Tingbjerg Changing Diabetes is a research-based, long-term strategy, which is based on many years of experience with social health promotion in local communities.

Tingbjerg Changing Diabetes draws on lessons learnt from the research-based intervention project 'Health and Local Community' (abbreviated SoL) that was carried out in various communities in Denmark from 2012-2015.


This project was based on the supersetting approach and aimed at promoting healthy living among children and their families.

SoL provided evidence that coordinated and integrated health promotion activities that are implemented together with multiple stakeholders and across multiple settings in the local community are much more powerful than individual activities carried out in single settings.

Further, the supersetting approach was a useful conceptual framework for developing and implementing a complex multi-component health promotion intervention and for fostering ownership and sustainability of the intervention in the local community.

While TCD builds on the conceptual framework of project SoL, the initiative has new ambitions emphasising new target groups (ethnic and social diversity), new contexts (significant socio-economic challenges), a new location (urban, socially disadvantaged neighbourhood) and an additional focus (technology transfer).


Toft et al. (2018) Project SoL - a community-based, multi-component health promotion intervention to improve eating habits and physical activity among Danish families with young children. Part 1: Intervention development and implementation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15:1097. 

Mikkelsen et al. (2018) Project SoL – a community-based, multi-component health promotion intervention to improve healthy eating and physical activity practices among Danish families with young children. Part 2: Evaluation. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15:1513. 

Since 2014, we have conducted a variety of investigations in Tingbjerg, including mapping the physical infrastructure, describing organizations and social networks, analysing the socio-economy of the community, and documenting health and behavioural determinants and risk factors for diabetes and other chronic diseases.


Specific analyses that have been carried out in Tingbjerg and its surroundings include:  


  1. Analysis of the use of healthcare services among socially vulnerable diabetes patients in Copenhagen using a vulnerability assessment framework (Christensen et al. 2016).

  2. Mapping diabetes risk, diagnosis and treatment, and identifying vulnerable population groups in Copenhagen using the epidemiological rule-of-halves framework (Holm et al. 2018)

  3. Describing the social and organisational environments in Copenhagen, including community resources, social networks and people’s willingness to provide social support across gender, age and cultural affiliation (Nielsen et al. 2020).

  4. Analysis of demographic, socio-economic and behavioural factors among residents in Tingbjerg using a population-based survey approach as well as data from public registers. 

  5. Establishing relationships and partnerships with public, private, civic and academic institutions and organisations working in Tingbjerg with health promotion, social development, housing, education, employment, environment, day-care, culture, leisure, agriculture, food and physical activity.

Nielsen et al. (2020) Social and structural environments for healthy living in selected neighbourhoods of Copenhagen: An assessment of community resources and vulnerability within the framework of Cities Changing Diabetes. Health & Place. Submitted for publication.

Contact information:

Research manager Paul Bloch: +45 3091 2920

Mail: paul.bloch@regionh.dk

Project coordinator Marie Petri: +45 2117 5091

Mail: marie.petri@regionh.dk