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ItemReview of Health Impact Assessment for the Institute of Public Health in Ireland: Executive Summary)(Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2009-12-01)The IPH commissioned a review of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) work in 2009 to detail progress and achievements of HIA from 2001. This included an assessment of current levels of HIA awareness and activity and suggestions for the direction of future work.
ItemGrowing Health: Findings from a health impact assessment on the North West community allotment/garden proposal (Executive Summary)(Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2013-06-01)
ItemIPH response to DSD consultation on Marine Gardens, Bangor(Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2009-08-05)A development has been proposed in Bangor, Co Down. The Department of Social Development (DSD) consulted on the issue and IPH has responded as below. IPH has also carried out a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) screening on the proposal which can be accessed below. The proposed development is bounded by Main Street, King Street, Southwell Road, Queens Street and the Marine Gardens Car Park. The scheme includes a mix of retail units within a new covered street; office space and over 200 residential homes. The development proposal also contains multiple leisure aspects with plans to incorporate a 120-150 bed hotel; a 400 seat multi-use arts, performance and convention space; a family entertainment centre and restaurants, in addition to enhancing the public realm and civic uses of the waterfront area with the creation of a promenade, an outdoor performance space, public parks and tourist facilities.
ItemIPH response to Department of the Environment (NI) Planning Policy Statement 21 (PPS21)(Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2009-03-27)IPH have responded to the draft Department of Environment (DoE) consultation on Planning Policy Statement 21 (PPS 21). In responding, IPH identify a number of potential health impacts including providing employment oppportunities through farm diversification. Other issues include access to open space and housing located close to traditional focal points. Key points IPH welcomes the Planning Policy Statement 21 Sustainable Development in the Countryside (PPS21) and the opportunity to comment on the publication. IPH applies a holistic model of health which emphasises the importance to health with a wide range of social determinants, including economic, environmental, social and biological factors. In particular: • IPH welcomes the approach DoE has taken to promote sustainable development in the countryside. It is essential this is managed to ensure there is no adverse impact on health. • IPH believes sustainable development in the countryside has the potential to impact positively on health by: - creating employment opportunities for the agricultural sector - ensuring housing developments maximize opportunities to enhance community and social cohesion, and - protecting open space • IPH calls for a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to be routinely adopted for all new developments in the countryside.
ItemIPH Consultation Response to the Department for Regional Development on the Regional Development Strategy(Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2011-03-01)The remit of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) is to promote cooperation for public health between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the areas of research and information, capacity building and policy advice. Our approach is to support Departments of Health and their agencies in both jurisdictions, and maximise the benefits of all-island cooperation to achieve practical benefits for people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. IPH welcome the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the Department for Regional Development, Regional Development Strategy (RDS). It is well recognised that the spatial planning of human urban activity impacts on quality of life, health and wellbeing. IPH has been working in this area for a number of years and has developed extensive expertise1, 2. Key points • There is growing recognition that the leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and injuries, may be exacerbated by elements within the built environment which contribute to sedentary lifestyles and harmful environments. IPH call for greater recognition of the links between regional development and health. • Health inequalities are the preventable and unjust differences in health status experienced by certain population groups. The RDS has a role to play in tackling health inequalities experienced in Northern Ireland. • Supporting a modal shift in transport methods can lead to improved health and reduced health inequalities. • The RDS plays an important role in addressing climate change which is identified as a major public health concern for the 21st Century. Creating healthy sustainable places and communities can go hand in hand with reducing the negative impacts of climate change. • IPH recognise the RDS is an overarching strategic framework which will be implemented by a range of other agencies. To fully appreciate the potential health impacts of the RDS, IPH call for a Health Impact Assessment to be undertaken to fully determine the links with health and potential impact on health inequalities particularly in relation to the implementation strategy.