Pre-conference: Assessing health needs: a public health diagnosis of two Dubin communities    

Wednesday 8 November, 13:30 – 17:00 Dublin time (starting with network lunch at 12:30)

Organised by:

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin City University (DCU), Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programmme


Health needs assessments (HNA) have traditionally been conducted using a ‘top-down’ approach, where researchers and policy makers infer the health needs of a target population through the use of quantitative population data. However, these assessments do not necessarily reflect the true health needs of the target population. This project pilots an approach to working in disadvantaged local community areas where health and wellbeing risk factors are particularly concentrated, to incorporate community views on health needs, into a HNA. We worked with two very disadvantaged  communities close to Dublin  to highlight community views of the main barriers and assets in relation to community health and social needs, and worked alongside community members to support them in summarising and presenting the workshop findings. This community-led presentation will discuss  the health needs and assets identified by the community.


Prof Debbi Stanistreet (RCSI), Prof Mary Rose Sweeney (RCSI), Dr Talent Nyamakope, Sláintecare Healthy Communities Programmme, Dr Denise Proudfoot (DCU) 


The detailed programme will follow soon.


The registration fee for this pre-conference is only EUR 20. Networking lunch and refreshments are included.