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Press release: Loneliness emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the pandemic

Loneliness is emerging as a key health challenge for the population and a public health approach can help tackle the issue, experts told an all-island webinar hosted by the Institute of Public Health today. Over 1,000 people involved in public health, community services and research on the island of Ireland – North and South –joined…

Progress made to protect population health, but tobacco remains leading cause of preventable death

National No Smoking Day, February 17th WHILE significant progress has been made to protect the population from the harms caused by smoking, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland – according to the Institute of Public Health. The Institute – which informs public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern…

Consultation report to inform National Adult Safeguarding Policy

A new report by the Institute of Public Health for the Department of Health to inform the development of a National Adult Safeguarding Policy for the health and social care sector has been published. The Institute undertook a series of focus group consultations with health and social care service users on behalf of the Department…

Webinar: Covid-19 and rethinking loneliness

Register now for the Institute of Public Health’s webinar focused on the impact of Covid-19 on loneliness in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25th between 11am – 12.15pm and you can register here.  Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19…

Technical resource: Aide to interpretation of alcohol deaths

The Institute has published a new technical resource – Alcohol deaths in Ireland and Northern Ireland: an aide to interpretation – to inform policy on this issue. The technical resource aims to support individuals and organisations who are interpreting data on alcohol-related deaths on the island. Following a UK wide consultation in 2017, ‘alcohol-specific deaths’…

The Lancet article: Will the pandemic reframe loneliness and social isolation?

The Institute of Public Health, in partnership with Ulster University and Trinity College, have published an article in The Lancet Healthy Longevity focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and reframing loneliness and social isolation. The article – which can be viewed here –supports policy and research work in this important area for population health. The authors…

Consultation response: Reducing harm related to gambling in Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling. The All Party Group (APG) on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling has been established to address issues associated with gambling harm in the community. Gambling is a significant public health and social issue. Read the…

Mid-Term Review of Northern Ireland’s Tobacco Strategy

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland undertook a mid-term review of its Ten-Year Tobacco Control Strategy (2012-2022), with a view to making recommendations for its remaining term. The goals of the strategy are: Fewer people starting to smoke More smokers quitting Protecting people from tobacco smoke To inform the Department’s mid-term review, the Institute…

Playback: Joint Public Health Conference 2020

If you missed the all-island Joint Public Health Conference 2020, you can now playback all the sessions and listen to the keynote speakers. The conference, which took place virtually on November 17th, 2020, focused on Picking Up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19. It brought together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has…

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Acheson WHO, 1988.

A healthy population is an asset to society. Public health aims to optimise the health of the whole population.

Everyone has an important role in looking after their own health.  However, many of the factors that influence our health outcomes are outside the control of the individual, such as environmental, economic and social factors.

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