• President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, University of Galway  

  • Minister Hildegarde Naughton, TD, Department of Health 


Plenary 1 

Plenary Chair: Dr Martin Power, Conference Co-Chair Health Promotion Research Centre and Discipline of Health Promotion, University of Galway 

  • Professor Breda Smyth, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health 
    Leadership for intersectoral action 

  • Professor Mark Gamsu, Leeds Beckett University Leeds Beckett, UK 
    Strengthening the voice of communities and the voluntary and community sector 


Break: Coffee and Poster Viewing:   

  • Association Between Access to Restorative Natural Environments and Decreased Chronic Inflammation
  • Pride in Practice: Promoting Inclusion across the Health Service
  • Who is playing football? The pre-existing modifiable cardiovascular risk factors of participants in a community based social intervention, Football Cooperative
  • Helping Communities Quit Smoking: Collaboration between HSE Quit Smoking West and Family Resource Centres in Galway, Mayo & Roscommon
  • How I Learned About Consent": Facilitating Sexual Consent Attitude Change Amongst Irish Secondary School Students Using Research-Based Theatre
  • Promoting Sexual Health Through Consent Literacy Education: Analysing the Impact of Active*Consent Interventions in Higher Education Settings in Autumn 2022
  • Tobacco use and mental health in Northern Ireland - shaping a policy response using local data and analysis of policy documents across the UK and Ireland
  • Understanding the individuality of student mental health supports: Why a universal approach to mental health is ineffective within university communities
  • Measuring workplace relationships to inform the development of responsive health and social care interventions
  • "The Play is the thing...." using live drama as a tool for creating mental health awareness. Discover/Recover Theatre Project- arts, health and education sectors working together to promote mental health literacy, early recognition, and intervention
  • Exploring the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices among GPs towards Social Prescribing in Ireland
  • Behaviour Change in Action - Pilot Implementation Project in General Practice
  • The delivery and signposting outcomes of physical activity Making Every Contact Count brief interventions in Limerick Slaintecare Healthy Communities – our experience so far
  • Evaluation of Making Every Contact Count in a Smoking Cessation Service
  • PRAGRESS – Preventing and confronting of aggressive behaviour of older people in long term care
  • Identifying the Association Between Family Support and the Life Satisfaction and Mental Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Adolescents in Ireland.



Parallel Presentations   

Session1              Youth and Education sector 

  • 'Inclusion Health' as an intersectoral approach to addressing severe health inequities.
  • A longitudinal study on elementary school students’ subjective well-being before and during pandemic-related intersectoral infection control interventions.
  • “Community assets”: the potential role of the Slí@School programme in community health promotion.
  • Promoting youth leadership as a catalyst for healthy communities: Foróige's Leadership for Life programme.
  • ‘Making sense of it’ – linking existing cross sectoral community-based assets.


Session2              Community 

  • Health Literacy Audit in North East Inner City (NEIC) Community Health Network in Dublin North City & County.
  • The impact intersectoral working has on the Social Prescribing programme in North East Inner City Dublin.
  • Example of inter-sectoral partnership through the Healthy Communities Project in North East Inner City (NEIC).
  • Evaluation of the Community Food Initiative Programme 2019-2021.
  • Health Happens in Libraries: public library practices, challenges and opportunities.
  • Exploring the perceptions of age-friendliness held by older adults residing in an age-friendly co-housing scheme: A photovoice study. 


Session3              Health service delivery 

  • The Well Waterford Committee: an innovative, cross-sectoral, multi-agency action to improve health and well-being in Waterford.
  • Smoke Free Homes in North East Inner City (NEIC) Community Health Network in CHO Dublin North City and County.
  • Social Prescribing in Waterford: A longitudinal and dual perspective on practice.
  • A multidisciplinary approach to implementing Making Every Contact Count for healthcare professionals working in disadvantaged areas.
  • North West Mayo: A Slaintecare Healthy Community.


Session4              Sexual health and mental health 

  • A Preliminary Investigation of the Impact of Covid-19 on theSexting Behaviour of NUIG students.
  • Supporting student mental health: A need for an intersectoral approach?
  • Innovations in Practice:  Providing youth mentoring in the context of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
  • Beyond Workshops: Using Cross Sectoral Creativity to Promote Sustainable Sex Positive Consent Education.
  • Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Self-Acceptance and Adverse Sexual Behaviours. 


Session5              Addressing lifestyle for disease prevention 

  • Adapting Making Every Contact Count Programme for Traveller Primary Healthcare Workers.
  • The role of intermediaries in connecting community-dwelling adults to local physical activity and exercise: A scoping review.
  • Results from the 2022 Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents.
  • The Exercise Effect, an intersectoral programme embedding Integrated Exercise Practitioners into mental health services, creating pathways for physical activity to support recovery.
  • Findings from a chronic disease prevention programme in a predominantly male, middle aged workforce in the transport sector.



Break: Lunch and poster viewing  



Welcome back  

Plenary 2  

Plenary Chair: Ms Helen Deely, Assistant National Director for Health and Wellbeing, Strategy and Research, Healthcare Strategy, Health Service Executive 

  • Mr Vinnie O’Shea, National Coordinator, Healthy Ireland Local Government 
    Building healthy communities – efforts and opportunities in strengthening Local Government’s ability to improve health outcomes
  • Ms Gígja Gunnarsdóttir, Directorate of Health Iceland
    How can we work better together towards health and wellbeing of people and the planet?  


Break: Coffee and networking  

Networking Hubs 

  • Healthy Ireland 

  • Association for Health Promotion Ireland 
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Mental Health Ireland
  • Healthy Libraries


Creative Community Engagement 

Introduced by Dr Verna McKenna,Conference Co-Chair Health Promotion Research Centre and Discipline of Health Promotion, University of Galway 

  • Rebecca McLaughlin, Health & Well-Being Manager, The Irish Men's Sheds Association




  • Ms Biddy O’Neill, National Policy Lead, Health and Wellbeing Programme, Department of Health 

Conference Close. 



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