The World Health Organization in the Ottawa Charter in 1986 defines health promotion as the process of enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health.
In an increasingly globalized world, new approaches are required to improve the health of the population. Health promotion aims to do this by building healthy public policy; creating supportive environments; strengthening community actions; developing personal skills and reorienting health services. Health promotion is a fundamental component of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) corporate strategy, making it integral to work in international health.
WHO applies health promotion principles and strategies in a variety of settings and with a range of population groups. Health promotion approaches are broad-ranging and vary from the prevention of communicable diseases to improving school-based health education.
AHPI is working with HSE Health Promotion and Improvement to deliver education and training for health promotion practitioners including HSE staff and colleagues working on the Healthy Cities and Counties programmes. As part of this initiative AHPI has organised a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshop in collaboration with Sligo Institute of Technology. The workshop is titled: Communicating for Change - innovative strategies to get the health promotion message across.
Speakers will include Edel Hackett from Persuasion Republic. HSE staff and AHPI members were invited to attend this event and it is now fully booked. We will be further expanding CPD opportunities for health promotion practitioners in 2018 so watch this space!
On August 15th 2017, members of the Accreditation Board and AHPI Executive Committee met to finalise plans for the launch of the Health Promotion Professional Registration system for Ireland.
Practitioners living in Ireland can now apply through the online application system within the Professional Registration section on this site. This section also includes a list of commonly asked questions about registration and some information on CPD which AHPI will further develop in 2018