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Gearing up to Reduce Inequalities 

Health policy experts from across the UK and Ireland were in Belfast yesterday to examine best practice in public policy on Heath Literacy. Health Literacy has been recognised by the World Health Organization as a priority in the next phase of the European Healthy Cities Network programme of work 2019 - 2024.

In Northern Ireland, Health Literacy is now a key element of central policy in the Department of Health and at local government level health literacy is a priority in Community Plans of the 11 Councils.

Belfast Healthy Cities publish 2019 election briefing ‘A Healthier, Happier Belfast’

Candidates standing for election to Belfast City council attended the launch of the Belfast Healthy Cities 2019 Political Briefing for A Healthier, Happier Belfast. The briefing is published as the WHO European Healthy Cities Network moves into Phase VII (2019-2024) with the overarching goals of fostering health and well-being for all, leading by example locally, regionally and globally.

My name is Grace and I am studying for a Master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen’s University Belfast.

From 21 January to 14 March 2019 I have been with Belfast Healthy Cities (BHC) for the placement part of my course.  Although this is only an eight-week internship, it has taught me a lot of knowledge that I cannot learn in class.

Belfast Healthy Cities is offering an annual bursary throughout Phase VII (2019-2024). The Bursary will allow someone working in health and well-being or healthy urban planning in Belfast to visit another European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

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The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the work of organisations and groups across the city to improve the health and well-being of the people of Belfast.

This year’s awards coincide with the 30th anniversary of Belfast being designated as a World Health Organization healthy city and applications were open to all sectors in four categories: Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.

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The WHO International Healthy Cities Conference opened on 1 October 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, bringing together more than 500 delegates from 60 countries and over 200 cities. While the Conference takes place every 5 years, this year’s event has particular significance – it celebrates 30 years of Healthy Cities as a global movement and looks ahead to the next phase of work for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network.

Christine McKee, who is a Public Health Registrar with the Public Health Agency, travelled to the Netherlands between 3-7 September as part of the Healthy City Explorer Bursary.

This bursary has been offered by Belfast Healthy Cities since 2014 and allows individuals working in the field of health and wellbeing, including healthy urban planning and design, to visit another WHO European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

Following on from the success of the WHO International Healthy Cities Conference, Changing Cities to change the world, Celebrating thirty years of the Healthy Cites movement,held last week in Belfast, we are delighted to announce the Belfast Healthy Cities, ‘Healthy City’ 2018 awards. 

As we celebrate 70 years of the NHS and 30 years of Belfast Healthy Cities and the European Healthy Cities Network, Joan Devlin looks at the impact these organisations have had on the health of our city:

On the 5th July 1948 Labour Minister for Health Aneurin Bevan launched the National Health Service, and 70 years on it is hard to quantify the incredible impact this service has had on all our lives.  In some ways it has become a service we all take for granted. At its core it had three overarching principles, which are still maintained to this day:

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