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EIP Active & Healthy Aging Reference Sites: Valencia


Who are we

The Valencia Region VLC-EIP Reference Site, coordinated by OPESVAL (the European Health Project Office,, is a network led by the Department of Health of the Regional Government of Valencia, which has enrolled in this Reference Site the quadruple helix of innovation: the network of healthcare, public health and research centres depending on the Health Department; as well as, universities, research centres, professionals, research or non-profit organizations, end-users and big, medium and small companies. The pivotal structure of this network is the Valencia Health Service (VHS), the public service depending of the Valencia Government Health Department responsible for healthcare and public health in the Valencia Region. The VHS works under a scheme of universal coverage (97% of the population), and operates an extensive network of acute and long-term care hospitals, specialized outpatient and primary healthcare centres and public health centres. Healthcare in this network is free of charge and supported by Regional Government budgets (6.000 million euros in 2015).

Since, active and health ageing topic is included in the Regional Strategic Agenda of the Regional Government, all Reference Site actors are aligned and working together in order to carry out innovative intervention on AHA; as well as, to scale up those interventions within the Valencia Region, in other Spanish regions and abroad.

Main partners

·        Regional Ministry of Health

·        Regional Ministry of Social Affairs


·        Council of Valencia

·        Valencia International Campus of Excellence (VLC/Campus)

·        Universitat Politècnica de Vàlencia (UPV)- ITACA

·        Universitat de València (UV)- Polibienestra Research Centre-UV

·        Inndea (VIT Salud)

·        VLC Health

·         Health 2.0.

Participation in the EIP action groups

A1. Prescription and adherence to treatment

·        Adherence to treatment and related clinical outcomes in schizophrenic patients (FISABIO)

A2. Falls Prevention

·        Physical exercise as falls prevention strategy (POLIBIENESTAR)

A3. Frailty and functional decline

·        Lifestyle to improve frailty, mood, cognitive decline and quality of life in women surviving cancer or with diabetes (UV- INCLIVA)

·        Intervention to reduce gender profile in frailty and chronic diseases in the Chronic Ailment Reduction after Menopause (CARMEN) cohort. (UV- INCLIVA)

·        Educational and advocacy activities to promote healthy nutritional habits - MOOC (UPV)

·        Malnutrition assessment questionnaire and interventions to reduce that among elderly (UPV)

·        Biomarkers in blood for cognitive and functional decline in patients with chronic liver disease. (CIPF-INCLIVA)

·        Biomarkers of cognitive and functional decline from magnetic resonance imaging in patients with chronic liver disease (CIPF-INCLIVA)

·        Development and pre-clinical evaluation of new imaging tools for early diagnosis of cognitive decline in patients with chronic liver disease and minimal hepatic encephalopathy (CIPF-INCLIVA)

·        Understand the frailty and its relation to health outcomes and costs to society (FOCUS project- UV)

·        Prevention on frailty (Joint Action ADVANTAGE -INCLIVA)


B3. Integrated Care

·        Primary care-based stratification of elderly patients with chronic diseases in Valencia (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Strengthening of health and social care staff competences in assisted living technologies in Europe (POLIBIENESTAR and UPV)

·        An integrated care model based on decision-making process (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Personalised Healthcare for cardiovascular disease management (UPV-LINK project)

·        Promotion of Digital Health literacy skills for patients/citizens and their families (UPV).

C2. Independent Living

·        Facilitating standardization of AHA technologies through cooperation between platform initiatives (UPV itself and also through REAAL and UNIVERSAAL specific project commitments)

D4. Innovation Age-Friendly Buildings Cities and Environments

·        Age-friendly employment (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Age-friendly ICTs for promoting AHA and social inclusion (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Age-friendly tourism as strategy to promote AHA and to avoid tourism seasonality (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Smart cities in an ageing society (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        AHA in the EU policy agenda (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Mapping and fostering scaling up of best practices on AHA (POLIBIENESTAR)

·        Dissemination of D4 Achievements (POLIBIENESTAR)





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