Model for cross-sectoral cooperation is being finalized

The Model for cross-sectoral cooperation is designed and developed to provide an overview of key cross-sectoral cooperation elements that are a paramount prerequisite for modern health promotion.

The Model was developed by researchers of Riga Stradins University based on a systematic review and analysis of the scientific literature, and the results of a self-assessment of cross-sectoral collaboration for health promotion conducted by professionals and experts in the Healthy Boost project partner cities.

In the Model, five essential domains of cross-sectoral cooperation are described: risk identification, leadership, communication, coordination, and motivation. The Model also describes four stages of cross-sectoral cooperation: mapping, planning, implementation, and assessment. The user of the Model can freely choose an approach to how to apply the Model. It can be done by examining all domains and all stages or just one or several specific domains or stages of interest. The final online virtual version of the Model will guide the partners in health promotion better to cooperate through the different domains and stages of the specific interest.

The Model was tested in the Healthy Boost project by nine municipalities in the Baltic Sea region. Currently, the feedback form municipalities is used for updating the final version of the Model. The finalized version of the Model will be made available publicly.