Neighborhood based approach

Changing demographics, the increase of chronic diseases and a growing demand of healthcare services are causing a continuous pressure on health budgets. The healthcare system in the Netherlands is changing, pivoting towards a more societal approach – our so called ‘participatie’ (participation). The quest for sustainable care solutions is not addressing technology only. In Amsterdam, new multidisciplinary approaches are now being developed.

The challenge

Transitions in long term and mental care in the Netherlands started in 2015. These created major challenges for policy makers, care professionals and citizens. At the same time, opportunities to drive change through data research or by stimulating the people to come with their own solutions arose.

We believe that a collaboration between people, medical and social care is key to achieve the changes aimed at by the healthcare system. The city of Amsterdam, with her typical urbanized open population and excellent sources of data to guide solutions, is an ideal place to develop and strengthen a multidisciplinary approach of health on a decentralized level.

The purpose of the project

'Neighborhood based approach' ('Wijkbrede Aanpak) is a training program that helps local health professionals and volunteers to set the right priorities in the local context. The program is based on population care coordination and trains professionals from various specialisms to work together with citizens. By combining various experiences and knowledge of the neighborhood with insights through available data, organizations will be able to focus on the most relevant action points, specific to their own local community.

What is ahti’s role?

Ahti initiated the program, developed the content and liaised with the city of Amsterdam and the District of Zuid (South) to start this pilot. We offer our expertise in training and education as well as our data expertise to help the participants in the program work together to identify and address priorities in their own neighborhood. The program will result in a more efficient and effective tailor-made approach to sustainable healthcare solutions.


Name: Neighborhood based approach (Wijkbrede Aanpak)
Status: Finished
Partner: City of Amsterdam and District of Zuid (South)
Funded by: City of Amsterdam

For more information: Guus ten Asbroek, Senior Program Manager