and regional seminars. Meetings between older people and their families and the families of immigrants were organized with the aim of overcoming stereotypes and building intercultural awareness and exchange.

Impact

Evaluation showed increased self-esteem and awareness of those taking part, and a reduction of anxiety due to fear based on racial stereotypes. The project also led to improved communication and linkages across ethnic groups within the community, and greater openness and readiness to talk about “diversity” in society.