YOUNG50 #Stay Healthy - Cardiovascular Risk Prevention

September 29th: World Heart Day

World Heart Day is celebrated on 29 September with the aim of informing and making citizens aware of the importance of preventing cardiovascular diseases. The theme of the 2022 campaign is “Use your heart for every heart” and wants to draw attention to the importance of obtaining: equality in access…

Prevention is the most powerful weapon to keep the heart healthy

The Italian Alliance for Cardio-Cerebrovascular Diseases and the Italian Ministry of Health published a brochure entitled “How to prevent the cardiovascular diseases” which insists on the 3 main weapons to keep the heart healthy: a) prevention; 2) contrast to risk factors; 3) promotion of healthy lifestyles. This initiative aims to…

Are you doing research on preventive cardiology?

Submit your abstract and clinical cases for ESC Preventive Cardiology Congress 2023 Thursday, 13 April – Saturday, 15 April 2023  Malaga – Spain. ESC Preventive Cardiology is the annual congress of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC), the leading community for healthcare professionals involved in preventive cardiology, covering public…

Internationalisation processes in Italian regional healthcare systems – Leveraging international experiences to tackle cardiovascular health – Campania and the Young50 project

Stakeholder meeting Young50 project in Naples, 12 October 2022 – replicating the Cardio50 model. In the context of the Young50 EU project, ProMIS and Campania Region organized the Stakeholder meeting “The Internationalisation processes of the Italian Regions Health Systems. Facing the cardiovascular health in Campania according the International experiences: the…

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.

Published the 6th newsletter of the YOUNG50 Project

 

The Young50 project has published its 6th newsletter.

This edition of the newsletter places emphasis, in particular, on the Consortium Meeting, held last June 27th and 28th in Bilbao: the first meeting in the presence of the Consortium since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as on the second evaluation feedback drafted by the partner "Ca' Foscari University Foundation." This evaluation report describes the state of the art of the project after the first 33 months, providing evidence of compliance with the project status, achievement of the set objectives, any deviations with explanations, and corrective actions taken or proposed for implementation.

The newsletter also recounts the invitation that came to the YOUNG50 coordination team to contribute to an online discussion on "Addressing Cardiovascular Health in a Changed and Changing World." The titled event held on May 16 was organized by the independent think tank Friends of Europe, in collaboration with the European Alliance for Cardiovascular Health (EACH).

In addition, the newsletter includes (a) the launch of the EACH Cardiovascular Health Plan; (b) the kick-off of the "Healthier Together" initiative by the EC; (c) the promotion of the new European Society of Cardiology survey; (d) the publication of the "cardiovascular disease statistics 2021" report by the European Society of Cardiology; (d) presentation of the EC Study on interactions between physical activity and body weight; and (e) the launch of the MECKI score: the index that calculates the risk of death from heart failure

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