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Seeking innovative ideas to help family health

27 October 2005

HBDHB seeking innovative ideas to help improve health of families

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board chief executive, Chris Clarke, said the DHB was seeking requests for proposals from organisations in Hawke’s Bay, who believe they have innovative ideas for programmes to help improve the health of Hawke’s Bay families.

“We have $320,000 earmarked for ‘Healthy Families’ initiatives,” Mr Clarke said. “We would welcome proposals from any organisation including those not traditionally involved in health – for example, housing – there are already initiatives underway to improve insulation, as we know a warm dry home has a positive effect on health. I’m sure there are other ideas out there.

“There could be something from the sports sector, as increasing physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight are important for good health. Likewise, a healthy diet contributes to a healthy body…so if there are organisations out there, who think they can work alongside the DHB to improve the health of Hawke’s Bay people, we want to hear from you,” Chris Clarke said.

“Of course, people who already provide health services in our community are also most welcome to put forward their proposals,” he said. “We know we have to do some things differently If we are to improve the health of our community, and this funding for pilot programmes is just a starting point towards our goal of having the healthiest families in New Zealand.

Further information on how to put forward your proposal for ‘Healthy Families’ is available on the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s website: www.hawkesbaydhb.govt.nz or you can contact Angela Owen, in the Planning, Funding & Performance division on (06) 878 8109 ext. 4634 or by email angela.owen@hawkesbaydhb.govt.nz

The closing date for proposals is 5:00pm on Thursday 22 December 2005

ENDS

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