People with Intellectual Disabilities and Health Promotion (GESUND!)

GESUND! (= HEALTH!) is a participatory project where academic researchers are doing research together with people with intellectual disabilities. The research project is focusing on health education and health promotion for people with disabilities.

In the first funding period of GESUND! we developed and implemented a health education program and realized three inclusive research projects: two smaller projects in a workshop for adapted work (sheltered workplace) and one Photovoice study in the district of Berlin-Lichtenberg, Germany. Our work now is based upon the insights gained in the first funding period.

The main objective is the development of four peer to peer health trainings. The health trainings will be developed and evaluated in the inclusive team in close cooperation with municipal stakeholders and practitioners from social agencies. Materials for the health seminars will be developed in plain language with emphasize on visualizing methods such as pictures and videos. The team members with intellectual disability will be qualified to guide the trainings themselves as co-instructors. Furthermore, we will examine the options for a structural anchoring of the training program in order to create sustainability.




Prof. Dr. Reinhard Burtscher
Project manager, KHSB
030 - 50 10 10 23

Theresa Allweiss
Research associate, KHSB
030 - 50 10 10 908

Merlin Perowanowitsch
Project staff, KHSB
030 - 50  10 10 909

Nikola Schwersensky
project staff, KHSB
030 - 50  10 10 908

Germaine Köchling
Student assistant, KHSB



Sven Frey, Dana Jungen, Elham, Christian Meinhard, Luise Pflanz, Willi Rex, Christian


Former team members:

Elisabeth Rott



LWB – Lichtenberger Werkstätten gemeinnützige GmbH

Bezirksamt Lichtenberg von Berlin (Abteilung Jugend und Gesundheit, QPK - Qualitätsentwicklung, Planung und Koordination)

Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Berlin e.V 

vdek – Verband der Ersatzkassen e.V

Project aims

1. Participatory development and testing of health trainings, and qualification of people with intellectual disabilities as co-instructors

2. Gaining new insights about the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in community health promotion

3. Further development of the science of participatory health research within the context of health promotion practice and research in Germany