Health Issues In The Community (HIIC)

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The course

Health and social inclusion policy developments have resulted in an increase in initiatives that target health inequalities and community involvement in health (e.g. community health projects and healthy living centres).

Health Issues in the Community, otherwise known as HIIC is a training programme aimed at increasing community capacity, increasing community participation, and establishing/ consolidating community development approaches to tackling inequalities in health.

Who is the course for?

Health Issues in the Community is ideally suited to help equip local people for the real challenges that they face in developing community responses to health issues and becoming more active citizens.

The course is delivered by trained HIIC Tutors and can be tailored to suit different community settings. It can be delivered as an accredited course. The following sections tell you about how you can run a course in your area, and how to become a HIIC Tutor.

You can download the course outline here - Health Issues In The Community - Course Outline

The cost of running a Health Issues in the Community course will vary enormously depending on the venue, transport, accommodation, childcare and tutor fees. The only fixed figure is the cost of accrediting students (this currently stands at £30 per student).

How can the course be used?

An evaluation of HIIC found that the Learning Pack was a valuable resource that had been enthusiastically embraced and promoted in many parts of Scotland. With a worker now dedicated to its continued development there is significantly greater opportunity for this use to increase. It should be of particular interest to agencies that have a remit for tackling health inequalities, promoting community development approaches to health and developing community participation around health.

Health Issues in the Community can certainly provide a good starting point for local people or workers who want to tackle health inequalities at community level.

Watch HIIC tutors talking about the course -

HIIC Online

HIIC now has its own dedicated website which features resources and information about the course. It also has the complete HIIC Tutor Training pack available for registered HIIC Tutors.

You can find out more at

                             HIIC video link

HIIC contact details

Health Issues in the Community is a partnership between NHS Health Scotland and CHEX (Community Health Exchange). The initiative is funded by NHS Health Scotland; and course development, tutor training, assessment/certification, support and networking provided by CHEX.

All enquiries should, in the first instance, go to Kate McHendry (Development Manager), CHEX, Suite 305, Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow G2 6HJ.  Tel: 0141 222 4841.  Fax: 0141 248 4938.