:: About us

Healthy Communities non-profit organization provides, according to its statute, general community services in the area of creation and protection of environment and protection of health of the population with an intention to increase education levels, skills, awareness and protection of health.

The main goal of the organization is to further systemize a program of health awareness in disadvantaged communities on the whole territory of the Slovak Republic through implementation of the National Program Healthy Communities, support the use of human resources from the environment of segregated settlements, and increase their employment. 

Founding members of the Healthy Communities NPO are Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic and Platform for Support of Health of Disadvantaged Groups (PSHDG).

PSHDG is an association of legal entities established under §20f of the Civil Code. It brings together multiple subjects of non-governmental, state and private sector which are interested in the issue of health of disadvantaged groups in Slovakia. Members of the Platform include Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC), Association of Field Health Assistants (ATZA), Open Society Foundation (OSF), Society of General Practitioners in Slovakia (SSVLD), WHO Office in Slovakia,  Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for Roma Communities, Public Health Office, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic (MPSVaR SR), Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic (MZ SR), Emergency Medical Services Operation Centre (OSZZS), Union Health Insurance, and GlaxoSmithKline Slovakia.

Activities of the PSHDG aim towards creating a complex model of supporting health of disadvantaged communities- especially inhabitants of segregated Roma settlements. These activities are mostly educational, focused on research, promotion, support and protection of health, support of educational and awareness activities, research outputs, promotion and awareness.

Healthy Communities non-profit organization was established as a model of solutions that effectively and actively brings together multiple organizations in order to reach a common goal- the improvement of health for disadvantaged communities, which makes it a social innovation in the approach to this field. Connecting a government body (competence responsible entity) and a non-governmental organization with years of know-how in the field is one of the innovative traits of the Healthy Communities NPO. The goal of all of the participating partners is to make sure that the organization will not deviate from its original mission.

The highest body of the Healthy Communities NPO is the Board of Directors. The Supervisory Board is the body responsible for overseeing the activities and the Director is a statutory representative of the organization.

The Healthy Communities Mediation concept in the Slovak context was originally developed and implemented by NGO the Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC).

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