Sláintecare Healthy Communities
In 2021, Sláintecare Healthy Ireland in the Department of Health, working with the HSE and local authorities and community agencies, launched the Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programme to provide increased health and wellbeing services in 19 community areas across Ireland. An evidenced based process identified local areas in which health and wellbeing risk factors are particularly concentrated and where particular initiatives will be delivered to help promote and improve the overall health and wellbeing of people in those communities. These initiatives will be delivered through partnership working with a range of partners (HSE, local authorities and community groups) working together to provide dedicated services to build lasting improvements in health and wellbeing.
Where are the communities?
The initial focus will be on 19 areas, based across the country which may provide a basis on which to roll out similar approaches in other areas. In Cork the Sláintecare Healthy Communities area is in the north side of the city stretching from Knocknaheeny across to The Glen and Mayfield. Click here to view area map.
What does it mean for the communities?
To ensure the local communities selected have access to the full enhanced health and wellbeing programme, a core group of services will be established in each area to support people’s wellbeing within that community, providing better access to the range of services needed to help improve and promote healthier lifestyle behaviours. These initiatives include:
· Parents Plus Programme – To support the mental health of parents and healthy child development
· Healthy Food Made Easy Programme – To support and inform a healthier diet, the Healthy Food Made Easy (HFME) programme will provide a nutrition and cookery course that helps people to change to a healthy diet, plan meals on a budget and make easy to cook meals.
· Social Prescribing – To improve and support mental health and wellbeing, a Social Prescribing Link Worker will work with individuals who need support, linking them into community activities and services.
· We Can Quit Programme – A free, friendly and supportive 12 week quit smoking programme with free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a weekly stop smoking group and one to one support.
· Stop Smoking Advisor – To help people quit smoking, a Stop Smoking Advisor will provide 1-1 support to smokers within the community with quit attempts, including the provision of FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (Stop Smoking medication). The Stop Smoking Advisor will also support smoke free environments. Contact Miriam O’Shea 086-7871831
· Making Every Contact Count Programme – To encourage and support more people to make healthier choices, the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) programme will work with local health professionals to ensure they have the capability to deliver brief interventions and advice for all patients regarding healthy behaviours (smoking, alcohol use, physical activity, mental wellbeing, diet and nutrition).
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