Midland Regional Youth Services (MRYS ) has received the ‘Health Promoting Organisation’ accreditation from the HSE Health Promotion Service in Dublin Mid-Leinster.
Youth development worker Elaine Berry completed the NUIG specialist certificate in Health Promotion for Community Development Settings. As part of the course Elaine developed a ‘Health Promoting Organisation Strategy’ in consultation with the Youth Services. The initiative supports community organisations to actively promote health and well-being and to develop and implement a comprehensive Health Promotion plan for their agency.
This holistic health plan describes how the services can support both the health of its workers and those who attend its services. It includes a range of actions such as health education and health promotion programmes, developing and reviewing health policies, improving the space that people work and meet in and building links with families and communities.
Health promotion manager, Dublin Mid-Leinster, Sheilagh Reaper Reynolds, said “The purpose of the HSE/ NUIG specialist certificate in Health Promotion is to support individuals, organisations, and communities to work together to identify the issues that affect and control their health. It also encourages people to find ways to reduce the factors that have a negative impact on their health and to increase the things that can improve health. The accreditation process takes place over the course of two years and involves a lot of hard work. I would like to congratulate Elaine, MRYS, and HSE health promotion staff on their and dedication and commitment.”