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Healthy Cities 21st Century

Defining Poverty and Inequalities: Taking Collective Action

Inequalities are interpreted and understood in different ways by sectors and agencies in Belfast.  A wide range of work is currently being undertaken across the city to tackle poverty, life and health inequalities.

On Thursday 26 February a workshop, jointly hosted by Belfast Healthy Cities and Belfast Strategic Partnership, focused on the tasks of agreeing a definition of inequalities and initiating the development of a tool to support organisations to assess the impact of their policies and practice on inequalities and poverty. 

The workshop which was facilitated by World Health Organization Expert Adviser and  Health Impact Assessment Specialist, Erica Ison, featured contributions from Mary Black, Assistant Director Public Health (Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement), Public Health Agency and Penny Gruffydd, Sustainable Development Unit, City & County of Swansea.

The WHO European Healthy City of Swansea has successfully implemented an Integrated Impact Assessment Screening Tool, which supports multidisciplinary groups with responsibility for addressing health inequalities to align their activities at a local level with the values of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network in order to maximise their impact.

Full programme   Workshop Background paper

Presentation:Tackling Health Inequalities Together  Mary Black, Public Health Agency

Presentation:Working Together for a Better Swansea  Penny Gruffydd, City and County of Swansea

Presentation: Inequalities and Poverty: Developing a framework for a tool to assess action Erica Ison, WHO Expert Advisor

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