INHERIT- INter-sectoral Health Environment Research for InnovaTions

Horizon 2020 project

INHERIT- INter-sectoral Health Environment Research for InnovaTions

The overarching aim of INHERIT is to define effective inter-sectoral policies and interventions that promote health and well-being across the social gradient by tackling key environmental stressors and related inequalities in the areas of living, consuming and moving. 

INHERIT will bring together relevant stakeholders from different sectors, including the private sector. It will support intersectoral cooperation between environment, climate and health by:

  1. Analysing existing scientific knowledge on key environmental stressors to health and approaches to address these;
  2. Identifying existing promising inter-sector policies and interventions that enable conditions for more healthy and environmentally sustainable behaviours, in three main areas: living, consuming and moving;
  3. Developing a Common Analytical Framework using impact assessment tools and quantitative and qualitative indicators to assess the social, environmental and health benefits and the economic value in promising inter-sectoral interventions;
  4. Developing targets and future visions while considering overall economic and politics contexts and global trends (i.e. participatory back-casting, stakeholder and citizen consultations and household surveys);
  5. Implementing, testing and evaluating pilot interventions in different European contexts;
  6. Enhancing the leadership skills of public health professionals in inter-sectoral work to address key environmental stressors to health and promote healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles;
  7. Translating evaluation findings into models of good practice for effective inter-sectoral work and evidence based tools for policy development to contribute to the global and European environment, health and sustainable development policy agenda.

The novelty of INHERIT lies in its support for health, environment and climate sectors to jointly of improving health and well-being of the population while preserving the environment. 


In Work Package 4 (WP4) the NTNU Center for Health Promotion Research will; 

  • from the promising 60 inter-sector practices selected in Work Package 2 (WP 2) and on basis of the findings in the reviews in Work Package 1 (WP1), select 12 practices that will be evaluated or carried through as pilot projects or scaled up to test innovative approaches in the areas of living, consuming and moving. WP4 will also analyze and further describe them.  
  • We will also provide continuous support to the projects, monitor them thoroughly and also visualize the implementation processes. WP4 will provide interim recommendations to participant organizations that integrate environmental and health impacts and encourage collaborative partnerships. The WP4 partners will work closely with the local leaders of the 12 promising practices in their country, while considering the local contexts, capacities and resources.
  • WP 4  will design implementation plans depending on the nature of the pilot e.g. whether it is an ongoing or recently ended policy or intervention, or enhanced practice or a new pilot. WP4 partners will agree with the local leads and relevant stakeholders on their specific requirements to ensure the cross- sector data collection process for evaluation (as defined in WP5). Interventions that have recently ended will for example require ex-post evaluations and related data-collection, while those that are new will require ex-ante evaluations. All pilot projects will use the CAF logic models and the visions and targets defined in WP3 to identify elements that could be integrated and evaluated through the pilot projects. The work will include identifying the role and potential use of ICT in pilot projects and how technological innovation can be integrated.