DynaHEALTH is a European Horizon 2020 funded research project focused on healthy and active ageing by reducing the risks of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and promoting social interaction and a longer working life. These conditions are increasing with alarming prevalence among ageing populations across the European Union, posing a severe economic burden on healthcare systems. For example, according to Public Health England, in 2014 Doncaster in South Yorkshire was the second ‘fattest’ local authority area in England with 74.4% of the population overweight or obese.
Beta, one of 14 partners, is responsible for the communication, dissemination and exploitation of the research results. A significant part of our role in the project is to help facilitate and create impact. It is also very important to engage with the end users of the research results at the earliest possible stage. With this in mind, representatives from Beta and DynaHEALTH Project Coordinator the University of Oulu, recently hosted a meeting with a number of external policymakers and healthcare professionals from the South Yorkshire region.
The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the DynaHEALTH project at a local level and to better understand what is important to policy makers and healthcare professionals, when it comes to disseminating research results, in order to influence future policies. The event was well-attended and well-received, with the main discussion enabling bi-directional feedback, and centered around how to deliver messages in line with what the group want to receive.
We will continue to develop this local network and hope to replicate in other countries as the project progresses, in order to maximise its impact.
You can find out more about DynaHEALTH by visiting the project website – www.dynahealth.eu.