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Policy responses

Health promotion policy is the responsibility of local governments, and in 2003 reducing health inequalities constituted a significant target of local policy in over half of the Dutch municipalities. The municipalities are supported by the governmental body (Inspectie voor de gezondheid), which sets frames and guidelines for these efforts.

Furthermore, The Major Cities Policy was implemented in 30 major cities in the years 2005-2009. It was supported by government funding of approximately € 25 million for 5 years. With the aim of reducing health inequalities in cities, the Ministry of Health collaborated together with the metropolitan area policy representatives in working groups on obesity, community approach, youth at risk, reinforcement of primary health care and social activation.

An overview of regional policy responses addressing health inequalities can be found in our Policy Database.


Good practices

An overview of local and regional projects and initiatives that are currently taking place or that have successfully been finalized, and that are addressing health inequality issues, can be found in our Project Database.

Key actors

Please find below an overview of key actors in the Netherlands working on health inequality issues:

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Key resources

Please find below a short overview of key documents and resources (produced at regional level) addressing health inequality issues in the Netherlands. More publications can be found in our Publications Database.


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