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HSE Community Healthcare West. (2021) Community Healthcare West annual report 2020. Galway: Health Service Executive.

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Community Healthcare West looks after the health of people in the western region, involving Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. 

P.33 Social Inclusion - Social Inclusion services focus on working with all key stakeholders to ensure improved access to appropriate health services for socially disadvantaged service users. We provide advice, support and clinical services as appropriate to persons who are homeless, refugees, asylum seekers and members of the Traveller and Roma community. 

2020 Priorities, achievements and challenges (include):

  • Improve health outcomes for socially excluded groups - While the delivery of projects was impacted as a result of the pandemic, our services continued to work closely with socially excluded groups to ensure health-related issues continued to be addressed. Throughout 2020, our Community Workers engaged with Social Inclusion groups to ensure that all relevant information related to COVID-19 was made available.
  • Develop Drug Support Programmes along with Mental Health Services for co-occurring substance misuse concerns among at risk groups - This Initiative did not progress in 2020, it is anticipated that the Western Regional Drugs Task Force Family Coordinator will develop these programmes in conjunction with Mental Health Services, once in post. Interviews for this post were completed in April 2021. 

P.22 Regarding promotion of sensible alcohol use, we delivered ‘Know the Score’ Alcohol and Substance Misuse face-to face training to twenty one Secondary School Teachers and facilitated the Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce to support these Teachers in the future. We also facilitated community engagement workshops with sixteen participants from the Children’s and Young People’s Services Committee on reducing exposure of children and young people to alcohol-related harm in Galway City which was hosted by the Galway City Alcohol Forum. 

With the advent of COVID, the Head of Service was tasked with leading the COVID Testing Service. Towards the end of 2020, planning commenced for the re-establishment of the Healthy Ireland Implementation Group and a range of Action Groups focused on Alcohol, Healthy Childhood, Healthy Eating and Active Living, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Tobacco Free Ireland, Sexual Health, Sustainability, Staff Health and Wellbeing, Self-management Support, Positive Ageing and Making Every Contact Count.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Prevention, Harm reduction
November 2021
56 p.
Health Service Executive
Corporate Creators
HSE Community Healthcare West
Place of Publication

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