Earlier this year new County Health Profiles were launched on the HSE website. The creation of County Health Profiles is one of the key actions from the Healthy Ireland strategy which is our national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ireland. Understanding health needs at a local level enables local action and creates an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland.
These county profiles will help identify health priorities in these areas and highlight health inequalities which may exist. They are useful for people who work with health partners on a county basis and they are also useful for those inside and outside of the HSE who are interested in a short local profile with key data presented in context of the national picture. They are relevant to those who work in the acute services, primary care, public health, local authorities and local NGOs.
These profiles were created by the regional Departments of Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Division, HSE. They provide a snapshot of the local demographics, health issues and wider determinants of health of that area, compared with the national picture. The data presented represents nationally available indicators that are available at a county/local authority level e.g. population size, deprivation, healthcare utilisation etc.
In addition to the County Health Profiles the Health and Wellbeing Division is looking to create profiles at Community Healthcare Organisation and Hospital Group level.
Within each profile is a spine tool, which was adapted from NHS health profiles, and which presents a selection of local health indicators with a comparison to the Ireland average. A short guide to its interpretation is in the back of each profile. The current profile is more suitable for a reader familiar with interpreting data, charts etc.
We are preparing another iteration and we want to make sure we are providing useful information in a clear and understandable format.
We are looking for your feedback , which can be given on a survey monkey or directly to email@example.com, as to the following
- What geographical/organisational level would be most useful for you to have a profile on for example, CHO area, county, region etc?
- What kind of data would you like to see that is not already included?
- What is more helpful for you – the use of charts to represent information or narrative?
- Your opinion on the content and the format
Any queries about the profiles can be directed to the regional Departments of Public Health. http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/5/publichealth/publichealthdepts/contact/
2015 County Profiles
Carlow - Cavan - Clare - Cork City - Cork County - Donegal - Dublin City - Dublin Fingal - Dublin South - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown - Galway City - Galway County - Kerry - Kildare - Kilkenny - Laois - Leitrim - Limerick City - Limerick County - Longford - Louth - Mayo - Meath - Monaghan - Offaly - Roscommon - Sligo - Tipperary~North - Tipperary~South - Waterford City - Waterford County - Westmeath - Wexford - Wicklow
Enquiries and feedback on the health profiles can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
County Health Profiles:
Editorial input: Gemma Leane and Dr Julie Heslin (HSE South East); Paul Marsden, Carmel Brennan Dr. Ina Kelly (HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster); Judy Cronin, Dr. Breda Cosgrove, Heather Hegarty and Dr Mary T. O’Mahony (HSE South); Aishling Sheridan and Dr Patrick O’Sullivan (HSE North East); Dr Máire O’Connor (HSE East)
Health Profile created by: Deirdre Goggin, Public Health HSE West, Louise Cullen, Public Health HSE North West Maeve O’Leary, Public Health HSE Mid-West.
HSE Public Health Profile Working Group: HSE West: Dr Diarmuid O’Donovan, Dr David Evans, Deirdre Goggin. HSE North West: Dr Louise Doherty, Dr Eve Robinson, Louise Cullen. HSE Mid-West: Dr Marie Casey, Maeve O’Leary.