YOUNG50 #Stay Healthy - Cardiovascular Risk Prevention

Presenting Young 50 screening program and best practice to the Public Health Bureaus 8th of June 2022

On the 8th of June 2022, the Centro Poliklinika team, participating in the Cardiovascular risk screening program for active prevention in fifty-year-olds, presented the objectives of Young 50 to a network of Public Health Bureaus. During the meeting, it was described how the program was adopted in the local setting and how the screening model was developed in Lithuania. The main activities on how to affect behavioral and medical risk factors of cardiovascular diseases during the program were described. The meeting was held remotely (online, using Teams).

Public Health Bureaus are public health care municipal offices established to implement public health functions assigned to municipalities by legal acts. During the meeting, over 80 representatives represented Public Health Bureaus, municipalities, and the Ministry of health. The object of the meeting was to identify bureaus willing to join the Young 50 project and overtake the best practices. It also discussed the financial and parts of the Young50 program that could be transferred.

The main functions of the public health bureaus are health promotion in the municipal community, health monitoring in the municipality, and communicable disease prevention in the municipality, and it lines perfectly with the Young50 project goals.

Public health monitoring in Lithuania is a purposefully organized and systematic collection, storage, and processing of information on the level of public health and risk factors that impact public health and cardiovascular prevention is one of the main priorities.

 After collecting comprehensive data on public health and factors that impact it, bureaus determine public health problems and priorities for public health improvement; also, based on objective information, we will plan and implement local public health promotion and prevention programs. Therefore after successfully transferring the Young50 program to Lithuanian settings, MoH, together with bureaus, is considering further project development.

Public health promotion – health education, spreading information about public health, promoting and forming a healthy lifestyle, and reducing behavior-based health risk factors will take place in the next steps of program development.


Presenting primary results of Young 50 and best practice to the LT MoH

On the 30th of May 2022, at the Department of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, Young 50 and EUPAP project activities were represented. The meeting lasted for 90 minutes. The main purpose of the meeting was to get acquainted with the current programs and the challenges implementing teams face. In addition, MoH was willing to identify further opportunities to integrate these programs into the National Prevention Programs and ensure their development nationwide. The presentation included a brief overview of the project and the idea of developing a prevention program into a best practice. Moreover, Centro poliklinika reported on the project's achieved goals and timeline. The role of the Centro poliklinika's management teams and its partners in implementing this program was also presented, as well as the project activities that have been carried out and the planned activities until the end of the project. The second part of the presentation was estimated to discuss technical aspects of the project: covering the program's implementation. The representatives of the Ministry were introduced to the selection to the program process and invitation procedures of persons who turned 50. The existing results were also revealed: the number of persons who have already participated, the detailed steps which are competed every single time and procedures in the prevention office was also handed over. The presentation of the used questionnaire in the program and its questions received considerable attention. The information technology tool developed by Centro poliklinika was also presented, showing the ability to enter all the necessary data into the portal and the tool's functionality to categorize participants into different risk groups. During the meeting, it was also discussed the number of preventive offices currently operating in the Centro poliklinika, their occupancy rates, the results of attendance, and the methodologies used to train staff. Patients' pathways were also outlined when they were at risk. The rest of the time was devoted to a question-and-answer session, the main objective of which was to identify areas of the prevention program that could complement the National Cardiac Prevention Program. Opportunities to further development of the project to strengthen the good practices identified during the program were also discussed.

This project was funded by the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020).

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