Minister launches Healthy Ireland Plan
Minister for Health Simon Harris was in Bray last Friday to launch the HSE Community Healthcare East Healthy Ireland Plan.
The emphasis of the plan is on the promotion of health, healthier lifestyle choices, prevention of illness and to empower people to manage their health conditions in the community.
Work on implementing the plan is already under way. For example, the area's Directory of Services and Programmes for Adults with Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions and Stroke has been completed to assist health care professionals to refer clients to initiatives and programmes that are the most appropriate for them.
'Community Healthcare East (Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and Wicklow) has been a leader in terms of encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles for many years so I am really delighted to be launching its new Healthy Ireland Plan today,' said Minister Harris.
'Health and well-being promotion is the cornerstone of Healthy Ireland and of Sláintecare. We know that we need to engage with all citizens to support, enable and empower them to make the necessary changes to improve their health and well-being. This plan demonstrates the commitment of the HSE is this area to making that happen. It lays out achievable actions to improving the health and well-being of the population for the area, and demonstrates the immense collaborative work underway with other agencies.'
Martina Queally, chief officer of HSE Community Healthcare East, said that promoting the health of the population to prevent illness is an essential part of the Sláintecare strategy.
'The Community Healthcare East Healthy Ireland Plan is a framework for action to improve the health and well-being of the people who live in our catchment area,' she said. 'Our goals are to increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life, reduce health inequalities, protect the public from threats to health and well-being, and create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part.'
The plan launched last week will be delivered over a period of five years, collaborating with key stakeholders and partners.
Community Healthcare East (CHO 6) is one of nine Community Healthcare Organisations set up as the community based arm of the Health Service Executive. It delivers health care to the population of Dublin South East, Dún Laoghaire and Wicklow outside the hospital setting. It provides support to assist its population to live healthy and well in their own communities for as long as is possible with specialist intervention when required. The emphasis is on the promotion of health, healthier lifestyle choices, prevention of illness and an informed self-management where an illness already exists.