Breakout Sessions- Health Inequalities- Mind the Gap….who cares?

October 19th, Derry-Londonderry, 12:15-13:30, Green Room
October 20th, Belfast, 12:15-13:30, room TBC

The conditions in which we are born, live, work and age affect our health. They can promote and protect health or they can be health damaging. In Northern Ireland, as in many countries, the poorer you are, the worse your health outcomes will be. While we have seen real improvement sin the overall health of the population, the gap between the most and least affluent persists and in some instances is widening.
In this workshop we will unpick some of these issues and take a close look at the role primary care professional, including doctors, pharmacists, health visitors and social workers, could or should play in tackling these seemingly intractable issues.

Session Facilitators: Joanne Morgan(CDHN)
Joanne Morgan is the Director of Community Development and Health Network (CDHN), a membership organisation working across Northern Ireland to end health inequalities through community development. A qualified Town Planner, Joanne has worked within the community, voluntary and statutory sectors for the past 20 years with experience gained as a Peace Manger and Manager of Early Years services including a range of Sure Start projects. Joanne has been director of CDHN for 7 years. She is a Board Member of the Centre of Excellence for Public Health at Queen’s with a particular interest in knowledge translation, co-production and health literacy and their impact on communities. Joanne is a passionate believer in the power of community development in bringing about transformation in local communities.
Tony Doherty (Healthy Living Centre Alliance)
Tony Doherty is the Regional Coordinator of the Healthy Living Centres’ Alliance. His previous role (2002-14) was General Manager of the award-winning Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum. Tony is Chairperson and community sector representative of the Western ICP (Northern Sector) covering Derry-Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane.
Tony was instrumental in establishing the Health Forum in 1999 while working as Project Co-ordinator the £2m capital project to redevelop the disused Gasyard site in the Brandywell area for community use. Along with a number of other local community workers, he steered the course upon which the Health Forum developed from a cross-sectoral working group to implementing a major community-led health partnership. Tony views the combined community and statutory sector approach as the essential synthesis for making a difference to peoples’ lives.
Tony has been central to the development of a vibrant community network in the Bogside & Brandywell area since the early 1990’s. He also served for three years (2009-12) as co-chair of the Western Investing for Health Partnership and was an active member of the Later Years Sub Group.

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