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Venue: Foyer, Áras Moyola, NUI Galway



  • Professor Margaret Hodgins, Conference Co-Chair, Health Promotion Research Centre and Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway

  • Frank Feighan T.D., Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola


Plenary 1

  • Build back fairer 
    Professor Michael Marmot, Institute of Health Equity, University College London, UK (virtual delivery)

  • Community involvement in action for health equity:  A cautionary tale 
    Professor Jennie Popay, Professor of Sociology and Public Health in the Division of Health Research, Director of the Centre for Health Inequalities, Lancaster University, UK (virtual delivery)

Plenary Chair: Professor Margaret Hodgins, Conference Co-Chair
Health Promotion Research Centre and Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola


Break: Coffee, networking, poster viewing 


Parallel Presentations and  Workshops (run simultaneously)

Parallel Presentations  

  • Identification of health inequalities and delivering interventions in educational settings
    Chair: Dr András Költő, NUI Galway

    Venue: MY336, Áras Moyola

  1. Development and delivery of an educational intervention that increased teachers’ awareness, knowledge, and actions related to Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Maria Gibbons, ATU Sligo and Health Service Executive West

  2. One Good School: Evaluating and refining a whole-school approach to youth mental health promotion,  Dr Ailbhe Booth and Caroline McCarron, Jigsaw and the School of Psychology, University College Dublin

  3. First-generation immigrant children’s perceived discrimination and health in Ireland; matched sample analyses, Mari Olivia Lennox, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway

  4. Partnering for sustainability: NUI Galway’s student pantry, Aisling Harrington, Student Services and Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway

  5. Health inequalities in gender minority and non-minority adolescents in Ireland, Louise Lunney, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway

  • Factors impacting health inequity in health and social care settings
    Chair: Adrienne Lynam, Health Service Executive 

    Venue: MY124, Áras Moyola

  1. Mediators of socioeconomic differences in overweight and obesity among youth in Ireland and the UK (2011-2021): A systematic review, Dr Debbi Stanistreet, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

  2. Decomposing the contribution of family, school and neighbourhood environments in explaining inequalities in physical activity trajectories in Irish adolescents, Olivia McEvoy, Department of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

  3. Doctors’ perspectives on factors contributing to patient safety incidents in patients with limited English proficiency in an Irish hospital, Dr Orla Mongan, Clinical Science Institute, NUI Galway

  4. Family food choices? Exploring the food-related practices of low-income families in the Republic of Ireland, Dr Elena Vaughan, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway


  • Examining interventions to tackle health equity in health and social care settings
    Chair: Dr Ciara Reynolds, Institute of Public Health


Venue: MY125, Áras Moyola

  1. Is homecare for older people in Ireland equitable? Lhara Mullins, Health Promotion Research Centre and Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway

  2. Piloting an integrated online STI testing service in Ireland, Rachael Metrustry, Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Health Service Executive

  3. Smoking in pregnancy: Supporting pregnant women and extended family to quit and stay quit, David Phelan and Colm O’Connor, Health Service Executive

  4. Baseline assessment of patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease taking part in a preventative behaviour change programme, JT Treanor, Irish Heart Foundation

  5. Acceptability of a social prescribing model in Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC), Cáit Donnelly, Acting Senior Health Promotion Officer in HSE CHO Dublin North City and County

  • Strategies and interventions for reducing inequity in community and workplace settings
    Chair: Professor Margaret Hodgins, NUI Galway 

    Venue: MY126, Áras Moyola

  1. Construction industry alliance to reduce suicide (CAIRDE Project), Dr Shane O’Donnell, Health Service Executive; National Centre for Men’s Health, SETU, Carlow

  2. A systematic review of the determinants of the nutritional quality of food for homeless populations, Divya Ravikumar, Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway

  3. Evaluation of a healthy communities project in Dublin’s North East Inner City, Ellen O’Dea, Head of Service, Health and Well Being, Dublin North City and County

  4. Advancing equity in mental health promoting practices in the workplace, Tosca Keppler, Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway 

  5. Reducing inequity using community initiatives: A consideration of social prescribing of parkrun in Ireland, Allison Dunne and Charlotte Benkowitz, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

Workshops (limited spaces - registration required on the morning) 

  • Tackling health inequity in the community  
    Facilitator: Kate Cassidy A/Head of Service, Covid Lead, Health and Wellbeing, South East Community Healthcare

    Venue: MY127, Áras Moyola

  • Implementing Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as an intersectoral approach 
    Facilitators: Dr Monica O’Mullane, Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork and Dr Joanne Purdy, Public Health Development Officer, Institute of Public Health

Venue: MY129, Áras Moyola

  • Addressing inequity in the prison as a setting for health promotion  
    Facilitator: Catherine MacNamara, Deputy Head Teacher and teacher of sociology and history at the Midlands Prison, Portlaois

Venue: MY120, Áras Moyola


Break: Lunch, networking and poster viewing


Welcome back

Plenary Chair: Biddy O'Neill
National Project Lead, Health and Wellbeing Programme,  Department of Health

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola


Plenary 2 

  • Community matters: using community-centred approaches for health equity
    Professor Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities, School of Health & Community Studies, Leeds Beckett University, UK (virtual delivery)

  • Health inequity in Ireland - taking stock 
    Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy, Institute of Public Health

  • Sláintecare Healthy Communities 
    Greg Straton, Assistant Principal Officer, Health and Wellbeing Unit, Department of Health

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola


Break: Coffee and networking


Panel discussion

Panel Chair: Fergal Fox, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Health and Wellbeing, Health Service Executive

Expert Panel Discussion and Response to Delegate Questions:

  • Professor Jane South, Professor of Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University, UK (joining virtually)

  • Professor Jennie Popay, Professor of Sociology and Public Health, Lancaster University, UK  (joining virtually)

  • Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy, Institute of Public Health

  • Greg Straton, Assistant Principal Officer, Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health

  • Helen Deely, Interim Assistant National Director for Health & Wellbeing, Strategy & Research, Healthcare Strategy, Health Service Executive

  • Ronan Dillon, Chairperson, Association for Health Promotion Ireland

(delegates’ questions can be submitted on twitter @HPRC_NUIG or during the plenary sessions ).

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola


Conference close

  • Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, NUI Galway

  • Dr Lisa Pursell, Conference Co-Chair
    Health Promotion Research Centre and Head of Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway.

Venue: MY243, Áras Moyola