Early intervention is key to preventing disease and developing better public health services, was the message at an all-island Joint Public Health Conference being held in Belfast today.
The conference, focusing on ‘early intervention for life’, is hosted by the Public Health Agency, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, the Health Service Executive (Ireland), the Department of Health (North and South), and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health Queens University, Belfast. Northern Ireland.
The joint event aims to share the latest public health research, interventions and innovation.
Prof Roger O’Sullivan, Interim CEO at the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH), said the conference is an important event for the public health community on the island.
He added: “We recognise the importance in connecting networks of policymakers, researchers and practitioners who work to reduce health inequalities across the island.
“We know that early interventions help to reduce inequalities and improve health and wellbeing. Today’s conference provides an all-island forum to share best practice and discuss early intervention approaches that are currently underway across the island of Ireland.”
Prof O’Sullivan is chairing workshops around loneliness and fragility. Dr Annette Burns, IPH’s Public Health Interventions Officer for Loneliness, will present a workshop on loneliness alongside Prof Gerry Leavey.
A lot of engagement and dicussion around loneliness at workshop hosted by IPH's @Annette__Burns and Prof Gerry Leavey at Joint Public Health Conference #publichealthNI18 @QUBelfast @publichealthni @healthdpt @HSELive pic.twitter.com/k1VXJVxtet— IPH (@publichealthie) November 8, 2018
A full conference programme is available here.