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Belfast - healthy city: Track 1

In the late nineteen eighties, Belfast became part of the World Health Organisation's Healthy Cities Project. The aim was to get as many institutions as possible to make health central to their planning and to give the diverse communities of Belfast a real say in their future. What were the challenges they faced? What solutions did they evolve? In this album Healthy Cities founder member Ilona Kickbusch and Belfast health promotion professionals Joan Devlin, David Stewart and Mary Black explore the history of this important health project. They reveal the crucial role that partnerships across both public and private bodies played in the success of the project. This material, recorded in 2006, forms part of The Open University course K311 Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice.

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  • Duration 50 mins
  • Updated Thursday 25th March 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Sociology
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Track 1: Belfast - healthy city

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2010


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Belfast - healthy city    A short introduction to this album. Play now Belfast - healthy city
2 Healthy Cities: the idea    Ilona Kickbusch on how the Healthy Cities Movement began in the mid nineteen eighties as a European initiative. Play now Healthy Cities: the idea
3 Healthy Cities: the reality    Ilona Kickbusch on how the initiative spread out from Europe to the rest of the world, and is particularly important in South America. Play now Healthy Cities: the reality
4 Belfast as a healthy city    Joan Devlin of Belfast Healthy Cities on the historical high levels of deprivation in Belfast. Play now Belfast as a healthy city
5 Implementing WHO targets    Joan Devlin on how Belfast set out a five year plan dealing with issues such as urban planning and healthy aging. Play now Implementing WHO targets
6 Influences on policy    David Stewart, director of public health, EHSSB, reveals how Belfast is influenced by what is happening in the UK and in Eire. Play now Influences on policy
7 Euroepean influences on policy    David Stewart on how public Health policy in Belfast is also significantly influenced by new European initiatives and legislation. Play now Euroepean influences on policy
8 Health challenges in Belfast    Joan Devlin on how public health in Northern Ireland has improved in recent years but in parts of Belfast there are still significant levels of deprivation. Play now Health challenges in Belfast
9 Re-positioning public heath    Joan Devlin explains that there is now recognition in Northern Ireland than health issues have to be tackled in a broad way taking in areas such as housing and education. Play now Re-positioning public heath
10 Aids to implementing policy    David Stewart on how Northern Ireland's size is advantageous when it comes to cross-sector work and experimental projects. Play now Aids to implementing policy
11 Barriers to implementing policy    David Stewart on how Northern Ireland is disadvantaged by the British government's Barnett Formula and its complex local government system Play now Barriers to implementing policy
12 Legacies of the troubles    David Stewart on how Northern Ireland's sectarian divide can throw up unexpected health issues such as problems finding sufficient space to exercise. Play now Legacies of the troubles
13 The Belfast City Health plan    Joan Devlin on the consultation document produced to try to get organisations to think about health in all aspects of their planning. Play now The Belfast City Health plan
14 Success of Belfast Healthy City    Joan Devlin on how Belfast has been successful in implementing its Healthy Cities programme but there is a lot of work still to be done. Play now Success of Belfast Healthy City
15 Politics and participation    Mary Black of the NW Belfast Health Action Zone explains how Northern Ireland's difficult political situation added an extra layer of challenge to implementing the Healthy Cities policy, Play now Politics and participation
16 Belfast Health Action Zones    Mary Black on how Health Action Zones were set up in Belfast to address significant inequalities in health in different parts of the city. Play now Belfast Health Action Zones
17 Challenges and priorities    Mary Black on how health workers in Belfast realised that the real challenge was to bring together different stakeholders and get them to work together in an integrated way. Play now Challenges and priorities
18 Working in partnership    Joan Devlin on how Belfast Healthy Cities is a model for further partnership initiatives. Play now Working in partnership
19 Aids to partnership work    Mary Black on how, for partnerships to succeed, there must be careful consideration of all the different players involved and a strong guiding vision. Play now Aids to partnership work
20 Barriers to partnership work    Mary Black on how the Belfast Healthy Cities project has never had sufficient funding of its own so it has always needed to find ways to lever funding out of a variety of partners. Play now Barriers to partnership work
21 Women's Health information group    Kathleen Feenan talks about The Women's Health Information Group, a successful voluntary network of women who are trained to distribute information about a variety of health related issues. Play now Women's Health information group