Kick-off meeting PATHWAYS
Luxembourg, 21st May, 2015
The Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) hosted the kick-off meeting of the project “PArticipation To Healthy Workplaces And inclusive Strategies in the Work Sector- PATHWAYS” in Luxembourg on May 21st, 2015.
PATHWAYS is a three years EU project coordinated by Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta (Project Coordinator: Dr Matilde Leonardi), that directly contributes to the 2014 Work Programme by focusing on action 126.96.36.199 regarding the development of innovative approaches to promote the professional integration and reintegration of people with chronic diseases and improve their employability.
Individuals with chronic diseases and mental disorders often experience work-related problems, leading to negative consequences at individual, national and European level. The rising prevalence of chronic diseases and mental disorders as well as the current economic crisis make this issue even more problematic, requiring action in terms of innovative strategies to improve the participation of these persons in the labour market.
Therefore, PATHWAYS aims to:
- identifying integration and reintegration strategies that are available in Europe and beyond,
- determining their effectiveness,
- assessing the specific employment related needs of persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders,
- developing guidelines supporting the implementation of effective professional integration and reintegration strategies.
In PATHWAYS the involvement of 12 partners with vast expertise in the area of chronic and mental conditions and employment from 10 European countries allows to compare strategies between different European regions, taking into account cultural, social, and political differences. The Chair for Public Health and Health Services Research at Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU) Munich will lead the work package “Evaluation of the effectiveness of existing integration and re-integration into work strategies for persons with chronic conditions including mental disorders” (Principal Investigator Dr. Carla Sabariego).
Stakeholder consultations, including advocacy organizations, employers, policy makers, international organizations and European Union delegates will provide useful insights as to the development and implementation of policy recommendations to improve their integration or reintegration into the workplace.
In this way, PATHWAYS will provide the first steps to work towards a more inclusive labour market in which persons with chronic diseases and mental disorders can meaningfully participate.
PATHWAYS project has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020) (grant agreement n. 663474).