Funding Background

The joint project "VorteilJena" is incorporated in the funding programme "Health and Service Regions of Tomorrow" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is part of the German government’s high-tech strategy. The regions funded from 2014 to 2018 were backed up by the accompanying research INDIGER.

Jena is tackling the great challenges of our time. From a supra-regional perspective, Jena has stood for the disintegration of young people in the post-reunification period since Autumn 2011. On the other hand, Jena has already begun to implement the later UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in an exemplary manner since the fall of the Wall. Jena has long been known worldwide for innovative business enterprises, but now also for family-friendly living and working, excellent study conditions and aspiring urban development worth living in.

What has been achieved?

With "VorteilJena", new paths in health promotion were taken by considering the role of social participation in the prevention of new common diseases such as depression, dementia and overweight and the health promotion of each individual. With eight related research sub-projects, the interaction of health and social participation over an entire lifetime has been modelled for innovative health improvement.


VorteilJena has developed, tested and scientifically evaluated practical aids for the promotion of health and the improvement of social participation in the sub-projects in cooperation with partners. The basis of the practical aids is an easily adaptable and updatable template in PDF format. The finished products include manuals, guides, card sets, a poster exhibit, dice for breaks and a website. The presentation is target group-oriented, i.e. there is a printed and a digital version of each product and all products are prepared in terms of language and content for different target groups (e.g. children, young educators, employees and older people).