Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Belfast Healthy City Explorer Travel Bursary Launched

The 2015 Belfast Healthy City Explorer Bursary is now open for entries.

The Bursary was launched in 2013 in recognition of 25 years of Belfast as a designated WHO Healthy City. It will allow someone working in health and wellbeing or healthy urban planning in Belfast to visit another European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

There are almost 100 European Healthy Cities, including Udine, Italy; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Stavropol, Russian Federation. National networks include Croatia, Denmark, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Phase VI (2014-2018) is a unique time in the life of the networks, a new WHO European health policy and strategy, Health 2020 is being implemented with the city at its heart as the place for developing and delivering new ideas.

Suggested topics for study include early life; older people; health literacy; physical activity; nutrition and obesity; alcohol; tobacco; mental well-being; health and social services; public health capacity; healthy urban planning and design; transport; the health impacts of climate change and housing and regeneration.

Other proposals, which address the four priority themes for the Phase VI (2014-2018), will also be considered.

• life course and empowering people;
• tackling public health problems;
• strengthening people centred health systems and public health capacity;
• creating resilient communities and supportive environments.

Following the visit, the bursary holder will share their learning as widely as possible, for example, within their own organisation, across relevant networks and at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting. The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate the added value of a study visit to their own work and raise awareness of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network Phase VI priorities.

The bursary is open to applicants from the community, voluntary, public and business sectors. It will be offered each year within WHO Healthy Cities Phase VI (2014-2018).

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 March 2015. Click here for an application Form.

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