The Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Mary Shields today accepted a prestigious certificate from the World Health Organisation on behalf of Cork City. The Certificate acknowledges Cork city’s commitment and contribution to the World Health Organisation European Healthy Cities Network during 2009 – 2013 and is signed by Dr. Agis Tsouros, the Director of Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing.
On receiving the Certificate from Cork Healthy City Chairperson, Katherine Harford the Lord Mayor expressed her satisfaction. “I am delighted that Cork city has been awarded such a Certificate, this is a result of the hard work and commitment of Cork Healthy Cities steering group. This Certificate reminds us that health and well being is all of our business and we in Cork will continue to strive to make Cork a healthier place to live in and grow old in".
Katherine Harford, Healthy Cities Chair commented that “this is a really exciting time for people involved in Cork Healthy Cities, we have supported a number of city wide initiatives to improve health outcomes for people of the city, and as well ensuring that health is on all our minds when designing and planning for activities and services. Cork Healthy Cities is centred on social inclusion, I am very proud to be involved in a structure where community and voluntary organisations have an equal voice in working together”.
Siobhan O’Dowd –Co-ordinator of Ballyphehane Togher CDP, recently represented Cork Healthy Cities at the WHO European Healthy Cities Network in Athens. Siobhán said “participating in the conference was an excellent learning opportunity: learning about innovative collaborations but also sharing the good practice developed in Cork such as the recent publication of the City Profile which incorporates both social inclusion data and health status of the city” . Over the years Cork has made incredible efforts to develop the Healthy City concept and building up capacity across the city and indeed with other cities through the National Healthy Cities Network.
In January 2012 Cork city was designated by WHO as a healthy city. Cork Healthy Cities is a collaborative partnership between representatives from Cork City Council, Health Services Executive, University College Cork, Cork Sports Partnership and community and voluntary organisations. To date Cork Healthy Cities has supported a number of initiatives including;
Age Friendly CityEcCoWellCork Food Policy Council and Food the City EventCork City Profile 2014Implementation of CyclewayTraveller Horse Project Proposal
Cork city has applied to participate in Phase VI of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network 2014 – 2018. Cllr Tony Fitzgerald a member of the Healthy Cities Steering group cited “in participating in Phase VI, we undertake to strengthen our efforts to connect key stakeholders in the city in improving the health and well-being of all the citizens of Cork city”.
Please click on the link below to view the certificate.