May 5th 2016
The inaugural Cork Healthy Cities conference “Cork a City That Connects For Health” was held today in City Hall. Introducing the Healthy Cities concept, the conference described how health is not just lack of illness but is determined by where you are born, grow, live, work and age.
The conference was attended by 150 health focused individuals who heard from local, national and European speakers on health and what influences the health of a city.
Welcoming delegates, Ms Ann Doherty, Cork County Council CEO said:
“Through our plans for the city centre and surrounding suburbs, we have made huge strides as a city to address health concerns. The new Cork City Council structures such as the Local Community Development Committees will have health as a focus and, also take into account the impact that city planning and development can have on the health of its residents”.
Ms Doherty added: “The Healthy Cities concept has been of great benefit to Cork City. It continually supports innovation and partnerships the Cork Age Friendly Alliance, which recently launched a five year Age Friendly Strategy. Other partnerships include Cork Food Policy Council, Cork Cancer Action Network and Grow Lifelong Learning in Cork.”
Keynote speaker and representative of French Healthy Cities Network, Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet, pointed to the example of Rennes where the local government have taken a ‘Health in All Policies’ approach to planning. This approach takes in to account the affect that plans and policies adopted by the city will have on the health of the city. Ms. Marchandise-Franquet described how the French Healthy Cities Network has led the drive to make health a focus at a governance level by providing training to newly elected politicians, promoting best practice with online learning tools and creating partnerships around specific health challenges in the city of Rennes .
Today’s conference outlined how Cork City achieved its Healthy City status from the WHO in 2012. Since then the Healthy Cities committee have been working from a community development perspective on improving health across the Cork City.
Dr Hartigan explained: “The ‘Healthy Ireland’ strategy is about promoting and implementing health improvements in our different communities – city or rural. There are many positive examples of Healthy Cities and Healthy Counties activities and partnerships being shared today. These link well with the ‘Healthy Irelands’ goals”.
Another call to action at the conference was for the people of Cork to become ‘Champions of Health’ with their own community or work place. Jenny Morgan and Jenna Hanna who deliver Community Health Champions training in Northern Ireland explained that
Last updated on: 05 / 05 / 2016