The 2020 AHPI AGM took place on the 12th of February 2020 in the Carmelite Community Centre in Dublin. It was lovely to see so many members attend throughout the day and it was a great opportunity for so many friends and colleagues to get together and catch up.
After the business meeting which included reports from the Executive committee, Accreditation Board, Treasurers Report and CPD subcommittee we had our first AHPI Journal Club workshop. The aim of this workshop was for participants to actively engage in the critical appraisal of a health promotion research paper in the context of health promotion practice and the core competencies of health promotion. The paper that was discussed was ‘Men’s health in alternative spaces: exploring men’s sheds in Ireland’ by Lefkowich & Richardson. The facilitator for this session was Dr Jane Sixsmith. Jane is a lecturer in Health Promotion, Discipline of Health Promotion at NUI Galway and also a member of the AHPI Executive Committee. She brought her wealth of experience and knowledge to the delivery of the journal club and provided an insightful and practical session.
After lunch, we had a really informative planning session. We are delighted that the AHPI is now a vibrant community with 169 members. Additionally, we also have 33 IUHPE Registered Health Promotion Practitioners in Ireland. Both the AHPI Executive and Accreditation Board consist of dedicated volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It was really helpful to use this time to plan for the AHPI going forward and we would like to thank those members who have volunteered to get involved. Thanks to all who attended the day and for all the hard work put in by the various committees.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in Health Promotion or looking to expand on your qualifications? Health Promotion at NUI Galway are running several post graduate programmes for 2020/2021 including the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion Approaches to Cardiovascular Health and Diabetes Prevention, MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion, Specialist Certificate in Health Promotion Oral Health and the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Promotion Workplace Wellness.They are hosting an opening evening on Friday 28th March from 6pm to 7.30pm on the ground floor Aras Moyola, NUI Galway. An overview of the courses will be presented by the course co-ordinators and prospective students can meet and chat with course lecturers and tutors. Click here for further information on the programmes.
The AHPI Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th February 2020 in the Carmelite Community Centre on Aungier St, Dublin 2. This year the meeting will have a strong focus on networking and planning and we would like to invite members to participate and get involved.
The day will run from 10.15-15.00 and will begin with the presentation of AGM reports and Election of Officers for 2020.
This will be followed by coffee and networking.
After the coffee break we will have a journal club session facilitated by Dr Jane Sixsmith. This will provide an opportunity to discuss and engage with a relevant recent health promotion paper. The aim of the journal club is to develop critical appraisal skills and interpret and communicate findings. This journal club session will contribute to CPD as required under the IUHPE professional registration system.
This will be followed after lunch by a planning session for the AHPI. Members from the Executive Committee and Accreditation Board will discuss and plan future activities. We would appreciate the input of members at this session and it is an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the behind the scenes work of the Association.
The Health Promoting Health Systems report was prepared by the European Commission's Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH) and adopted at its 18th plenary on 7 November 2019 after public hearing on 23 October 2019. Professor Margaret Barry, President of IUHPE, is a member of this Panel and was the rapporteur for this document. A Fact Sheet on the key recommendations can also be accessed here.
“Health promotion is an essential strategy for improving health equity and a key action underpinning the reform of health systems in Europe. Applying the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights and the competences of the EU treaties for the promotion of wellbeing and protection of health across all EU policies, we recommend that a range of policy measures and financial mechanisms at the European level are applied to support the implementation of transformative health promotion policies and practices in EU Member States. This shift in focus from disease to health can be considered ‘a disruptive innovation’ due to the need to transform existing organisational structures, workforce, and services.” (EXPH, 2019)
The Opinion makes a number of key recommendations for action on strengthening the capacity of EU countries to implement health promotion at a political, policy and service delivery level, recognising that the implementation of the SDGs in Europe present a major opportunity to bring a central focus on health promotion as a core element of delivering on sustainable development and universal health coverage.
IUHPE argues that reorienting health systems to focus more on health promotion, prevention and primary health care, as advocated in the Ottawa Charter, is the most effective and sustainable way to achieve national health goals and targets, and reduce the escalating burden of preventable diseases and mental ill-health on health care systems and treasuries. We are glad to see that the opinion of the EXPH builds on the arguments and the approach outlined in the IUHPE Position Statement, Beating NCDs equitably - Ten system requirements for health promotion and the primary prevention of NCDs (2018), and the work developed on the core competencies for health promotion, that are the basis of the IUHPE Health Promotion Accreditation System.
This report is part of an ongoing discussion that will continue in the upcoming months with further publications, including the accompanying fact sheet, presentations and other events. Visit IUHPE for further information.
Jacopo Villani, a graduate from the MA in Health Promotion programme is the latest recipient of the inaugural Association for Health Promotion Ireland ‘AHPI Certificate of Recognition’ award
The Association for Health Promotion Ireland (AHPI) is delighted to announce the latest recipient of the inaugural ‘AHPI Certificate of Recognition’ award is Jacopo Villani.
Jacopo Villani receiving the AHPI Certificate of Recognition award from Dr Jane Sixsmith (AHPI Executive Committee Member and Director MA/PGDip Health Promotion Programme) and Professor Margaret Barry Established Chair of Health Promotion and Public Health, NUI Galway
Jacopo is a graduate from the MA in Health Promotion programme in the Discipline of Health Promotion at the National University of Ireland Galway. The aim of this award is to encourage, recognise and promote graduates from the three Accredited Health Promotion programmes in Ireland.
It has long been recognised that health promotion plays a pivotal role in society and is defined as the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. Jacopo’s award was in recognition of the research he completed as part of his Health Promotion Masters degree. This research explored Irish Travellers' perceptions of mental health and aimed to identify the most relevant factors for promoting positive mental health and wellbeing among this socially excluded group. The findings of this research show that Travellers have a very negative concept of mental health. However, Travellers show a strong awareness of the causes of their poor mental health and believe that addressing unemployment, low educational attainment, discrimination and poor accommodation, could help improve their mental health. Finally, this study found that community mental health promotion initiatives should be focusing on developing emotional resilience and self-esteem, reducing mental health stigma, and on the promotion of Traveller culture. These strategies will help Travellers' to improve their mental health status and decrease health inequalities in Ireland.
Students from accredited Health Promotion courses have the knowledge, skills and competencies required for their profession and these awards aim to recognise these achievements. Dr Patricia Heavey, Chairperson of the AHPI speaking on behalf of the association congratulated Jacopo on his success saying ‘We are delighted to be able to support this award that recognises Jacopo’s hard work, dedication and commitment throughout his Masters degree. This is a fantastic achievement and we wish him every success in his Health Promotion career’.