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Cardona Town Hall. Within the Cardona Town Hall, “Cardona Integral” is the name of the project to develop Cardona into a Healthy Town.
The Cardona Town Hall and the SHE Foundation promote this initiative within a strategy, started in 2011, where health is the cornerstone for the future of Cardona’s citizenship and a way to achieve the town’s social and economic development. Cardona Integral considers three activation areas: the health programs, the events and a new urban model.

2020 Objective
Several international organizations focus on 2020 as target to achieve several objectives in health promotion and disease prevention. These organizations include: “Healthy People 2020” in the US, the “Horizon 2020” program from the EU Commission and the “Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy” of the National Health System developed by the Health Ministry of Spain (Estrategia de Promoción de la Salud y Prevención en el Sistema Nacional de Salud del Ministerio de Sanidad Español ).
Some chronic diseases like cardiovascular and diabetes are responsible for 75% of the health expenditure and 7 out of 10 deaths per year.
Some disease risk factors can be prevented. The challenge is to avoid these diseases that can be prevented, keep active and independent the aging population during more time and support new projects development.
Cardona Integral is fully engaged in the making of Cardona a healthy town.

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The SHE Foundation devotes its efforts to creating a frame of reference for what an education in health means and involves, stressing the acquirement of healthy habits from childhood in order to promote a world in which children, young people and adults have the ability to act positively towards their health.

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In 1999 the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs created the National Cardiovascular Research Centre (CNIC), which has the function of becoming an international leading reference in research on the matter.
In 2005, a group formed by some of the most important Spanish companies and the Ministry of Health signed an agreement where they undertake to fund the Centre until the year 2012. That agreement also involved the participation in Spain of the prestigious cardiologist Valentín Fuster, who lives in New York, to lead this ambitious
scientific project.
The Pro CNIC Foundation arises to channel private contribution and thus becomes a cornerstone for the innovative research model of the CNIC. A centre articulated through a Foundation, that combines the public with the private both in funding and in management.
Through its Board, the companies not only contribute funds but also participate in decision making and planning  f the Centre. Therefore, the private sector gets involved, together with the CNIC, in the fight against  ardiovascular diseases.
The Pro CNIC Foundation is an example of scientific sponsorship. A true example of collaboration between the public and private sector.


The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC) in Madrid (Spain), is a leading international research center dedicated to understanding the basis of cardiovascular health and disease and to translating this knowledge into improved patient care.The center was founded in 1999 by the Spanish Ministry of Health and is located in the Instituto de Salud Carlos III campus in Madrid.

The CNIC adopted its current form after a “relaunch” in 2006, made possible through a partnership between the Spanish government and the Pro CNIC Foundation, a panel of 14 leading Spanish companies and charitable foundations. Through this partnership, the Pro CNIC Foundation injected significant private investment and also applied its combined expertise to the management and promotion of the CNIC, permitting the incorporation of Dr. Valentín Fuster as General Director and the development of a new strategic plan.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health care system providing exceptional medical care to local and global communities.

Encompassing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and eight hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, as well as a large, regional ambulatory footprint, Mount Sinai is internationally acclaimed for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties. The Mount Sinai Health System was created from the combination of the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, which both agreed unanimously to combine the two entities in July 2013.


On July 282021 was presented at the Fàbrica Vella of Sallent the scientific study Healthy Communities of the SHE Foundation-“La Caixa” Foundation, a project that will involve the participation of the populations of Sallent and Cardona and aims to assess that the intervention of scientific programs developed by Dr. Valentí Fuster and his team generate healthy lifestyle habits.


The Catalan Health Institute (ICS) is the largest public health services company in Catalonia, with almost 39,000 professionals providing services to almost six million people throughout the territory. The ICS manages 283 primary care teams (EAP) and also participates in the Eixample Primary Health Care Consortium (CAPSE), together with the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, which has three EAP, and in the Castelldefels Health Agents Consortium (CASAP), together with the Castelldefels City Council, which has one. The Institute also manages three large high-tech tertiary hospitals (Vall d’Hebron, Bellvitge and Germans Trias), four territorial reference hospitals (Arnau de Vilanova in Lleida, Joan XXIII in Tarragona, Josep Trueta in Girona and Virgen de la cinta in Tortosa) and a regional hospital (Viladecans).

As a reference entity of the public health system, the ICS aims to improve people’s health and quality of life through the promotion of healthy habits, the prevention of health problems and the treatment of diseases, from the most banal to those requiring a more complex approach.


IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute), located at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) is, up to 82%, made up of research groups lead by professionals from the MAR Health Park , most of whom are associates of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), as well as other seconded staff members from the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of the Pompeu Fabra University (DCEXS-UPF).

On 16 December 2013, the Accreditation Committee of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) approved the accreditation of IMIM as a Health Research Institute, which was ratified by the State Secretarial of Research, Development and Innovation for the Order of 17 February 2014.

At IMIM there are around seven hundred professionals, of which one hundred and nineteen are lead researchers distributed in sixty research groups.

IMIM has a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) made up of a group of prestigious international expert scientists from the different areas of the IMIM research programmes.