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Belfast Healthy Cities on lookout for 2019 Explorer

30th January 2019

The opportunity to visit a European destination and explore health & well-being initiatives is up for grabs again this year through the 2019 WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary. The bursary, which is now in its sixth year, is run by Belfast Healthy Cities and is open to applicants living or working in Belfast from community, voluntary, public and business sectors. It will allow individuals working in the field of health and wellbeing, including healthy urban planning and design, to visit another WHO European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities. The closing date for application is 22 April 2019.

In 2018 the bursary supported Christine McKee, a Public Health Registrar with the Public Health Agency, to travel to the Netherlands. On her visit Christine visited the Hague and Utrecht to study what actions and policy those cities have implemented to improve public health, particularly in the area of health literacy. Previous Bursary winners have traveled to Spain, Sweden, Denmark and Republic of Ireland, and the work undertaken has helped shape policy development locally.

Speaking as the application process for the 2019 bursary opened, Joan Devlin, Chief Executive, Belfast Healthy Cities, said: "The aim of the WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary is to give people in Belfast the opportunity to experience how other cities are working to improve the health and wellbeing of their citizens. Each year our Bursary Explorers are bringing back new and innovative ideas from right across Europe, that can help improve how health programmes are delivered locally.

"The shared experience and best practice is a key aspect of the whole Healthy Cities Network, and Belfast Healthy Cities is delighted to be able to support this through WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary. We are looking forward to seeing what the 2019 Explorer can bring back to Belfast.”

Reflecting on her experience of the Bursary, Christine McKee said: "The Healthy Cities Explorer Bursary provided a unique opportunity to visit the Netherlands to learn from their approach in promoting and improving health literacy. The Netherlands boasts impressive population health literacy levels from previous studies and I was able to meet with a range of organisations. In my work as a public health professional I am mindful of the importance of health literacy in all aspects of health, and the Bursary gave me the chance to see exciting initiatives and innovative ways of working to promote and improve health literacy that are applicable in my role at the PHA.”

Applications are sought which clearly demonstrate how the study visit will contribute to the delivery of the Phase VII (2019 - 2024) goals and core themes of Belfast as a member of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. Particular emphasis should be placed on the Phase VII Goal of Fostering health and well-being for all and reducing health inequalities, and the Core Themes of People, Place, Participation, Prosperity, Peace and Planet.

For full details and to download the application form visit the Belfast Healthy Cities website: https://www.belfasthealthycities.com/news/2019-who-healthy-city-explorer-bursary

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