The city of Aarhus’ diabetes action plan from 2020 states clearly
that diabetes and its consequences must be prevented among all its
citizens. Existing services do not meet the growing demand and new
funding through traditional budgets are not readily available.
As part of the Cities Changing Diabetes Aarhus partnership, a
broad group of local actors joined forces to create an investment
model and an impactful intervention to attract outside funding for
the immediate expansion of support to vulnerable citizens with newly
diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
The group developed a strong investment project that will enable
the expansion of targeted support from the current 90 to 450
citizens for three years in the target neighbourhood.
In late 2021, the national and local social investment funds
invested 13 million DKK (1.7 million USD) in the intervention
programme. Subsequently, the city has created a 105 million DKK (14
million USD) health impact fund to make long term investments in other