In association with our partners, Healthy Ireland, the Health Service Executive and the Association for Health Promotion Ireland, we were delighted to invite our 294 delegates, across 15 countries, to our 24th Annual Health Promotion Conference on June 18th 2020. This year’s focus was on promoting health and wellbeing in order to create a more equitable and sustainable environment. This important focus incorporated concepts on ecological determinants of health and wellbeing, environmental sustainability and social justice and equity.

We gratefully acknowledge the funding provided by NUI Galway to celebrate Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture.

Those oral and poster presentations which have their author approval are available to view on the conference 2020 presentation channel.

Welcome Webinar

Dr Mary Jo Lavelle and Dr Lisa Pursell, Conference Co-Chairs, National University of Ireland Galway 
Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, National University of Ireland Galway 
Dr Faten Ben Abdelaziz, Enhanced Wellbeing, Head of Unit, Department of Health Promotion, Division of UHC/Healthier Populations, WHO Head Quarters, Geneva 
Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director, Strategic Planning and Transformation, Health Service Executive 
Kate O'Flaherty, Head of Health and Wellbeing, An Roinn Sláinte, Department of Health.

Plenary 1 

Gaia: The ultimate setting for health promotion
Dr Trevor Hancock
Professor and Senior Scholar, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria, Canada

Extinction thwarted: surviving global warming
Professor Sharon Friel 
Professor of Health Equity, School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. 

Poster Presentations 

GO GREENNature moves: an investigation into exercise in green spaces as a mental health intervention
Dr Tadhg Macintyre and Linda Bhreathnach, University of Limerick

Modern culture and wellbeing  – towards a sustainable future
Dr Catherine Conlon, Human Health and Nutrition, Safefood

Animal content in commonly prescribed medicines
Dr Sarah Cullivan, Respiratory Department, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Modes of transport to or from school and mental wellbeing of schoolchildren in Ireland
Dr András Költő, Aoife Gavin and Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Health Promotion, NUI Galway

Mighty meaty feast – monitoring the salt content of processed meat in Ireland since 2003
Dr Clare Donovan et. al.,  Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Strengths and weaknesses of primary healthcare staff to design multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary strategies of physical activity on prescription in the Madrid Healthcare System
Dr Sergio Calonge Pascual, et. al., ImFINE Research Group, Department of Health and Human Performance, Faculty of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences-IN-EF. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.

Students’ attitudes and smoking behaviours following the implementation of tobacco-free campus in Athlone Institute of Technology: a cross-sectional study
Clodagh Qualter, Lisa Hanlon, Healthy Campus and Dr Patricia Heavey, Athlone Institute of Technology

Tobacco cessation in cardiovascular disease management of acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
Dr Uzair Akbar Ali, Department of Medicine, University Hospital Waterford.


Parallel Themed Oral Presentations
 Theme 1: Health equity and sustainability

Community heart projects: supporting disadvantaged communities access to and knowledge of sustainable food production and its link to cardiovascular health  
Janis Morrissey, Head of Health Promotion, Information and Training, Irish Heart Foundation  

Baby food made easy- increasing parental confidence to make home-made baby food
Dr Fiona Moloney, Senior Primary Care Dietitian, Health Service Executive (HSE), Dublin South, Kildare & West Wicklow

Community Healthcare Produce on the inside: personal experience of facilitating a gardening group within a mental health service in a prison
Gráinne Carley, Occupational Therapy, Health Service Executive

Community at the heart of an eco-social approach: co-developing a toolkit for mapping ecosystem services, health and sustainability
Ann Marie Crosse, PhD Candidate, Discipline of Health Promotion, NUI Galway, and Health Service Executive.

Theme 2: Adaptation in a changing environment for health risks

PIER pressure: what lurks beneath the surface?
Dr Liam Burke & Dr Sinead Duane, Bacteriology, NUI Galway

Green healthcare – waste, water and benchmarking
Eileen O’Leary, Lecturer, Clean Technology Centre, Cork Institute of Technology

Does making the invisible radioactive gas radon “visible”, through the use of digital monitors, increase remediation rates among householders?
Stephanie Long, Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency

Child and Adolescent measures for planetary health
Divya Ravikumar, Research Assistant, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway

Food, balancing population and environmental health
Dr Martin O’Donnell, NUI Galway.

Theme 3: Healthy cities and green and blue infrastructure

Healthy Places, Healthy Children
Anne McCusker, Programme Manager, Belfast Healthy Cities

‘Healthy Placemaking’ in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midland Region, Ireland: the role of green and blue infrastructure
Dr Owen Douglas, EU Project Officer, Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, Ireland

Connecting health protection and health gain into the planning and development process
Andrew Sulley, Environmental Health Officer, Health Service Executive  

Green spaces for health in Cork City
Maria Young, Co-ordinator Green Spaces for Health

GOGREEN ROUTES: a study programme protocol of nature connectedness promotion on health, wellbeing and sustainability
Cassandra Murphy, Research Associate, GOGREEN ROUTES H2020 project, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick.

Theme 4: Health and physical activity and active transport

GOGREEN ROUTES: a study programme protocol of sustainable physical activity promotion
Dr Tadhg E. MacIntyre, Lecturer, Lead GOGREEN ROUTES H2020 project, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick

Promoting physical inactivity and car dependence: the case of Waterford city’s suburbs
Dr Elaine Mullan, Lecturer, Waterford Institute of Technology

Context and role of travel behavioural change in supporting healthier and more resilient futures
Dr Lorraine D’Arcy, Senior Lecturer & Sinead Flavin, Assistant Lecturer, Technological University Dublin

Commoovity – moving the community
Brendan Meskell, Colm Walsh, James Walsh, Kathleen Jacobi, Matthew McGuinness. MSc in Transport and Mobility students, Technological University Dublin  

Promoting cycling for transport: home truths and fallacies
Dr Elaine Mullan, Lecturer, Waterford Institute of Technology.

Theme 5: Green prescriptions / meaning of health and nature

Connecting with nature to benefit health and wellbeing
Dr Gesche Kindermann, Dr Catriona Carlin, & Dr Easkey Britton, Post doctoral researchers, Near Health Project, Microbiology, NUI Galway

‘A walk in the woods’ An intervention of individuals with severe mental illness
Fran Ronan & Dr C. Losty, Lecturer, Department of Sport and Exercise, Waterford Institute of Technology

Woodlands for Health – a nature-based intervention programme focused on green exercise in a forest setting
Aisling Doherty, Mental Health Promotion Manager, Mental Health Ireland  

Can access to green spaces during parkrun events contribute to the positive mental health of the participants? A literature review
Allison Dunne, PhD Candidate, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

The meaning of open water swimming for adults in Ireland  
Edel Murray, Discipline of Occupational Therapy, NUI Galway.  

Theme 6: Equitable governance structures for sustainable healthy communities and environments

Insights from ENERGISE
Professor Frances Fahy, Geography, NUI Galway

GAA green clubs – the politics of place in the management of space
Dr Míde Ní Shúilleabháin, Sustainability Officer, Croke Park Stadium

Climate change, health and Cork City: a dialogue for action  
Denise Cahill, Healthy Cities Coordinator Cork

Mapping the food system in Cork City - the first steps
Dr Janas M. Harrington, Chair, Cork Food Policy Council; Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, UCC

The Food–Environment Policy Index (EPI): monitoring and benchmarking government policies and actions to improve the healthiness of food environments in Ireland  
Clarissa Leydon, School of Public Health, University College Cork.

Plenary 2 

Environmental health inequalities across Europe: evidence for action
Mr Matthias Braubach 
Technical Officer Urban Health and Equity, European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Food sharing: contributions to health, wellbeing and sustainability
Professor Anna Davies 
Professor of Geography, Trinity College Dublin.

Plenary 3 Webinar

Expert keynotes and conference committee panel response to delegate questions. Delegates can submit questions on twitter @HPRC_NUIG throughout the day or to the Plenary Chair during the webinar.

Chair: Professor Margaret Barry, Global President, International Union for Health Promotion and Education


Dr Trevor Hancock, Professor and Senior Scholar, University of Victoria, Canada
Matthias Braubach, Technical Officer Urban Health and Equity, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Professor Anna Davies, Professor of Geography, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Faten Ben Abdelaziz, Head of Enhanced Wellbeing Unit, WHO Head Quarters, Geneva
Sarah McCormack, National Healthy Ireland Lead, Health and Wellbeing, Health Service Executive
Cathryn Buckley, National Health Sustainability Office
Greg Straton, Assistant Principal Officer, Health and Wellbeing Unit, Department of Health
Dr Patricia Heavey, Athlone Institute of Technology.

Conference closing remarks:

Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President, National University of Ireland Galway 
Dr Mary Jo Lavelle and Dr Lisa Pursell, Conference Co-Chairs, National University of Ireland Galway. 

Congratualations to the AHPI poster prize winner, Dr Uzair Akbar Ali, and the AHPI social media prize winner, Dr Elena Vaughan.

Conference end. 

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Health Service Executive, the Association for Health Promotion Ireland for their contribution to this year’s event.

 Those oral and poster presentations which have their author approval are available to view on the conference 2020 presentation channel.











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