Public health policy | IPH

By: Public Health  05/12/2011
Keywords: Health Service, Currently Working, Health Service Executive

IPH work supports the development of public policy designed to improve population health and reduce health inequalities on the island of Ireland. Our work influences policies directly related to health such as those being developed and led by the Department’s of Health and national health agencies North and South. We also support the ongoing development of wider public policies which influence population health, such as social policy, transport, education and the built environment as well as those policies related to vulnerable groups in society.

IPH work on public health policy

This includes

  • working directly with government departments to support them in the process of developing evidence-based equitable and patient-centred health policy
  • submitting evidence-based recommendations in IPH responses to policy consultations (hyperlink)
  • developing position and briefing papers (link) on public health priorities which are strategic and policy relevant
  • maximizing the opportunities for North/South cooperation and harmonized, cost-effective policy making and implementation on public health priorities
  • developing ease of access to health intelligence resources which support national,  regional and local policy making (hyperlink to health well)

IPH partners on public health policy

IPH is currently working with

  • Department of Health (ROI) on the development of Your Health is Your Health – the public health strategy for Ireland and a national rare diseases plan for Ireland (links)
  • Health Service Executive (HSE) supporting the implementation of the HSE Health Inequalities Framework,  and as part of the HSE Tobacco Control Stakeholders Group
  • Interdepartmental Group on Affordable Energy in Ireland on issues relating to fuel poverty and health
  • Association of Population Health Observatories (APHO), UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI) led by QUB (links) and others on developing health intelligence to inform policy in the areas of obesity, diet and other population health priorities
  • Injury Observatory for Britain and Ireland (IOBI) for health intelligence to inform injury policy (link)

Keywords: Currently Working, Health Policy, Health Service, Health Service Executive, Public Health

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