Intervention development: regional health coordination


Since 2017, the "Tut gut!" Initiative has implemented a pioneering project to best anchor health promotion and prevention in the communities of Lower Austria through the "Regional Health Coordination" program. The program consists of two approaches: First to enable people to provide professional health promotion in a regional setting and second to engage communities to create supportive environments for health promotion and prevention. Together with the Danube University Krems, NÖGUS developed an extra-occupational postgraduate study course “Regional Health Coordinator, AE”. This course is based on the CompHP Core Competencies Framework for Health Promotion and the experience of health promotion practitioners. For communities that are willing to implement a Regional Health Coordinator, NÖGUS takes over the tuition fees in full and the later personnel costs in part. There has to be a contractual agreement between the municipality and NÖGUS, that has to be signed after a municipal council resolution. The first round of the program (course and accompanying measures) ended in February 2020. As can be expected with a pilot project, there were many lessons learned during the implementation process. The aim of this project is therefore to develop an optimized program to optimize its impact. For this purpose, the project team will implement a genuine document analysis (Döring, Bortz, & Pöschl, 2016), create a vulnerability analysis, record the recommendations of external party experts, prepare a proposal for change, and documents the revised "Regional Health Coordination" in a written program description. The research project is funded by the Lower Austrian Health and Social Fund from March to December 2020.


Duration 01/12/2019 - 31/12/2020
Funding Bundesländer (inkl. deren Stiftungen und Einrichtungen)

Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Evaluation

Principle investigator for the project (Danube University Krems) Mag. Ludwig Grillich
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