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Municipal Health: Strengthening the Knowledge and Advisory Function with Follow-Up Impulse

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Municipal Health Services (GGDs) can apply for a follow-up boost to continue strengthening their position as regional collaboration partners for municipalities and as crucial links in the overarching learning network. Additionally, there is a follow-up subsidy available for partnerships to sustain the overarching learning network for health promotion and prevention. In this network, national knowledge parties exchange knowledge with each other and with GGDs, enhancing the overall health infrastructure.

The Healthy and Active Living Agreement (GALA) and Integrated Care Agreement (IZA) have established the need to fortify the knowledge function of GGDs. In February 2023, GGDs began this process with an initial ZonMw boost, setting up an overarching learning network with the help of subsidies. The ambitions outlined in GALA and IZA are substantial, requiring more knowledge on implementing and scaling recognized interventions across various domains and further enhancing GGDs’ knowledge and advisory functions. To address these needs, a follow-up initiative for the national learning network for health promotion and prevention is now underway, offering two distinct yet interconnected subsidies.

Municipal Health Services: Enhancing Knowledge and Advisory Functions with Follow-Up Impulse Subsidy

The follow-up impulse subsidy is designed to further bolster the knowledge and advisory functions of GGDs. This low-threshold subsidy encourages knowledge exchange between GGDs, municipalities, regional and national parties, and knowledge institutions, The objectives encompass both scientific insights and practical, experiential knowledge, including supporting municipalities in developing and implementing a local integrated approach to health promotion and prevention using recognized interventions, implementing chain approaches in local and regional contexts, monitoring and evaluating integrated approaches with recognized interventions, utilizing the GGD as a knowledge partner in drafting, updating, and periodically recalibrating regional plans and images, and facilitating knowledge exchange within a national learning network.

Each GGD can submit one subsidy application within this call, involving at least one municipality. Projects can receive up to €40,000 for a maximum period of 24 months, with the subsidy intended solely for GGDs. A personal contribution from the involved municipality is encouraged.


Municipal Health Partnership: Strengthening Knowledge Infrastructure for Health Promotion and Prevention with New Subsidy

The second subsidy targets a partnership comprising GGD GHOR, RIVM (Healthy Living Department), VNG, and at least two Academic Workplaces Public Health (AWPG). This subsidy aims to reinforce the knowledge infrastructure for health promotion and prevention. It will enable the learning network to foster knowledge exchange across local, regional, and national levels, integrating scientific knowledge with practical and experiential insights. The focus areas include:

Developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating a local integrated approach to health promotion and prevention using promising and recognized interventions. Effective and efficient collaboration among professionals from public health, the social domain, the healthcare domain, and, if applicable, the spatial domain.

The previous round of impulses, initiated in February 2023, has significantly raised the visibility of GGDs as regional collaboration partners for municipalities over the past 1.5 years. Through various projects, GGDs have advised and supported municipalities, exchanging knowledge among themselves and with national entities within the overarching learning network. These efforts have led to a more robust regional collaboration framework, enhancing the overall impact of health promotion and prevention initiatives.

This call for proposals is part of the ‘Knowledge Utilization and Implementation’ line of the Prevention Programme 2023-2026. The program aims to stimulate the impact of knowledge in prevention practice, focusing on the implementation of existing approaches and proven effective interventions. In addition to promoting knowledge utilization in practice, the program also supports research into effective implementation strategies tailored to specific contexts.

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Resource: Zonmw, July 10, 2024

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