About Healthy Boost project

The Healthy Boost project addresses the health burden of city residents due to unhealthy lifestyles. Cities Cherepovets, Helsinki, Pskov, Poznan, Klaipeda, Jelgava, Suwalki, Tartu and Turku experiment with different methods of cross-sectoral cooperations such as community participation and health learning. The main objective of the project is to make urban policies for health and well-being more innovative, more effective and more integrated. This includes work on cross-sectoral cooperation with potential to be used in other fields as well.

Cross-sectoral cooperation can boost health and wellbeing in the Baltic cities

The Healthy Boost project brings together fourteen partners representing different levels of governance within various sectors. Their aim is to improve the capacities of local authorities to enhance health and well-being of citizens through cross-sectoral cooperation.

What’s the problem and Healthy Boost solution?

The project addresses the transnational challenge of the health burden due to unhealthy lifestyles of the city residents, which cannot be solved by the current fragmented, incoherent urban policies. The project wants to contribute to the improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – cross-sectoral urban policies. Healthy Boost enables the participation of citizens in planning policies for health and wellbeing, improves cross-sectoral cooperation in cities of the Baltic Sea region to support city administration in the provision of health services. In addition, the project enhances the innovativeness of the cities‘ administration in Baltic Sea region to respond better to current and future complex challenges in the municipalities.

What will stay after the project is over?

The main output of Healthy Boost project is a model for effective cooperation for cross-sectoral urban policies for health and wellbeing developed and tested by nine cities in six countries. Improved after the feedback from different stakeholders, it shall serve other cities in more integrated future work.


  • INTERREG Baltic Sea Region Programme 2014-2020
  • Project budget: EUR 2,53 million
  • European Regional Development Fund: EUR 1,89 million
  • European Neighbourhood Instrument: EUR 0,15 million