Crossing Bridges has received funding from the European Union in the Framework of the Health Programme

Final Crossing Bridges publications

Health for All Policies – Working together for Health and Well-being

Download the Full Publication (pdf)

Download the Short Strategic Leaflet (pdf)

Download the Summary (pdf)

Translated versions:

Dutch Summary, Brochure
German Full Publication, Brochure
Greek Summary, Brochure
Hungarian Full Publication, Brochure
Italian Full Publication, Summary, Brochure
Polish Full Publication
Welsh Full publication, Summary, Brochure

Report of the ‘Health in All Policies’ Focus Area Group on the EU School Fruit Scheme

Online Capacity Training Module

Please click here to access the online module


Crossing Bridges was a European Union (EU) funded project promoting the implementation of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach in EU Member States in order to improve health equity within and between states.

The project aimed to advance the implementation of HiAP approaches in EU Member States by:

  • The development of practical tools to turn HiAP theory into practice;
  • Investigating specific examples of inter-sectoral collaboration to identify effective methodologies that can be further developed;
  • Developing the capacities of national and regional public health institutes in order to promote HiAP.


Whilst it is broadly acknowledged that policies and actions taken by the non-health sector influence public health and well-being and can contribute towards the reduction of health inequalities, effective implementation within these sectors remains difficult. Health considerations need to be integrated into policies beyond the health sector which requires a clear mandate from central government supported by effective and responsive leadership with a view to implementing systematic policy changes which build capacities and adopt innovative evidence led methodologies to “cross bridges”. Through this process real progress can be achieved in the EU’s efforts to reduce health inequalities and in the promotion of the health of all EU citizens.

The Crossing Bridges project looked to explore the factors that ensure a successful HiAP approach through the analysis of case studies from across Europe. The project aimed to raise awareness of the advantages of adopting a more holistic approach to health, assisting health promotion advocacy and contributing to population health information. These outcomes provide real EU added-value to national health system approaches and encourage economies of scale as well as improving the transfer of knowledge. Greater application of cross-sectoral approaches is expected to lead to long term health gains for communities and health systems alike.

The Crossing Bridges project built upon the work of the ‘Closing the Gap’ (2004-2007) and ‘DETERMINE’ (2007-2010) projects, and complements Equity Action (the Joint Action on Health Inequalities) (2011-2014), to advance the implementation of HiAP approaches in EU member states.


The following Member States and organisations were involved in the Crossing Bridges project:

Coordinator: EuroHealthNet

Project Partners:

Gesundheit Österreich GmbH (GÖG)

Flemish Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VIGeZ)

Czech Republic
National Institute of Public Health (SZU)

NHS Sefton

Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)

Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental & Occupational Health (PROLEPSIS)

National Institute for Health Development (OEFI)

Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH)

Verona University Hospital (Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Integrata Verona)

Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion (NIGZ)

National Institute of Public Health – National
Institute of Hygiene (NIPH-NIH)

National Institute of Public Health (NIPH-IVZ)

Public Health Wales (PHW)

Collaborating Partners:

International: Health Action Partnership International (HAPI)
International: Union Internationale de Promotion de la Sante et d’Education pour la Sante (IUHPE)
Belgium: FOD Volksgezondheid, Veiligheid van de Voedselketen en Leefmilieu
Bulgaria: National Center of Public Health Protection
Croatia: Zavod Za Javno Zdravstvo Karlovacke Zupanije
France: Institut National de Prevention et d’Education pour la Sante (INPES)
Finland: Finnish Centre for Health Promotion
Finland: National Institue for Health and Welfare (THL)
Netherlands: Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)
Scotland: NHS Health Scotland
Slovenia: Zavod za zdravstveno varstvo Murska Sobota (ZZV MS)
Sweden: Karolinska Institutet Back to Top

Please contact EuroHealthNet for further information:

Ingrid Stegeman

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