Policy briefs – Chronic disease and Gender

What are EIWH policy briefs?

They are sets of short documents on specific health related issues or diseases. Our Policy Brief’s and intended to present findings and recommendations of a research project to wide and non expert audience. They can help by providing a:

• Medium to explore issues and refine lessons learned from research.
• A vehicle that provides policy and policy development advice.

Each EIWH policy brief is:

• A stand alone document
• Focused on one main topic
• Between 2 and 10 pages long, using normally a maximum of 4000 words

Each is intended to inform a wide audience of citizens with different interests in health about specific diseases or other social issues or effects that impact on health, health policy or the resources used to provide or deliver better health for all.

The European Institute of Women’s Health intends to regularly publish information in various formats, e.g. newsletters, reports, presentations designed to summarise or inform about Institute activities both formally and informally.  To do this, we use a number of information tools i.e. in relation to policy we use Policy Briefs.  Policy Briefs are intended to provide many of the major information points needed by policy, decision makers and a wide audience of interested citizens to help them understand and so progress specific issues related in health for example, gender or chronic disease areas.

Chronic disease Policy Briefs:

Chronic diseases are leading cause of illness and death in the EU.  These diseases create a heavy burden for EU citizens and healthcare systems. With ageing populations and lifestyle changes, chronic diseases are increasingly affecting EU citizens now and in the future.  Chronic diseases can have different effects on all individuals.  Gender largely impacts susceptibility, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases.  As a result, it is imperative that people across the EU are aware of how gendered exposures and vulnerabilities influence chronic diseases.  The impact of gender on chronic diseases have been under studied and under discussed throughout the EU.  The European Institute of Women’s Health is generating bi-monthly policy briefings and/or fact sheets—on a variety of health topics.

Our policy briefings will be succinct, use simple language to help reduce health literacy issues while and increasing awareness at regional and EU levels.  Policy briefings can describe how gender impacts on various chronic diseases and provide policy recommendations to highlight issues with policymakers, stakeholders, and EU citizens. The EIWH intends to generate, publish, and distribute 25 briefings in the coming years.

Chronic diseases include but not limited to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, respiratory tract and autoimmune diseases (such as Lupus), arthritis, musculoskeletal and osteoporosis specifically.

Our current list of Chronic disease policy briefs include:

Gender Policy Briefs:

Our participation in ENGENDER, a DG Health and Consumer funded project, completed in 2012.

Part of our activity is to increase awareness and knowledge of all stakeholders, especially policy makers, politicians, researchers, health NGOs in and outside the health sector about effective policies and programmes to achieve gender equity in health.

Six policy briefings were produced by the ENGENDER partnership for dissemination. The  policy briefs were based on analysis of the ENGENDER good practice database for promoting gender equity in health.

The briefs were designed to provide practical examples on each policy area, informing policymakers of best practice models for promoting gender equity in policy development in each of the 6 policy areas as follows:

Gender related policy briefs developed during Eugenmend project:

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