27 Sep 2011
The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) launched a new Community Development Strategy for public consultation. The HSCB and PHA want to see strong, resilient communities where everyone has good health and wellbeing, places where people look out for each other and have community pride in where they live. The HSCB and PHA seek a number of benefits from implementing this strategy including; a reduction in health and wellbeing inequalities, which also means addressing the social factors that affect health; strengthening partnership working with service users, the community and voluntary sectors and other organisations; strengthening families and communities; supporting volunteering and making best use of our resources. Key points from the IPH summary include
- IPH welcome the Community Development Strategy as an approach to enhance health and wellbeing and tackle health inequalities in Northern Ireland.
- IPH recommend the current three strategy documents (Full and summary versions and the Performance Management Framework) are merged into one document for greater clarity.
- Reference to the Performance Management Framework is required in the main body of the text is to ensure good practice is implemented.
- IPH welcome the focus on tackling health inequalities using community development approaches however the contribution of community development approaches needs to be highlighted.
- HIA is a tool to support community engagement and provides a mechanism for HSCB and PHA to support the implementation of this strategy.