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About Us

With over 2,300 members supporting tens of thousands of people, Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) is Northern Ireland’s leading organisation working to empower communities, improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. CDHN raises awareness of the root causes of poor health and health inequalities. We reshape the dominant narrative about the causes of and solutions to health inequalities and how to improve health. Through our work, communities and decision makers are supported to recognise and utilise assets, to work together to develop solutions, take action to improve lives, health and wellbeing and create a fairer, more equal society.

Our Vision

A fair and equal society where everyone experiences their best health and wellbeing.  

Our Mission

Using community development to end health inequalities.

Our Values

CDHN is committed to living the following values in all aspects of its work:

Social Justice
We believe in a society based on fairness, where everyone is considered equal and our health and wellbeing is not determined by where we are born, live or work. We are committed to creating the conditions where people can have more control of their own health and wellbeing and have a voice in decisions that affect them.

We are committed to celebrating diversity across the organisation and in the communities we serve.

We believe in being open, honest and accountable in all our interactions and building relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

We believe that working in partnership with members and other organisations is the best way of ending health inequalities.