The Cities Changing Diabetes in Bologna would like to map the social
determinants of health and other factors responsible for driving the
incidence of type 2 diabetes at all ages and in all city districts to
uncover inequalities in health. The aim is to ensure high quality of
life for its citizens and to link all the activities that the
municipality has developed recently regarding public health.
In September 2018, the Public Interinstitutional Board of Health
Promotion formalised a Memorandum of Understanding which involved the
creation of a “Control Room” and 10 Work Groups focused on planning of
interventions in specific areas to promote public and metropolitan
health. The groups involve more than 80 professions, including
lawyers, engineers, health professional, paramedics, psychologists,
educators, teachers, etc. who jointly identified priorities and
projects in collaboration with civil society representatives.
As a result of the Cities Changing Diabetes coalition and the
proactivity of the 10 Work Groups, Bologna’s municipality, University
and City Local Health Unit in collaboration with Health City Institute
have won an important grant by the EU Horizon 2020 programme on
Innovative policies for improving citizens’ health and wellbeing
addressing artificial lighting – called ENLIGHTENme.
Another grant will be awarded by the EU Erasmus Plus programme for
the project InAble cities, in collaboration with HCI, ANCI and
Barcelona, with the main objective to promote physical activity for
people 65+ years and living with disabilities. This is expected to
start in 2021.
Prevalence of diabetes 2019 (%)1