IPH are delighted to be a part of the new Healthy Ireland Network launched today by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. IPH Director of Policy Dr Helen McAvoy was present at the launch of the initiative which aims to boost the national movement for health and wellbeing. Everyone present was asked to sign up to a Healthy Ireland Network ‘Charter’ to visibly demonstrate their support for the vision, values and aims of the Network. IPH look forward to working together to support the aims including promoting Healthy Ireland to internal, external and international stakeholders. We support the Charter's recognition and commitment to reduce health inequalities and to help do this through the creation and strengthening of partnerships.
The first phase of the new Healthy Ireland Network has been established by the Healthy Ireland Council to get all types of organisations across the country to sign-up to combined efforts to improve health and wellbeing.
The Taoiseach was joined by Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy at the event in Dublin Castle, which was attended by members of the Healthy Ireland Council and representatives from a wide range of organisations around the country.
Acknowledging the good work already underway in implementing the Healthy Ireland Framework, the Taoiseach said: “The health and wellbeing of our people is our most valuable resource which is why the implementation of Healthy Ireland continues to be a priority for this Government. We all have a role in creating a healthier Ireland, a place where health and wellbeing is top of everyone’s mind and where no-one is left behind. This new Network will be important in ensuring the Healthy Ireland message is spread, understood and acted on throughout all sectors in our society and all parts of the country.”
About the Healthy Ireland Framework
The Healthy Ireland Framework is a Government-led initiative which aims to create an Irish society where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health, and where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society. Healthy Ireland has come about because of concerns that the current health status of people living in Ireland – including lifestyle trends and health inequalities – is leading us towards a future that is dangerously unhealthy, and very likely unaffordable. Healthy Ireland seeks to provide people and communities with accurate information on how to improve their health and wellbeing and seeks to empower and motivate them by making the healthy choice the easier choice.
Healthy Ireland Vision: A healthy Ireland, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential; where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Healthy Ireland Goals:
- Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
- Reduce health inequalities
- Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
- Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
Purpose of the Healthy Ireland Network:
- To establish and grow an empowering national movement that treats health and wellbeing as an individual and collective responsibility
- To support and advocate for the goals and vision of Healthy Ireland
- To ensure the Healthy Ireland message is spread, understood, and acted on throughout Ireland
Values of the Healthy Ireland Network:
- Inclusive. We commit to reaching and representing all groups in society.
- Empowering. We commit to working to empower individuals and communities to achieve and maintain their optimal health and wellbeing.
- Collaborative. We commit to engaging in and promoting partnerships that will work to achieve the Healthy Ireland vision and goals.
- Evidence-based. We commit to using evidence-based approaches to help us achieve and sustain a healthy Ireland.
- Transparent. We commit to operating the Network in an accountable and transparent manner.