HI Framework 2013-2025
The Healthy Ireland (HI) Framework was adopted by the Irish Government in 2013 in response to Ireland’s changing health and wellbeing profile. While life expectancy has increased, and mortality from a range of diseases has fallen significantly, there are many trends that are leading us toward an unhealthy and extremely costly future. It envisions a Healthy Ireland; where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential; where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility.
Achieving this vision is a complex undertaking, and is taking place with growing momentum, designed to last over the coming decades. Influencing current health trends, reversing them where possible, and moving toward a safer, healthier and better future, will take government and societal commitment, will take time, planning and strong leadership, will take good systems of measurement and implementation, and will rest ultimately with supporting and enabling people to make healthy choices, day-by-day, as they go about their daily lives.
The Healthy Ireland Vision
Healthy Ireland’s four high-level goals will be at the heart of all actions and activities. They are:
- Increasing the proportion of Irish people who are healthy at all stages of life
- Reducing health inequalities
- Protecting the public from threats to health and wellbeing
- Creating an environment where every sector of society can play its part in achieving a healthy Ireland
The Framework describes four high-level goals and details 64 actions that will work together to help achieve these goals.
Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life This means addressing risk factors and promoting protective factors at every stage of life - from pre-natal, through early childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age, to support lifelong health and wellbeing.
Reduce health inequalities Health and wellbeing are not evenly distributed across Irish society. This goal requires not only interventions to target particular health risks, but also a broad focus on addressing the wider social determinants of health – the circumstances in which people are born, grow, live, work and age – to create economic, social, cultural and physical environments that foster healthy living.
Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing Healthy Ireland is designed to ensure effective strategies and interventions to protect the public from new and emerging threats to health and wellbeing are implemented. Being prepared to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats through collaborative working is critical for protecting and securing the nation’s health.
Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland It is beyond the capability of any one Government Department or organisation to promote societywide health and wellbeing. This can only be done through society-wide involvement in and engagement with health and wellbeing promotion and improvement activities - from individuals making positive lifestyle choices and projects run by community and local groups, to policy and legislative changes at the highest level of government.
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Healthy Ireland in the Health Services - National Implementation Plan 2015- 2017
This is the first Implementation Plan for Healthy Ireland in the Health Services, we have focused on where we can take concerted and specific actions, at all levels of the health service, to improve health and wellbeing and prevent the onset of disease. The Plan exploits our unique scale as the largest public body in the state, allowing us to capitalise on our influence, our governance and decision-making, our powerful workforce, and our day-to-day interactions with everyone living in Ireland. This Plan has had to focus to be coherent – because in one way or another, every part of the health service is engaged in improving health and wellbeing. So, the actions set out here don’t represent the full quantum of our activity in the Health Services – they represent a sector-wide focus on reducing the biggest risk to our population’s health and our services – the burden of chronic disease; ensuring we have a resilient and healthy workforce; and that we deliver the significant reforms which are already underway in terms of how we deliver healthcare.
The plan has three strategic priorities each of equal importance.
Significant work has been undertaken across the health services since the publication last year of the Healthy Ireland in the Health Services Implementation Plan 2015 – 2017. Governance structures have been put in place at national and local level to support implementation, with leadership from across the health services, co-ordinated through the work of the Planning, Performance and Programme Management function within Health and Wellbeing.
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