Dialogue (2009) PDF Print E-mail
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Dialogue was a project idea that 14 partners developed and applied for funding through the Baltic Sea Region programme 2007 – 2013.

The Lisbon/Gothenburg strategies underline the integration of environment, economy and social conditions equally in sustainable development. Good and equally distributed health resources are fundamental to sustainable economic growth. Despite an overall improvement in health, the health among different socioeconomic groups improving differently, which create unequal opportunities for economic growth, often in specific geographical local communities.  It has been documented, that many resources; human, social and economical capital are lost due to poor health and its consequences. In an EU context there is increased political awareness of the problem, unfortunately it has been difficult to demonstrate effective means of interventions to counteract the development. Thus it is crucial to further raise the understanding of the issue and the need for innovative solutions in regional and local economic development policy making and planning.

The main objective was to develop and implement innovative integrated approaches for policy makers and practitioners at regional and local level, so different policy sectors would take health and health development into account when developing a sustainable social, environmental and economic policy. DIALOGUE wanted to promote sustainable development through dialogue between countries, sectors, research and practise.

Specific objectives were:

  1. To raise awareness and  create understanding in all relevant sectors at regional and local level of socio-economic determinants of health and the impact of health on a sustainable economic development.
  2. To support project partners in the process of planning, analysing, and implementing a number of potential demonstration projects showing the added value and attractiveness for a society.
  3. To ensure access to the latest research and Best Practise with relevance for the integrated approaches
  4. To develop supporting materials to train and build capacity at regional and local level – in cooperation with regional, local and national competence centres; e.g. universities and other higher education institutions.
  5. To  ensure the exchange of knowledge and experiences between the project partners
  6. To document and evaluate the integrated approaches in a cross border, crosscultural intersectoral transferable methodology
  7. Establish a knowledgebase of results gained in DIALOG and disseminate the results within the Baltic Sea Region and beyond.


  1. Region of North Denmark
  2. Oestfold County Council, Norway
  3. Broenderselv municipality, Denmark
  4. Municipality of Vejle, Denmark
  5. Municipality of Holbaek, Denmark
  6. Nordic School of Public Health, Sweden
  7. County Council of Östra Götland, Sweden
  8. University of Linköping, Sweden
  9. Baltic Region Healthy Cities association, Finland
  10. Jurmala municipality, Latvia
  11. District Council of Saldus, Latvia
  12. Vidzeme planning region, Latvia
  13. City of Warsaw, Poland
  14. WHO Healthy cities network, Norway

Associated organisations were:

  1. Assembly of European Regions – AER
  2. Danish Healthy City Network
  3. Women´s Health Counts – in St. Petersburg – Russia
  4. The Municipality for Cherepovet - Russia


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