Activating and Guiding the Engagement of Seniors through social media
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Regional Agency for Health - ARS

The coordinator of the project is the Regional Agency for Health - ARS (Agenzia Regionale Sanitaria) of Marche Region. ARS is the operative arm of the Health Service (Servizio Sanità), which is the organisational structure of the Regional Council responsible for “Health” in the Marche Region. The Health Service, besides its roles of economic and financial planning and strategic control, performance monitoring, and issues relating to human resources and accreditations, manages the development of the Health and Social-Health Regional Plan, with the view of promoting socio-health integration. It manages the Regional Social Policies and Social Inclusion Policies, for example in the fields of disability; immigration and refugees; extreme social excluded; drug addiction; extreme poverty; mental health. It manages the development of the Regional Social Plan, with particular care for older people, as well as the third sector, and no profit firms. It also manages policies related to family; childhood and youth; among others. The Health Service therefore, deals with all services related to public health, such as prevention programmes, public health actions, pharmaceutical, hospital, and primary care, and it is responsible for programming the system concerning the supply of health. In addition, it coordinates the implementation of guidelines for health policy, it programs and monitors health expenditure, it coordinates and monitors the actions of the local agencies of the national health system. ARS is particularly involved in tasks related for example to Clinical Governance, Socio-Health Integration, Health and Biomedicine Research, Innovation and Training, Technologies, Prevention, Primary and Hospital Care at regional, national, and European level.

Some of the EU projects include:

  • Psychonaut Web Mapping Project is a 2-year European Union funded project (January 2008-December 2009) with the aim of developing a web scanning system to identify and categorise novel recreational drugs/psychoactive compounds, and new trends in drug use based on information available on the Internet;

  • Recreational Drugs European Network (ReDNet) is a 2 year project (2010-2012) co-funded by the European union in the framework of the Health Programme (contract n. 2009 12 16). It is a multi-site research study with the aim of improving the level of information available to young people (16-24) and professionals on the effects of these new recreational drugs and the potential health risks associated with their use;

  • Better Health for Better Integration is a project funded by the PROGRESS Programme of DG EMPL and coordinated by FGB (2010-2012). It is a project addressing women belonging to ethnic minority groups who often present higher risk of health inequalities with respect to the women in the native population or the minority men;

  • REDUCE is a 2-year project (October 2011-30 September 2013) co-funded by the European Union’s Drug Prevention and Information Programme. The REDUCE project aims to determine and understand the knowledge around transmission of HCV and the risk behaviours associated with HCV among female drug users, to develop and test an evidence based group intervention to reduce HCV risk taking behaviours and increase HCV transmission knowledge among female drug users, and to produce and disseminate a manualised therapy to reduce HCV risk taking behaviours and increase HCV transmission knowledge among female drug users;

  • JADE is a 3-year project (February 2011-January 2014) co-funded by the EC-DG for Research and Innovation (7° Framework Programme/Capacity-Regions of Knowledge). The project aims at helping older people to live independently for longer, boosting development policy initiatives towards innovative and affordable technologies and services to improve the quality of life of the elderly.

  • IRHOLA is a 3 year project (2012-2015) co-financed by the 7th Health programme (Theme Health.2012.3.2-3) in the Social innovation for active and healthy ageing area. It aims at innovating the conceptual understanding of health literacy intervention in Europe. The IROHLA project will investigate health literacy interventions among the ageing population and will draw lessons from other sectors, e.g. the social sector and the commercial sector, involving stakeholders from the ageing population and from levels of the Government. The project will develop a comprehensive approach for health literacy among the ageing population. The final product will be a guideline for policy and practice. The project will make a direct contribution to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.