Belfast Healthy Cities has launched the 2018 WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary, which will support study visits to healthy city projects across Europe.
Now in its fifth year, the WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary has so far taken in projects in a range of countries including Sweden, Denmark and the Republic of Ireland. The 2017 Bursary saw Dervilia Kernaghan from Cancer Focus travel to Barcelona in December to look at how European cities are adapting to ageing populations.
The bursary is open to applicants living or working in Belfast from community, voluntary, public and business sectors. It will allow individuals working in the field of health and wellbeing, including healthy urban planning and design, to visit another WHO European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities. The closing date for application is Monday 23 April 2018.
Speaking as the 2018 bursary opened for applications, Joan Devlin, Chief Executive, Belfast Healthy Cities, said: “We are delighted to once again be able to offer the chance for someone from Belfast to undertake a study visit across Europe. The WHO Healthy City Explorer Bursary is about sharing experience, learning from each other and the wonderful work that goes on across the Healthy City network. It is an opportunity for someone to learn from some of the most innovative and inspiring projects taking place relating to health inequality across the European Healthy Cities Network.”
“The past four years have produced excellent work and helped bring new thinking and work practices back here to Belfast, and we look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring.”
Suggested topics for study could 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, please see Phase VI (2014-18) of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network: Goals and Requirements.
For full details and to download the application form visit the Belfast Healthy Cities website: www.belfasthealthycities.com