IPH Blogs
Read the latest blogs from the Institute of Public Health. The blogs provide a range of short-form reads to keep you up to date with latest news, while also providing long-form reads offering insightful analysis. The blogs are comment and opinion from our staff, and some contributions from public health colleagues and organisations we work with. The opinions expressed by blog authors are theirs alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Institute of Public Health. If you are interested in a particular public health issue you can filter publications by theme by selecting a topic for example ‘alcohol’ or tobacco’.
Men’s Health Week: Stacking the odds against gambling harms - the case for stronger regulation

Men’s Health Week: Stacking the odds against gambling harms – the case for stronger regulation

To mark Men’s Health Week (13 June-19 June), the Institute of Public Health (IPH) looks at what current data and ...
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Young Women & Mental Health: We All Have a Part to Play

Young Women & Mental Health: We All Have a Part to Play

Esther Atuhaire is undertaking a student placement at the Institute of Public Health as part of a Masters Programme in ...
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Blog for #EPHW2022: Health, wealth and our planet

Blog for #EPHW2022: Health, wealth and our planet

To mark European Public Health Week, Dr Jenny Mack, IPH Public Health Development Officer, explores the link between climate change ...
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Housing and Health – Why tackling cold homes is a public health issue

Housing and Health – Why tackling cold homes is a public health issue

A considerable number of older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland live in housing that could pose a risk to ...
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Blog: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living on the island of Ireland

Blog: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living on the island of Ireland

In this blog, Louise O’Connor, a research assistant at the Institute of Public Health, explores what we know, and don’t ...
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Climate Change and Public Health: The heat is on for more urgent action in Northern Ireland

In this blog IPH Public Health Development Officer, Dr Jenny Mack, explores the relationship between climate change and public health ...
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Men’s Health – encouraging men to check back in to a healthier future

Men’s Health – encouraging men to check back in to a healthier future

By Aideen Sheehan, Knowledge Translation Officer If you knew there was a group who died years earlier, were more likely ...
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Blog: Practical tips for the public engagement aspects of communicating science and health

Blog: Practical tips for the public engagement aspects of communicating science and health

Its been a year like no other for public engagement with public health science. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that ...
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Blog: Dying young from respiratory disease – are we making progress on reducing inequalities?

Blog: Dying young from respiratory disease – are we making progress on reducing inequalities?

In this blog, Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Health, explores what we know about ...
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Blog: All for One Health and Health Impact Assessment

In this blog, Ben Cave and Joanna Purdy discuss recent developments from Ireland and Northern Ireland in Health Impact Assessment ...
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Blog: The Elevate Programme - building community development to tackle health inequalities

Blog: The Elevate Programme – building community development to tackle health inequalities

Today’s theme for the European Public Health Week is “Your Local Community”. Joanne Vance, Director of Community Development Health Network ...
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Blog: Healthy Brains for a Healthy Population - the road to a brain-healthy lifestyle

Blog: Healthy Brains for a Healthy Population – the road to a brain-healthy lifestyle

Dr Claire McEvoy, Lecturer in Nutrition and Ageing Research and Rebecca Townsend PhD researcher at the Centre for Public Health, ...
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Blog: New challenges in mental health – what role for enhanced regulation of gambling?

Blog: New challenges in mental health – what role for enhanced regulation of gambling?

In this blog, Ciara Reynolds and Joanna Purdy from the Institute of Public Health (IPH) discuss gambling and mental health, ...
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Blog: Loneliness a key public health issue for society

Blog: Loneliness a key public health issue for society

Professor Roger O'Sullivan, Director of Ageing Research & Development at IPH, talks about loneliness as a key public health issue ...
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Blog: The impact of COVID-19 on hypertension and priorities in pandemic recovery

Blog: The impact of COVID-19 on hypertension and priorities in pandemic recovery

On World Hypertension Day, Dr. Diane Bredin discusses the impact of COVID-19 on hypertension and considers priorities in pandemic recovery ...
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BLOG: How creative arts can support positive ageing

BLOG: How creative arts can support positive ageing

The longevity dividend of the last century has added decades onto people’s lives through improved public health – better water, ...
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BLOG: Benefits of physical activity for COVID-19 vaccination

BLOG: Benefits of physical activity for COVID-19 vaccination

Aideen Sheehan from the Institute of Public Health offers some insights on how a little physical activity can boost your ...
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Blog: The importance of arts for older people’s health and wellbeing

Blog: The importance of arts for older people’s health and wellbeing

In this blog, Laura McQuade from the Institute of Public Health, explores the role of the arts to support population ...
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Blog: Menthol moves on – a milestone to reducing tobacco consumption

Blog: Menthol moves on – a milestone to reducing tobacco consumption

In this blog, Olivia O’Brien, discusses a new law banning the sale of menthol tobacco products across Ireland and Northern ...
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Blog: Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: covering up for cancer prevention

Blog: Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: covering up for cancer prevention

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, Public Health Development Officer with the Institute of Public Health, discusses some of the findings ...
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Blog: Covid-19, growing old and healthy

Blog: Covid-19, growing old and healthy

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on growing old and growing healthy. Dr Conor Cunningham from ...
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Blog: Equal health for all

Blog: Equal health for all

14 May 2020 It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on equal health for all. Aideen Sheehan ...
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Blog: Covid-19 and the digital divide

Blog: Covid-19 and the digital divide

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on technology becoming part of our health systems. As we ...
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Blog: Active childhoods in an era of social distancing

Blog: Active childhoods in an era of social distancing

Wednesday, 29th April 2020 With schools currently closed, Active School Week has been replaced with Active Home Week. Dr Helen ...
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