Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP)

The Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project (NHIP) aims to develop an integrated and collaborative approach to addressing health improvement across the six Neighbourhood Renewal Areas (NRAs) within the North West, by developing a process to enable communities in each NRA to improve their health and well-being.  These NRAs include Limavady, Outer North, Outer West, Strabane, Triax and Waterside.

The project is managed by a partnership drawn from the community/voluntary and statutory sectors with a shared commitment to working together to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities. The partnership comprises representation from the 6 Neighbourhood Renewal Partnerships / Areas plus the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT), Department for Communities (DfC), Public Health Authority (PHA) and Derry Healthy Cities Project.

NHIP focuses its work on three priority themes linked to the public health strategic framework, ‘Making Life Better’. The themes are:-

  • Reducing the number of people who are obese or overweight
  • Improving mental health & wellbeing and reduction in self harm and suicide
  • Maximising collaboration to tackle determinants of health

A community development approach is fundamental to the work of NHIP.  In each area a Health Development Worker works closely with a local Health Forum (comprising representatives of local C&V Groups, Schools and Statutory Agencies) to support the development and implementation of a local health plan which focuses on tackling the above three priority themes. 

The Outer North Health Development Worker is Natalie Logue, based within the Galliagh Women’s Group, 63 Galliagh Park.  Natalie can be contacted on Tel: 028 7135 6092 or E: [email protected]