Budget: € 14,3 million
Funding: Ministry of Health, Welfare & Sports and the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research
During the first stage of the programme, nine partnerships were established between municipal health services (‘GGD’) and universities. These partnerships are known as the Academic Collaborative Centres for Public Health. They provide a context for collaboration between practitioners, policy makers and researchers, in which projects can be conducted covering the various themes in public health. The Centres thus support evidence-based action by municipal health services aimed at strengthening public health care.
In the first stage, the specific goals of the programme were:
At the end of the first stage of the programme, the following practical results have been achieved:
It has been found that bringing practitioners, policy makers and researchers and the education sector closer together, requires a long-term investment.
Within the nine Academic Collaborative Centres, these public health themes are covered: