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Over one hundred community and health professionals from across the UK and Ireland attended the 5th Health Literacy UK Conference which for the first time took place in Belfast. The event in Riddel Hall, Queen’s University included some of the leading world experts on health literacy.  Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health in Sydney, Australia provided the keynote address.

Belfast Healthy Cities has launched the 2018 WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary, which will support study visits to healthy city projects across Europe.

Now in its fifth year, the WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary has so far taken in projects in a range of countries including Sweden, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. The 2017 Bursary saw Dervilia Kernaghan from Cancer Focus travel to Barcelona in December to look at how European cities are adapting to ageing populations.

Over 800 delegates due in city - October 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) 2018 International Healthy Cities Conference has moved a step closer today with the launch of the official conference website. The website can be found at www.healthycitiesbelfast2018.com

The fifth annual Belfast Healthy Cities awards were announced this week and Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister was on hand to pay tribute to the organisations which entered the competitive process. The awards were open to all sectors and entrants included public bodies, voluntary and community based organisations and private sector companies.

Entries were invited across four categories, Promoting Health Equity, Healthy Living, Healthy Places and Engaging for Change.

The award winners:

In mid December, Belfast Healthy Cities joined a delegation that swapped the ice and snow of Belfast for four days in the city of Curitiba in southern Brazil. The aim of the trip was to learn about the city’s ground breaking approach to planning and transport, and to find out about initiatives supporting older people.

Belfast Healthy Cities was among the guests who gathered at the newly opened Titanic Hotel Belfast this week to celebrate the efforts of over 150 of Belfast and Northern Ireland’s academic, medical and professional organisations to recognise their focused efforts in positively promoting the city as an inspiring place to meet, share ideas, and do business.

We were delighted that Belfast Healthy Cities was recognised for our work and we received a ‘Belfast Ambassador’ award on the night, to the surprise of Chief Executive Joan Devlin.

The one day conference is the largest gathering of the health professionals who make up the Health Literacy Group UK, and will take place in Riddel Hall, Queen's University, Belfast on Friday 16th February 2018.

The conference will be an opportunity to share current health literacy thinking, practice and research from across the UK and European, as well as networking with key experts in health literacy

Belfast Healthy Cities today launched their plans to make Belfast a child friendly, inclusive, global city at their ‘Health at the Heart of Belfast’ event in City Hall.
 
The plans were set out in two documents which make the response to Belfast City Council’s consultation to their Belfast Agenda and the first stage of the Local Development Plan. These documents ‘Tackling inequalities in a fast changing Belfast’ and  ‘A Plan Fit for Children’ draw from the experiences of healthy cities from right across the World Health Organization network.

Local health professionals from Belfast have successfully completed a training programme aimed at helping to reduce the impact of low health literacy.

The programme, completed by 19 health professionals, had three aims:

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.

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