The Inclusion Health Research Group (IHRG) is an interdisciplinary group of academics, researchers and practitioners who are committed to establishing more equitable and inclusive health care provision. While the group is based in the College of Medicine and Health, the group welcomes members from any discipline who has an interest in in this area.
Our terms of reference (2021) state that the aim of the IHRG is to further the objective of more equitable and inclusive population health by working collaboratively across the disciplines in the College of Medicine and Health and the wider community. Our objectives are to:
Undertake research that addresses issues of inclusion health and health inequity.
Locate our work within the frameworks of human rights instruments, the Social Determinants of Health (WHO CSDH), the Sustainable Development Goals, and UCC’s Connected Curriculum.
Explore ways to reduce health inequities across the population, by enabling vulnerable and marginalised groups to access healthcare and improve their health.
Involve patients, members of the public, community and civic groups in the design, planning, implementation, and review of our research and curricular development.
Develop our respective curricula for explicit integration of core principles of equity, social justice and consideration of the social determinants of health (SDH) in the educational preparation of health professionals.
Explore and develop outreach activities establishing communities of best practice.
The IHRG was established in 2021 by Dr. Angela Flynn in UCC's School of Nursing and Midwifery. Angela is the Convenor of the group along with Ms Mary Cronin in the School of Public Health.
L-R: Dr. Ciara O’Toole, School of Clinical Therapies, Carol Condon, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Dr. Angela Flynn, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mary Cronin, School of Public Health, Dr. Margaret Curtin, School of Nursing and Midwifery and Dr. Carol Kelleher, PPI Ignite@UCC.
To find out more about our Members and their Areas of Interest in Inclusion Health Topics, please click on the following link.
An internal study looking at mapping where inclusion health is taught across curricula in UCC.
Working with local and international partners to form a wider inclusion health network.
The aim of the IHRG is to further the objective of more equitable and inclusive population health by working collaboratively across the disciplines in the College of Medicine and Health and the wider community including:
Established in 2022, UCC Academic Health Sciences forms part of the University’s College of Medicine & Health. Like the IHRG, working with collaborators is very much the ethos that is central to CoMH's UCC Academic Health Sciences. We work to develop and promote health initiatives and strategies across UCC’s Health Sciences, our hospital partners and community healthcare organisations, all based in the south/south west region.