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The Public Health Agency has commissioned the Community Development & Health Network (CDHN) to develop and deliver a new programme of support for the community, voluntary and public sectors. Elevate will provide opportunities for the development of skills, knowledge and expertise in community development as a way to tackle health inequalities.

The Public Health Agency co-hosted its bi-annual conference for stakeholders with CDHN on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at Craigavon Civic Centre on the theme ‘Expansion of Community Development Approaches’.

CDHN is delighted to have won the tender for delivery of a Community Development Capacity Building Programme to the value of £390,000. This work will contribute to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) goal of building strong, resilient communities where everyone has the potential to maximize their health and wellbeing. 

The next round of BCPP Level 1 funding has just opened with a closing date of 2 May 2019. The grant award for Level 1 has just been increased to £2,500 and these projects will run for a maximum of six months.  Applying for a Level 1 grant gives partners the opportunity to experience a BCPP project over six sessions and explore if a Level 2 project application is the next step.

No one uses a pharmacy more than a mother in those first 1,000 days...

According to the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), the first 1,000 days of a child’s life are the most important.  NCT is the UK’s largest charity of parents providing information and support during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. 

CDHN recently celebrated funding its 800th project through the BCPP Programme. To date, CDHN has invested £5.3 million in grants on behalf of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) to tackle health inequalities.  It was celebrations all round, as this milestone coincided with the HSCB announcement that CDHN was successful in its bid to continue the delivery of the BCPP Programme.

Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) is delighted to disclose the list of successful applicants in the latest round of Level 2 funding for the Building the Community-Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) programme.  Funding was offered to 23 projects throughout Northern Ireland with all due to commence in January 2019.

Report aims to empower communities and improve lives

Working closely with local communities to tackle health inequalities and help everyone live healthier lives is the central theme of a report published today as part of the work progressing under the Health and Social Care Transformation Programme.

Photo caption: Mary Black (Assistant Director of Public Health, Public Health Agency), Seamus McAleavey (Chief Executive, NICVA), Dr Michael McBride (Chief Medical Officer) and Joanne Morgan (Director, Community Development and Health Network) launch the new report – ‘Expansion of Community Development Approaches’.

At CDHN we were delighted by the successes of so many of the Pharmacists who have been involved with BCPP.  At both the Pharmacy in Focus Awards and NI Healthcare Awards we nominated our Pharmacists for all the excellent work that they do in their BCPP projects and we delighted to see so many of them named as finalists.

Congratulations to our Director Joanne who was Highly Commended in the category 'Leading for Impact' at the Co3 Leadership Awards.