In 2010, Waterford City became a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network. It is one of only three such cities in Ireland and 100 in Europe.
Healthy Waterford recognises that our health is affected by the places that we live, work and play. As such all organisations and sectors in Waterford have a role to play in creating a healthy Waterford. We aim to work with organisations and sectors to improve the quality of life for everyone.
Healthy Waterford works with a group of committed stakeholders including:
- Health Service Executive;
- Waterford City & County Council;
- Waterford Area Partnership;
- Waterford Childcare Committee;
- Waterford Institute of Technology;
- Waterford Sports Partnership;
- Waterford Public Participation Network; and
- Community Health Network.
The above stakeholders form the Healthy Waterford Steering Committee.
The Committee is governed by the principles of the WHO Healthy Cities Network. It is committed to reducing health inequalities and improving leadership for health. The Healthy Waterford Steering Committee will create a support structure to address the wider influences of health and wellbeing at a local level by:
- providing inspiration;
- facilitating innovative actions; and
- informing the development of good policies and practices throughout Waterford City and County.
What is our vision?
Our vision for Healthy Waterford is to make health all of our business by:
- creating a healthy, equitable, resilient and vibrant Waterford for all who live, work and visit there; and
- supporting all organisations and sectors to do their part in improving health and well-being.
The things that influence health and well-being are called health determinants. We easily recognise things like age, gender and lifestyle as health determinants. However, other things also strongly influence health outcomes, including:
- income, and
- the physical environment.
What is the WHO European Healthy Cities Network?
The WHO European Healthy Cities Network recognises that a city is in a strong position to provide leadership for health and well-being. Cities can influence people’s health and well-being through policies and interventions to improve health determinants.
A city joins the WHO European Health Cities Network based on standards and conditions that are renewed every five years.
The current phase, Phase VI (2014-2018) is based on the European health policy framework, Health 2020. This framework focuses on:
improving health for everyone, and
reducing health inequalities through improved leadership and health management.
Healthy Ireland, Ireland’s framework for improved health and well-being (2013-2025), is in line with the goals and objectives of the WHO Healthy Cities Programme.
Waterford City Health Profile
Making Health our Business was developed to meet both the requirements of the WHO Healthy Cities Network and to inform the development of policies and actions to develop Waterford City as a healthy city. It aims to help individuals, groups and organisations in the city set their work in the context of improving the health and well-being by providing an easily understood introduction to the factors that influence health and an overview of health and well-being in Waterford City.
Making Health our Business – City Profile for Waterford Making Health our Business – A picture of health uses the concept of the city as a miniature village of 100 people is used to present the overview of health and well-being in Waterford.
Making Health our Business – City Profile for Waterford looks at the links between social conditions and health and at the factors that influence health. It summarises the main data and information available for Waterford City and provides the context for a population health approach to health and well-being in the city. It aims to provide an easily understood introduction to the determinants of health to help all individuals, groups
and organisations in the city set their work in this context.