Full Council: 24 October 2022

Motion: That Kildare County Council implements a ‘Health in all’ policies approach, as recommended by the World Health Organisation, to integrate and articulate health considerations into policymaking to improve the health of people and communities inclusively.

Report: Kildare Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) has since 2017 overseen the implementation of initiatives funded through Dept of Health, Healthy Ireland (HI) funding to LCDC and Children and Young Peoples Services Committee (CYPSC) in Kildare. Over 14,500 people have engaged in a range of health and wellbeing initiatives during this time. In addition it was announced in September 2021, that Athy is one of 19 Slaintecare Healthy Communities nationally, with resources and programmes targeting Athy overseen by the HSE and LCDC locally. This programme was launched by Minister Feighan in Athy on October 14th.

A Healthy Kildare plan, as part of HI3, was adopted by Kildare LCDC at its’ meeting on September 28 2022. It will be adopted by Kildare CYPSC at their next meeting. This plan sets out a framework and broad health and wellbeing priorities for the county. It will prioritise actions under future Healthy Ireland funding in addition to informing future programmes/plans of the health and wellbeing priorities for the county. The upcoming Local Economic and Community Development Plan (LECP) will consider health priorities (based on this plan) and there has been close co- operation with the draft County Development Planning process.

Copies of the plan have been circulated to the elected members.
Issued by: Ms M Higgins, A/Director of Service, Economic Development and Community and Culture