Making Every Contact Count was established by the HSE in 2016 to support the implementation of Healthy Ireland in our health services and help people to make healthier lifestyle choices.

Through the programme, health professionals will support patients make healthier lifestyle choices.

During routine consultations, health professionals ask patients about lifestyle behaviours related to chronic disease. The goal of these 'contacts' is to address risk factors for chronic disease. Through these contacts, health professionals will help patients achieve positive long-term behaviour change.

The Making Every Contact programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical activity
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

Why we need Making Every Contact Count

Chronic disease treatment puts unsustainable pressure on current health services. Making Every Contact Count aims to relieve that pressure by helping prevent chronic disease and empowering patients to manage their chronic disease.

There are approximately 30 million 'contacts' to the Irish health service every year. 14 million of these are with GP services.

Healthcare professionals are being asked to take the opportunity during their daily contacts with patients and service users to:

  • support patients to make lifestyle choices that help prevent chronic diseases
  • promote self-management of existing chronic diseases

The Programme team

The Making Every Contact Count Programme is managed by a small core team as part of the Health and Wellbeing, Strategic Planning and Transformation of the HSE, including:

  • Sandra Coughlan Head of Training and Programme Design
  • Agatha Lawless, Project Manager, Making Every Contact Count Programme
  • Donna Doyle, Project Manager, Making Every Contact Count Programme
  • Loretta Browne, Staff Officer  Making Every Contact Count Programme 
  • Megan Hennessey, Project Officer, Making Every Contact Count Programme

For further information and queries on the Making Every Contact Count training programme please email: makingevery.contactcount@hse.ie

Local MECC Contact Person 2022/2023

Please see list below if you need to contact a local person with queries in relation to MECC.
This includes queries on MECC training and MECC implementation for both CHO staff and hospital staff.

MECC training on HSeLand

If you are having technical problems with the MECC training on HSeLand please contact the support desk
Email: support@hseland.ie
Phone: 01 9638272 - 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Visit: hseland.ie/dash/Home/Contact

CHO 1 - Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo

Contact: Lynda McGuinness, Senior Health Promotion Officer
Phone:   087 4057829
Email:     Lynda.McGuinness@hse.ie

CHO 2 - Community Healthcare West (Mayo, Galway, Roscommon)

Contact: Lisa Corbett, Senior Community Nutritionist – Health Promotion
Phone:   087 1138148
Email:     Lisa.corbett@hse.ie

CHO 3 - Mid West Community Healthcare (Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary)

Contact: Maureen (Mo) Foley, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 6487821
Email:     Mo.Foley@hse.ie

CHO 4 - Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

Contact: Maire O’Leary, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Making Every Contact Count Lead CHO4
Phone:   087 1234025
Email:     mairemoleary@hse.ie

CHO 5 - South East Community Healthcare (Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, South Tipperary)

Contact: Tracey Tobin, Senior Health Promotion & Improvement Officer, Making Every Contact Count Mobiliser
Phone:   087 9028590
Email:     tracy.tobin@hse.ie

CHO 6 - Community Healthcare East (Dublin South East, Dun Laoghaire, Wicklow)

Contact: Michelle Hardie Murphy, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 1232021
Email:     michelle.hardiemurphy@hse.ie

CHO 7 - Community Healthcare Dublin South, Kildare, West

Contact: Rose Marie Plant. Senior Health Promotion Officer, MECC Lead
Phone:   086 8232977
Email:     rosemarie.plant@hse.ie

CHO 8 - Community Healthcare Midlands Louth Meath (Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath)

Contact: Duana McArdle, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Lead for Making Every Contact Count Programme Midlands Louth Meath
Phone:   087 3761552
Email:     duana.mcardle@hse.ie

CHO 9 - Dublin North City and County

Contact: Brid Greenan, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer
Phone:   087 9581102
Email:     brid.greenan@hse.ie