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The TEROKA project aims to develop a knowledge base and tools to promote the attainment of the objective of the Health 2015 public health programme for reducing health inequalities.


The overall status of health in Finland has improved over the past decades, and Finns live longer than earlier. However, not all population groups have benefited from the development equally and socioeconomic differences in life expectancy have increased. White-collar workers are healthier than blue-collar workers, and people in employment are healthier than unemployed people. High-income people with the highest educational level are healthier than low-income people with only a basic education. In many health risks, the differences between the socioeconomic groups are growing.

Among the best ways of increasing the level of health among Finns is to reduce health inequalities between population groups so that the health of the more disadvantaged groups approaches that of the more advantaged groups. The reduction of health inequalities between population groups is a central goal in Finnish health policy and one of the key targets of the national Health 2015 public health programme. The TEROKA project aims to develop a knowledge base and tools to promote the attainment of the objective of the Health 2015 public health programme for reducing health inequalities.

TEROKA's main aims
  • streghten the knowledge base and follow-up on health inequalities and disseminate information
  • chart and promote co-operation needed for reducing health inequalities
  • encourage policies on tackling health inequalities as well as practical measures
  • advance the use of health impact assessment as a means for health and social policy attempting to reduce health inequalities

TEROKA's action to realise these aims
  • compile and publish reports on trends in health inequalities
  • maintain and develop internet services, produce educational material and provide presentations and lectures
  • in co-operation with partners, develop and assess national, regional and local operation models aiming to reduce health inequalities
  • explore possibilities to reduce heath inequalities by means of health impact assessment
  • gather material for the basis of a strategy and action plan for reducing health inequalities
  • build practical models for regional health inequality follow-ups

The TEROKA group consists of experts on health differences with a variety of academic backgrounds including epidemiology, health services research, social policy, medical sociology and nutritional science. The practical work is carried out byt the project group, which has members from the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH).

The work is supported by a steering group consisting of the senior management of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, THL, FIOH, the Finnish Centre for Health Promotion and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities.


Updated 7.1.2009