The purpose of the Centre is to build up a scientific foundation for local interventions, especially in municipalities that have taken on the responsibility for a number of health promotion and disease prevention tasks following a comprehensive structural reform in 2007. The Centre studies and generates knowledge on the effect of intervention projects on different groups of the population in different contexts, and establishes the best means of implementing projects using available resources.
The Centre was established in early 2009 with a donation of DKK 100 million from TrygFonden. The donation was received by the research team following an invitation to tender, based on the submitted research programme, and an international peer review.
In 2011 the Centre expanded by means of a donation from the Danish Cancer Society of DKK 31 million. The donation was received on the basis of an international peer review of the submitted research programme.