Equity Action is a Joint Action between EU Member States aiming to reduce health inequalities by helping to improve policies at national and regional level and harness the contribution of stakeholders.
The Equity Action final conference took place on 23 January 2014. The conference was attended by nearly 500 delegates and a host of high level speakers including Professor Sir Michael Marmot and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald TD. The huge attendance at this conference was indicative of the central place the issue of health inequalities now occupies on the EU policy making agenda. Dr NoÃ«lle Cotter from IPH drew attention to the recent IPH assessment of the health impact of sugar sweetened drinks. Dr Cotter also highlighted Irelandâ€™s focus on the importance of early intervention as emphasised in the Marmot Report.
Tobacco control workshops will be hosted in Belfast (5/6 June) and Dublin (9/10 June) to support the capacity of participants to address key challenges and debates in tobacco control policies. They will feature key national leaders and international speakers.
Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children aged 1 year and over and preventing such injury requires a coordinated approach from multiple agencies and stakeholders. In keeping with a coordinated approach to child injury prevention, IPH co-hosted a conference 'Preventing Injury to Children - Can we do better?' in January with the Department of Health, Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Health Service Executive, Poisons Information Centre of Ireland, and Irish Water Safety.
Further information and presentations available here
Left to right: Prof Alf Nicholson (Temple Street Childrenâ€™s University Hospital/RCSI), Kate Oâ€™Flaherty (DoH), Owen Metcalfe (IPH), Dr Sean Denyer (DCYA/DoH)
IPH presented evidence on health and wellbeing measures to reduce workplace sickness absence to the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Finance and Personnel on 26 March. The presentation highlighted that systematic, coordinated and comprehensive approaches, which include employee involvement, are essential for promoting health and wellbeing within the workplace. Areas for action discussed included active travel, healthy eating and programmes to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
New and updated information
A number of indicators have been updated on the Community Profiles Tools to include more data from Census 2011. These include quality of drinking water and quantity of household waste. Mortality data for 2012 for the Republic of Ireland has also been updated and includes age-specific and age-standardised rates.
Professor Kevin Balanda made a presentation entitled 'Some personal reflections on trans-disciplinary research for better population health & wellbeing' at the Irish Research Councils Horizon 2020 â€˜Creative Connectionsâ€™ workshop held on the 11 February 2014. He argued that comprehensive systems-wide solutions are needed to meet complex public health challenges and that these can only be supported by research that genuinely brings together the contributions of many disciplines and perspectives.
Public Health Annual Scientific Conference: Recognising diversity in Public Health â€“ 16 June 2014, Riddell Hall, Belfast
The third Public Health Scientific Conference will focus on how public health innovations, research and practice are meeting the needs of minority groups. The conference will be hosted by the Public Health Agency and other partners.
Following the second successful IPH Open Conference in October 2013 we are delighted to announce this year's conference will take place in Titanic Belfast. Further information will follow at a later date. In the meantime revisit some of the presentations from the 2013 event.