The Second National Intercultural Health Strategy for the Republic of Ireland has been launched by the HSE this week.
The HSE says the strategy, which covers the period 2018 to 2023, provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing the many unique health and support needs experienced by the increasing numbers of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who live in Ireland and access the health service.
These service users make up a diverse group in terms of country of origin, economic and social backgrounds, education and work experience, integration and healthcare outcomes.
Some are migrants (including foreign students, asylum seekers and refugees); some are members of the Traveller and Roma community. Some are newly arrived, while others are settled in established communities.
Various cross government strategies contain specific actions assigned to the HSE in respect of the health status, experiences and outcomes of members of minority ethnic communities across the country. This HSE says this strategy represents a strategic response to integrating these actions, together with a range of additional specific health related actions arising from consultations, learning from implementation of the first HSE National Intercultural Health Strategy and evidence from international and national research.
Five main goals are outlined in the strategy:
- Enhance accessibility of services to service users from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds
- Address health issues experienced by service users from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds
- Ensure provision of high quality, culturally responsive services to service users from diverse ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds
- Build an evidence base
- Strengthen partnership working to enhance intercultural health
You can view the strategy here.
A report of submissions received during the consultation process has also been compiled and is available here.