A radical health improvement programme aimed at reducing health inequalities is set to continue in Glasgow, Lothian, Lanarkshire and Tayside thanks to a new wave of funding.
Keep Well projects in these communities where health needs are greatest will be supported by a £5m package.
The investment includes £2.5m in 2008/9 and £2.5m in 2009/10.
Minister for Public Health Shona Robison made the announcement yesterday to an audience of health professionals at the Anticipatory Care: Keep Well and Beyond Conference in Glasgow.
The Minister said: "Keep Well is an exciting programme that transforms lives. It aims to tackle the roots of health inequalities between the most and least deprived populations in Scotland and deliver health care services as locally as possible.
"The first of the wave one health projects was due to cease screening from the middle of this year, and I am delighted to announce a new wave of financial support.
"The funding will enable these NHS Boards to continue their sterling work, and help to ensure the hardest to reach people in our communities are provided with responsive healthcare.
"Keep Well services mean more direct and targeted interventions than ever before. These are world leading services, aimed at those with high-risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor diet, smoking, alcohol misuse and inactive lifestyles. Most importantly, we are reaching the hardest to reach populations in our communities."
The first wave of Keep Well operates in Community Health Partnerships in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian and Tayside health boards. A second wave has began in Fife, Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian and further CHPs in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The Scottish Government is committed to supporting this type of approach with £12.5m per year until 2010.