Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Community launch takes place
Alan McDonnell, HSE Health Promotion and Improvement officer; Colm Ward, Director of Housing Social and Community Development SDCC; Daniel Mc Loughlin Chief Executive SDCC; Margaret McQuillan, Head of Service, Health and Wellbeing, HSE (front) Jennifer Moroney Ward SEO SDCC; Mary O’Kelly, Interim Chief Officer, HSE CH07; Mayor Emma Murphy; Minister Frank Feighan; Aine Buggy, Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer, HSE;and Grainne Meehan, Slaintecare Local Development Officer.

Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Community launch takes place

THE launch of the Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Community took place in the Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre this morning.

Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a cross-Government initiative to deliver increased health and wellbeing services in 19 areas of greatest need across Ireland.

These increased services include QUIT Smoking services, parenting programmes, Healthy Food Made Easy, and a social prescribing scheme.

The Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Community was launched by Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD on Thursday morning, October 6.

The launch featured a number of guest speakers, including Mayor Emma Murphy, Margaret McQuillan from the HSE, and Danny McLoughlin, the Chief Executive of South Dublin County Council.

The event highlighted the Sláintecare Healthy Communities programmes that have been established across the Tallaght area.

The Healthy Community programmes, according to the HSE, aim to support people’s wellbeing within the community and provide better access to a range of services needed to help improve and promote healthier lifestyle behaviours.

This work is supported by the Sláintecare Community Enhancement Fund which provided €250,000 to deliver projects that will assist and impact on the health and wellbeing of people living in the Tallaght area.

The work is also supported by the Tallaght Sláintecare Healthy Communities local development officer Gráinne Meehan, based in South Dublin County Council.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Feighan said: “Sláintecare Healthy Communities is a collective programme where we all work together to ensure that our communities in greatest need are supported to live longer, healthier lives.

“The health services cannot make these changes happen alone.

“To make real and lasting change we need to work together to create communities where people can thrive.

“Our local community partners know better than anyone else what challenges this community faces and the strengths with it.

“They have the relationships and trust of the community and will be a key to the success of this programme as they are already imbedded into your community.”

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