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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 Cities facilitated KidsSpace at the city’s annual Culture Night on Friday 16 September.  KidsSpace encourages children to play and use space freely.  Once again we were supported by community artists and Jump, Jiggle and Jive in Buoys Park, Cathedral Quarter. 

Joan Devlin, CEO was joined by two of the 2015 Award Winners, Carole Caldbeck, Wildflower Alley Group and Rachelle McCurry, Studio 5 CIC to officially launch the 2016 World Health Organization Belfast Healthy City Awards.

Children's Voices, Children's Places Event 20 June 2016

Local children were given a voice on the development of Child Friendly Places at the Children’s Voices, Children’s Places event which took place at Belfast City Hall where more than 250 primary school children took the opportunity to set out their priorities and question local decision makers. Participants were welcomed by The High Sheriff, Jim Rodgers and also featured teachers and pupils from Greece as well as policy experts in the field.

We are looking for a part-time Evidence and Information Officer, fixed term until March 2017 to support the organisation to strengthen, develop and share a strong evidence base on the core themes of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network (2014-18). The post holder will play a key role in supporting the delivery of the strategic action plan and contributing to Belfast Healthy Cities’ reputation as a leading source of reliable information on population health, health inequalities and healthy places and environments. 

Low health literacy has real effects on health and illness; people with low health literacy levels make more mistakes with medication or treatment. Those people also rate their health as lower and are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles. In Northern Ireland 18% of working age adults perform at the lowest literacy levels.

Belfast Healthy Cities participated in the recent WHO European Healthy Cities National Network meeting, where City Coordinators were introduced to Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director and other newly appointed WHO Healthy Cities personnel.

Belfast Healthy Cities launched its 2016 Election Briefing to political representatives at Stormont to outline its priorities and the significant role MLAs can play in advancing the main issues affecting health and wellbeing across Northern Ireland.  Topics highlighted included Healthy Life Expectancy; Health Literacy and Championing Health in all Ages.  Belfast Healthy Cities looks forward to working with all political parties to address these important issues.

The role of new technology in helping to deliver a modern health service and address health inequalities was at the centre of a major seminar in Belfast today.

The seminar was hosted by the WHO body, Belfast Healthy Cities and was part of a series focused on sharing learning from Belfast Healthy Cities’ Finnish colleagues in the WHO European Network. Alongside speakers from Finland there were contributions from Northern Ireland, Wales.

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