Inclusive Promotion of Health and Wellbeing – PROMEQ (2016-2019)

The PROMEQ consortium is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland as part of the research program Health, Welfare and Lifestyles. The project develops evidence-based and cost-effective models of health and wellbeing promotion that are able to talk to and assimilate vulnerable groups.

Four groups at risk of health inequalities and lowered quality of life are targeted: young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), basic unemployment benefit recipients, adult refugees, and multi-users of social and health care. A theory-based systemic and participatory approach on reducing the inequalities will be developed and tested, new information on reasons of health inequities will be provided, as well as recommendations for policy and future strategies to promote health and wellbeing.

The PROMEQ consortium is led by Professor Marja Vaarama from University of Eastern Finland. In addition to University of Eastern Finland the project consortium comprises of University of Jyväskylä, University of Lapland, University of Tampere, Etla and Youth Research Society,

The sub project focusing on young adults is led by Sanna Aaltonen from the Youth Research Society and along with her works Antti Kivijärvi as a researcher of the project. The project collaborates with the youth services of the cities of Kouvola and Vantaa. The specific focuses of the sub project are the service paths of young clients of welfare services as well as the potential of social media in welfare promotion.




Antti Kivijärvi

Antti Kivijärvi

Senior researcher

Doctor of Social Sciences

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