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2019 Belfast Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary recipient, Danny Cooper, from Disability Sport NI, writes from Utrecht, the first stop on his trip

Danny Cooper, from Disability Sport NI, is the 2019 Belfast Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary recipient. He will travel to Holland and Germany to find out about Wheelchair Basketball, and ahead of his trip he outlines what he hopes to learn.


The ‘Care Zone’ Report was officially launched in Belfast City Hall this week, setting out the priorities for addressing poor health indicators in north Belfast, including high levels of suicide. The report was launched by Lord Mayor Cllr John Finucane and among the speakers at the event was Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride.



Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization initiative in Northern Ireland has launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2019 awards, which recognise the work undertaken by organisations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast.

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.