Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being



Spring, 2021 Newsletter  Image Latest news and developments of the work and focus areas of the Expert Groups and the Secretariat


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Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being is leading the way to sustainable and inclusive societies with equal opportunities for good health and wellbeing for all in the Northern Dimension area throughout the life course.






We are looking for an intern to work with mental health topics


Are you a recent university graduate with strong interest in mental health and would like to apply your knowledge in practice at an international network? Join our Secretariat in 2022 for a 6-9 months long internship!

You will mainly work with mental health topics, which is one of the horizontal priority areas of the NDPHS work. As this is a new area of work for the Partnership, you will have plenty of room for exploration and applying your vision and innovative approach.

If you are interested in this opportunity, read more about the position and conditions in the internship announcement. Application deadline is 25 January 2022. We value diversity in our workplace and encourage all qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply, but please note that only the citizens of the 10 NDPHS Partner Countries are eligible.   






23 November 2021, 9:00 – 13:00 CET, Online

as a side event to the NDPHS Partnership Annual Conference.


Click here to watch a full recording of the conference

Across the globe, people are living longer than ever before. In the Northern Dimension area, in a matter of fewer than 30 years, the life expectancy at birth has increased on average by six years and is 78.6 years as of 2018. Longer life is an opportunity for enjoying more experiences, for trying out diverse career paths, and for making more contributions to society, but why is ageism - and self-ageism - so widespread in our societies and how do we overcome it? Together with policy makers and civil society representatives from across the region, we will discuss and seek solutions.

We will organize the debate around two central themes with guest panels of invited experts for each of them:


Read more.

#ConnectinMinds #Aworld4AllAges



Can culture improve our well-being?


The project The Art of Staying Healthy aims to develop collaboration between the arts and health sectors and to pilot arts interventions on the health and well-being of people and communities in the Northern Dimension area.


The programme was launched in the beginning of the summer of 2021. During the open call were received 56 eligible applications and unique project ideas from ten countries. With the help of a selection committee of experts, 11 projects from seven countries were selected. The selected projects involve different target groups such as hearing-impaired persons, adults and healthcare professionals with mental disorder, cancer patients, pupils, homeless people and others. Each project will use its own methodology to demonstrate the impact on the target group, like dance, storytelling, photography, forum theatre and others.

Programme participants will receive funding for pilot projects, the opportunity to participate in knowledge-based workshops, mentoring support and onsite visits. The duration of the programme is till the end of 2022. The participants will receive support to establish a community and a peer-to-peer network that will remain in place and function after the programme ends.

It is planned to prepare a toolkit that will further help other organizations to build cross-sectoral partnerships. Independent experts will follow and analyse the process of the project and sum up the conclusions in the form of a toolkit. We aim to offer lessons learned from the pilot projects to those working in the field.

The 11 funded projects:

Danish Cultural Institute The Art of Mental Health, Denmark/Russia
Darni Socialineraida Enabling the Integration of People with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Disorders into Society through the Forum Theatre Methodology, Lithuania
Galerija propaganda BETTER, Poland
Irene F.Arcas Stimuli, Germany
ISSP (International Sumer School of Photography) Creatively Feeling: an Artful Approach to Mental Health & Healing, Latvia
Karjeras konsultacijas The Beauty of Self-Mercy and Life, Latvia
Karlstad University Dance for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD): Understanding its Underlying Mechanisms through Functional MRI, Sweden
National Medical Research Centre for Therapy and Preventive Medicine Fairy Tales as a Tool for the Formation of Motivation to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle among Primary Schoolchildren, Russia
Northern State Medical University Intergenerational Practices of Art and Fairy Tale Therapy for Improving Mental Health and the Northern Identity, Russia
Panevezys City Municipality Administration CREATIVE HOME(less), Lithuania
Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art Let´s sign the art, Latvia


The Art of Staying Healthy programme is a part of the joint project between NDPHS, NDPC and EUNIC “Support to the NDPC”, co-funded by the European Commission.





Indoor Environment Quality and Health:

Evidence, best practices, and lessons learned.

During the current Covid-19 pandemic, studies have shown the close relations between indoor climate parameters and the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Now more than ever it is important to pay attention to the indoor environment and have ventilation systems optimized, to mitigate health risks where we live, play, study, and work by applying energy-efficient and cost-efficient solutions.

By bringing together various stakeholders and initiating a dialogue we aim at contributing to a mindset change around the topic and at emphasizing the impact of the indoor environment on people’s health and quality of life.




Agenda and registration: and add the webinar on "Indoor Environment Quality and Health" to your selection.

Presentations and webinar documents are available here.

The event is co-organized by the PA Energy and PA Health coordinators during the 12th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR: REVITALIZE, RECOVER, RECHARGE.