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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 to suffer from heart disease and cancer, and had a much greater risk of dying from suicide, respiratory disease and COVID-19, you’d assume they would be beating down the doors of doctors’ surgeries in a…

Alcohol-related Harms in Nightlife Settings on the Island of Ireland

A Knowledge Exchange hosted by the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group. In December 2020 the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group hosted a Knowledge Exchange to share evidence and policy developments relevant to reducing alcohol harm in night-life settings. Evidence is emerging on how to balance the pleasures and benefits of night life in…

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 every citizen has had to engage in some way or other with public health advice as well as public health data, research and evidence.  It’s therefore timely that  ‘Communicating Science and Health’ is one of…

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 excess deaths from respiratory disease in socially disadvantaged communities, and asks what can be done to respond. Recent developments on health inequalities on the island of Ireland Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Assembly Health…

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 (HIA). They discuss their role in the Institute of Public Health’s new HIA guidance, they ask how can HIA help adapting to and recovering from COVID-19 and how it links with the broader One Health…

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 (CDHN) talks about the Elevate programme which provides opportunities for the development of skills, knowledge and expertise in community development as a way to tackle health inequalities. CDHN advocates using community development approaches to empower…

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, Queen’s University Belfast advise that it is never too early or never too late to adopt a brain healthy lifestyle! In this blog they highlight ways to slow down cognitive decline and delay or prevent…

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, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and explore the potential public health impact of gambling regulation. Ciara and Joanna are Public Health Development Officers at IPH.  They recently presented evidence to the Northern Ireland All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling and submitted views to the consultation on a draft Mental…

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. “Public health and social measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought profound changes to everyday life…. many more people have gained personal insight into what it means to be socially isolated, lonely, or both.…

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. Diane is currently working in general practice and completing an internship with the Institute of Public Health as part of her Masters in Public Health at University of Limerick. Hypertension is a major preventable risk…

New alcohol policy research network launched across Ireland and the UK

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is among the founding members of a new network for alcohol policy researchers in Ireland and the UK which officially launched today, led by the University of Stirling’s Professor Niamh Fitzgerald and Trinity College Dublin’s Professor Joe Barry.  The Alcohol Research Network UK-Ireland (ACORN) will act as a forum and stimulus for an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural, social, political and economic challenges faced by the UK and Ireland in attempting to implement effective policies to reduce the…

Consultation response: New Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department for Communities Consultation on a new Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity for Northern Ireland. The strategy aims to provide a framework for a cross-departmental approach to promoting participation and excellence in sport and physical activity. IPH emphasised the importance of increasing activity levels and…

Consultation response: Northern Ireland Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031

The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department of Health for Northern Ireland consultation on the Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031. The Strategy is designed to improve mental health outcomes for people in Northern Ireland and sets out a new vision for mental health in Northern Ireland, as well as 29 high-level actions…

Consultation response: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on Environmental Plans for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland Public Discussion Document. This is Northern Ireland’s framework for environmental policies which support green growth in future government policies and business strategies. The Institute’s consultation response is aligned to health in all…

Watch the webinar recording: Healthy Brains for Healthy Populations

The Institute of Public Health’s held a webinar which focused on healthy brains for healthy populations . It took place on Thursday, April 15th at 11am via Zoom. Dr Claire McEvoy from Queen’s University Belfast explored the issue and public health approaches to keeping our brains fit and healthy for longer. Dr McEvoy has received…

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, air, healthcare, vaccinations, and living and working conditions.   But there is much still to be done to extend the full benefits of a longer, healthier old-age to everyone.  In recent years there has been a focus on the role…

Submission: Northern Ireland Licensing & Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill

The Institute of Public Health has responded to a call for evidence from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Communities on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill.  The Bill was introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Minister for Communities on the 19 October 2020. The Bill covers a wide range of…

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 immune system for vaccination. Exercise is not just good for the body and soul, it can also help older people reap the full benefits of vaccination.  Regular aerobic exercise in the weeks or months prior to COVID-19…

Playback: COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation

Playback: COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation Catch up on the Institute’s webinar focused on the impact of COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence shows loneliness is a significant issue for…

Mid-Term Review of the Ten-Year Tobacco Strategy for Northern Ireland: Stakeholder Engagement Report

February 2020 Author: Institute of Public Health The Department of Health undertook a mid-term review of the Strategy with a view to making recommendations for its remaining term. There were three strands to the review including progress reporting on strategy actions, evidence review, and stakeholder engagement. This report presents findings relating to stakeholder engagement. The stakeholder…

Mid-Term Review of the Ten-Year Tobacco Strategy for Northern Ireland: Evidence Review

2020 Author: Institute of Public Health This evidence review forms part of the mid-term review of the Ten Year Tobacco Control Strategy for Northern Ireland (2012-2022) (Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety, 2012). The Strategy goals are: • Fewer people starting to smoke • More smokers quitting • Protecting people from tobacco smoke The…

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

Institute of Public Health 16 February 2021 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…

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: Aid to interpretation of alcohol deaths

The Institute has published a new technical resource – Alcohol deaths in Ireland and Northern Ireland: an aid 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

Author: Institute of Public Health 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…

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…

Factsheet: COVID-19 and Physical Activity

23 Oct 2020 Author: Institute of Public Health The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of writing. The factsheets will be routinely reviewed and periodically updated.  The…

Joint Public Health Annual Conference

Registration is now open to attend the virtual all-island Joint Public Health Conference on November 17th.  The theme for the online conference is Picking up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.  It will bring together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted…

Webinar: Physical Activity and the Pandemic

Keeping active and well as we grow older is a key challenge for public health. This event will focus on the value of sustaining physical activity as we get older and how to support populations to do so.  Speakers from Ireland, the UK, and Australia will share evidence, policy and best practice. The webinar will…

Institute of Public Health welcomes report by Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Institute of Public Health welcomes a new report published by the independent Commission on Alcohol Harm.  The commission found that a new UK-wide alcohol strategy is needed to to address alcohol related harms in Northern Ireland and across the UK, and that a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol should be introduced.  The Commission…

Factsheet: COVID-19 & Tobacco

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  The first factsheet provides a summary of evidence relating to COVID-19 and tobacco. Click here to view it.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of…

***This survey is now closed*** – New survey for health professionals focused on physical activity in older adults

***SURVEY CLOSED*** A NEW survey has been launched by the Institute of Public Health to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge, practice and decision making among health professionals in relation to physical activity promotion with older adults on the island of Ireland.  Click here to take the survey. We know that being physically active is one of the most important first steps that people of all…

Institute of Public Health welcomes commitment to a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.

The Institute of Public Health welcomes the announcement by Health Minister Robin Swann of a commitment to hold a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.  Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol is an important public health policy measure which seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm at both an individual and societal level as well as making an important contribution in helping to tackle…

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 health. Over the last number of years there has been a growing cognisance of the positive health benefits that arts and creativity programmes can have on society.1 A recent scoping report commissioned by the World…

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 Ireland.  Olivia is completing an internship with the Institute as part of her Masters in Public Policy at UCD. With a lot of focus on the response to Covid-19, the ban on the sale of…

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 from a new report on children’s sun safety behaviours in Ireland. Skin Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Ireland, making it a major public health concern. Nationally, over 11,000 non-melanoma cancers and 1,100 invasive…