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Healthy Cities 21st Century


  • The flagship capacity building programme drew to a close this week with participants receiving certificates from the Belfast Healthy Cities Chair, Dr David Stewart, for successful completion of programme.

    The programme saw 24 participants from a range of statutory and community and voluntary organisations undertake 4 modules facilitated by Erica Ison, WHO Expert Advisor and Specialist in Health Equity in All Policies and Belfast Healthy Cities.

  • Following on from last week’s event with schools from South, East and West Belfast, Belfast Healthy Cities again provided a platform for local children from North Belfast to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

  • Health Literacy Group

    Local health professionals from across Derry City and Strabane District Council area have successfully completed a training programme aimed at helping to reduce the impact of low health literacy.

    The programme, which was completed by 11 health professionals from across Derry City and Strabane District Council and the wider area had three aims:

  • There has been a noticeable increase recently in the number of news stories about children’s health, and the publication this week of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) ‘State of child health’ report has brought into sharp focus the need to deal with this important health issue at a local level.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities today provided a platform for local children to give their views on the development of Child Friendly spaces in Belfast under the theme ‘Healthy Places, Healthy Children’ with Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance.

    Pupils from Cranmore Integrated Primary School, Glenveagh School and St Kevin’s Primary School gathered in the Girdwood Community Hub to discuss how the physical environment around children can impact their health.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities Chief Executive, Joan Devlin, attended the ‘Well-being for all – equity and health’ conference organised by the City of Reykjavik and Directorate of Health, Reykjavik.  Joan was invited to give a presentation on ‘Healthy Cities – Connected for Health’ including the experience of Belfast being a healthy city across all six phases since the inception of the European Healthy Cities Network.   

  • On 22 February, Belfast Healthy Cities hosted an election hustings event in collaboration with the MAC, as part of the MAC Question Time series. A panel of Assembly candidates including Claire Hanna from SDLP, Pat Sheehan from Sinn Féin and Mike Nesbitt from UUP responded to questions from an audience of over 70 health sector professionals, chaired by BBC health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly.

  • The challenge of how to address increasing health inequality was discussed at a seminar on 18 January. The Reducing Inequalities: Getting Results seminar took place at Queen’s University Belfast and saw more than 100 professionals across sectors come together to hear speakers from Slovenia and Manchester share their experience of tackling inequalities through direct policy action and preventative measures.

  • The fourth annual WHO Belfast Healthy Cities Awards has taken place with organisations being recognised for their work aimed at tackling health inequality and promoting wellbeing in Belfast.

    The Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Brian Kingston presented awards to winning and highly commended projects in four categories: Promoting Health Equity; Engaging for Change; Healthy Places; Healthy Living.

  • The ninth meeting of the World Health Organization European Healthy Cities Task Force is currently taking place in Belfast, hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities. 

  • The first joint meeting of UK Healthy Cities Network and National Healthy Cities and Counties of Ireland Network, took place in Belfast on Thursday 1 December.  The two networks then joined together with the Healthy Ageing Task Force for the final session of their 2 day meeting.

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  • A supportive built environment contributes to everyone’s health and wellbeing. Children and older people are two key groups who particularly benefit from environments that provide easy access to services and encourage active living and social interaction. Children and older people tend to spend more time in their local neighbourhoods than others, and can therefore contribute valuable knowledge and expertise of how local spaces work. Both groups, however, have specific needs that need to be taken into consideration in planning the built environment.

  • Representing WHO Secretariat, Joan Devlin is pictured at the Regions for Health Network meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania with WHO European Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab and Swedish RHN representative Elisabeth Bengtsson.

  • Belfast Healthy Cities sign up to support Sustainable Development Goal of Reducing Inequalities at the recent WHO Healthy Cities Coordinators training session in Turku, Finland.

Belfast Healthy City Awards 2015

Belfast Healthy City Awards

Awards were presented in Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Resource

Resource Pack

A resource pack for elected members, planners and public health practitioners and others who want to learn more about the links between planning and health.

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Reuniting Planning and Health Presentations


Speakers included Riccardo Marini, Gehl Architects and Gabriel Scally, WHO.

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