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Medical deserts are isolated or depopulated areas with such significant falling numbers of medical practitioners and overall health workforce shortages that they hamper health worker availability and exacerbate health inequalities in the population, especially among vulnerable groups. Our goal is to achieve better access to health services, especially in underserved areas, and more equitable access to sufficient, skilled and motivated health workers, starting with the countries involved in the project: Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, Romania and Serbia. We aim to do this by building knowledge encouraging (digital) innovation in health service delivery, and applying a participatory approach to public health policy making. 

The AHEAD project runs from April 2021 – May 2023

AHEAD Newsletter #6 2022

Understanding medical desertification through consensus-building sessions in Campania and Sicily (Italy)   Medical deserts are still an unknown concept in Italy. This is one of the conclusions from AHEAD partner Cittadinanzattiva’s research on medical deserts and...

AHEAD webinar on September 16

Upcoming AHEAD webinar on September 16: what are medical deserts and how do we find them? What are the different manifestations – or ‘faces’ – of medical deserts in Europe? During an interactive webinar on September 16th - with a keynote speech from Katarzyna...

AHEAD Newsletter #5 2022

European Health Management Association (EHMA) Conference 2022: sharing our findings on identifying medical deserts   On June 15-17th, AHEAD attended the European Health Management Associaton’s (EHMA) annual conference in Brussels. Titled ‘From people to systems:...

AHEAD Newsletter – April 2022

Watch back: online intermediate event of the EU Health Workforce Projects Cluster   Countries can address access to health inequalities in the population by improving health worker retention and task-shifting policies. So, what should these policies look like? On...

Fighting access to health inequalities

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AHEAD Newsletter – February 2022

Save the date: Webinar on fighting access to health inequalities by improving health worker retention and task shifting policies on March 29 On March 29th, 2022 (2:30-4:30 PM Brussels time), the Health Workforce Projects Cluster will organise its second webinar....

AHEAD Newsletter – December 2021

Medical Deserts Network update It is now possible to sign up for the Medical Deserts Network (MDN). Becoming a member of this network - the first of its kind in Europe - means getting access to the prototype version of Medical Deserts Diagnostics Tool, invitations to...

OASES Conference on Dec 10th: making medical deserts bloom

​On December 10th, Corinne Hinlopen, global health advocate at Wemos, presented the project Action for Health and Equity Addressing medical Deserts (AHEAD) at an online EU-wide conference, attended by over 60 researchers, health professionals and policy makers,...

Save the date: OASES EU conference on medical deserts on Dec 10

​ On December 10, the EU consortium project OASES is organising its first EU-wide conference on medical deserts. Speakers will discuss ways to describe medical deserts, as well as experiences with the phenomenon in Moldova and Romania. Are you interested in tackling...

The EU Health Workforce Projects Cluster has been launched

Europe is struggling with its health workforce, with challenges such as health worker shortages and an uneven distribution. Coordinated efforts to strengthen the health workforce in Europe are therefore urgently needed. To support EU Member States in strengthening...