The Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, T.D., formally launched the National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network on 29th Novemeber.
The National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network was launched under the aegis of Healthy Ireland, the Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. The Healthy Cities project is a global World Health Organization (WHO) movement, set up initially in 1987 with eleven individual cities. The concept is based on the importance of local action and the key role of local governments and Local Authorities in health and sustainable development.
The Minister congratulated the Counties on making a commitment to work to become healthier places for all their citizens by working to implement Healthy Ireland, the National Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 and went on to say “as a former elected member of a Local Authority I know that Local Authorities are uniquely placed to bridge the gap between national policy and local implementation. I know the influence and reach that Local Authorities have in every community and I see huge potential for them to contribute to building a healthier Ireland. I believe that we cannot achieve the vision of Healthy Ireland without the involvement of every Local Authority in Ireland. Healthy Ireland is all about supporting and empowering communities and individuals to lead healthier lives and the involvement of Local Authorities and the Local Community Development Committees is critical”.
Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director of the Health and Wellbeing Division in the HSE said “the Healthy Ireland agenda is extensive. Improving our population’s health and reducing health inequalities spans across many areas. Our Local Authorities are leaders and critical partners in promoting and improving the nation’s health”. Dr. O’Keeffe also emphasised “the unique position of the Local Community Development Committees to understand and respond to local people’s needs”.
- We will promote health through action on all the Sustainable Development Goals
- We will make bold political choices for health
- Good governance is crucial for health
- Cities and communities are critical settings for health
- Health literacy empowers and drives equity
Promoting health demands coordinated action by all concerned, it is a shared responsibility. With this Shanghai Declaration there is a pledge to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs through increased political commitment and financial investment in health promotion.
Representatives from the AHPI Executive Committee met with the Minister for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, in the Department of Health on August 2nd to discuss the role of the AHPI, our work plan for 2016/2017 and our progress to date on the establishment of a registration system in Ireland for Health Promorion practitioners.
The AHPI would like to thank Minister Corcoran Kennedy for her time and interest, and look forward to working with her in the future.
NIPC Stroke Prevention Bursary
Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke. Nearly six million die and another five million are left permanently disabled.
Keeping in line with our goal to address priority health needs by driving cardiovascular research, the NIPC are now accepting research proposal applications for its Stroke Prevention Bursary. The aim of the bursary is to support work that focuses on stroke prevention and in particular, the detection and early diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation which is one of the most common irregular heart rhythms and is a major risk factor for stroke.
The successful application will receive a bursary of €5,000 which will be presented at the NIPC's National Prevention Conference on November 5th 2016.
The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is: 5pm, Friday 30th September 2016.
Healthy Limerick Coordinator Position
Healthy Limerick is based on the concept of Healthy Cities/Communities which aims to promote a comprehensive and whole system approach to planning for health and wellbeing. The Healthy Limerick Coordinator will work on delivering the key goals and priorities from local and national strategies and health profiles, which have a key role to play in improving the Health and Wellbeing of Limerick people.
Further Information http://www.activelink.ie/content/vacancies/community/25415
Completed application forms must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 26th July 2016
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