Best practices in health promotion and disease prevention

Best practices in health promotion and disease prevention

Stefan Schreck
Main Organisation
DG SANTE - Unit C1


Stakeholders are invited to submit their practices (projects, interventions) in the field of health promotion and disease prevention to the Best Practice Portal:

All submission are evaluated against a set of criteria proposed by DG SANTE and adopted by the Member States. Those practices which meet the criteria, are seen as "best" and published on the Best Practice Portal. In addition, the "owner" (i.e. project manager or coordinator) of the best practice received a certificate from the hands of DG SANTE, in collaboration with DG EAC and DG AGRI, see: and (tweets from 19 June).

In addition, all best practice owners could present their practice to Member State representatives in a workshop:…

Participation Spectrum

When and Where

Start Year

Policy Context

Science or Policy Field
Specific Topic
Health promotion and disease prevention, promoting a healthy lifestyle.


Who was involved
Other participants
How were the Participants selected?
Through what means citizens knew about the call for participation?
Wide online submission of the option to submit a practice e.g. via the Health Policy Platform.


Methodologies used
Methodology description
The evaluation used the criteria adopted by the Member States:
The practice owners actively communicated the fact that they received a certificate via social media.
Tools Used
Spaces Used


Main Outcomes and Lasting Achievement
Member States can indicate if they are interested to transfer a best practice to their country and such work can be supported from the EU Health Programme. The first projects selected in previous rounds (without awarding certificates) have started, so practices are already being transferred between countries.
How were the outcome taken up within the process they were carried out?
To early to say.
Feedback provided
Other Feedback
The certificates were the feedback
Were the methodologies used elsewhere?
We took the idea from presenting certificates from DG CNECT that presented certificates to regional authorities, but we focused on citizens i.e. the practice owners.


Reason for such challenges and solutions
Not all practice owners spoke English well, so in some cases they did not come themselves, but send a colleague who spoke English. The home institution of the practice in 2 cases did not see the benefit for the local level to receive a certificate of recognition in Brussels.
Lessons Learn
They are not involved in the process, but I learned that the EU-level is not known and seen as important at several local levels.
Even more information and presence of EU actors at local levels.