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Health Literacy workshop – a Community Planning initiative

Photograph of reps from the organisations involved in the Health Literacy Workshop.
Pictured at the Health Literacy Workshop are Pamela McClelland, South Antrim Community Network, Elaine O’Doherty, Public Health Agency, Ann Marie McStocker, NICHI Health Alliance, Joanne Morgan, Community Development Health Network, Bride Harkin, Health and Social Care Board, Professor Jo Protheroe, Keele Medical School, Karina McCollum, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and Veronica McKinley, Northern Area Community Network.

Causeway Coast and Glens Community Planning Partnership recently hosted a ‘Health Literacy’ workshop as part of its commitment to tackling health inequalities.

The Borough’s Community Plan, entitled ‘A Better Future Together’, includes an action to tackle health inequalities by improving health literacy. Evidence shows that low health literacy can prevent people accessing and understanding health information.

The Health and Social Care Board is a key partner in the Partnership and Bride Harkin, Northern Local Commissioning Group lead, chaired the workshop which focused on the importance of health literacy and its effect on health inequalities in the local area.

Bride said; “We are keen to support this initiative. The main focus of the workshop was to explore how best Community Planning partners could contribute to and promote plans to raise awareness of, and improve, health literacy across the area. It is really important that all partners work together to improve their health literacy skills and effective communication. People in the local community will then be better placed to look after themselves and their families.”

During the event, keynote speaker Joanne Protheroe, Professor of General Practice at Keele University, presented on ‘Health Literacy: What is it, why is it important and what can we do?’ while other speakers included Ann Marie McStocker, NICHI Health Alliance (recently moved to a new post), Joanne Morgan, Community Development Health Network and Claire Ramsey, Health and Wellbeing, Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

The Community Plan for Causeway Coast and Glens represents extensive partnership working across the whole range of public services including health, education, public safety, housing, communities, the environment and the economy.

An Easy Read version of the Delivery Plan produced by members of the Compass Advocacy Network Plus, Easy Read Committee, is available on Council’s website at www.causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk/council/community-planning/news