Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic

Summary 2018 (EN)

Dear Colleagues,

Let me inform you through our Summary Newsletter of the selected activities and events that took place in 2018.

At the same time we would like take this opportunity to thank all Healthy Cities and Regions and our partners for good cooperation in the past year. We hope that also in 2018 we will jointly devote our energy to activities related with sustainable development, health and quality of life promotion in our Cities and Regions.

(NOTE: Some of the website links are available only in Czech, in that case you can use the Google Translate toolbar, which can be found on the left side of the HCCZ web page.)

Petr Svec
Czech Healthy Cities Director
WHO HCP National Coordinator

Information and updates

We know the winner of the BEST Practice Voting for 2018!

The Healthy Town of Krizanky won the voting contest for the BEST Practice of Healthy Municipalities and Regions in Czechia selected from seventeen documented good practice examples of 2018.

How could a small town like Krizanky in the Vysocina Region get the most of the votes? The reason is not only the town´s excellent Municipal Social Housing topic, but also its wide experience with social networks, which is also central to the good work of cities and towns. You can learn more about the winning Krizanky best practice example in the Sustainable Development Gallery. (Czech version)

The voting contest for the “Healthy Cities Best Practice 2018” had been running for several months on the Healthy Cities facebook pages with nearly 16,000 followers. It was kicked off at the Autumn Healthy Cities School and closed early this year. The results were announced and the awards were handed over on 24 January 2019 at the national Healthy Cities conference called ”Vyšvihněte se s námi!” (Make it to the top with us!).

We would like to congratulate the Healthy Town of Krizanky and thank all the participants for promoting inspiring approaches to improving the places where we live!

HCCZ EVENTS IN 2018: Have you been there with us? Come and join us (also) next time!

3x three-day Healthy Cities Schools, which are part of professional accredited training courses always involving open introductory seminars. Total: 400 participants

6x educational and discussion events: Total 305 participants

  • workshop Sustainable energy in municipalities
  • seminar Smart city and sustainability
  • seminar Citizens´ Health – a topic prior to the municipal elections
  • Meeting of Healthy Regions
  • Meeting of Healthy municipal districts
  • Good places for living

3x accredited training courses on “Principles of sustainable development in connection with strategic planning and quality of life“.

6x international events or significant meetings with foreign partners

9x webinars on topical issues, questions and methodological procedures

Services for Czech Healthy Cities and Regions in 2018 in figures

In 2018, as in the previous years, Czech Healthy Cities network provided its members with a wide range of services.

105 "in-house" consultations
51 public Fora / 3843 participants
32 “Youth” and “School” fora
9 City trainings and other nationwide events / 705 participants
3 accredited courses
9 webinars

In our publication “Member benefits” you will find an overview of what we offer and are able to implement in areas such as participation, sustainable development, projects, quality management and many other topics.

We provide training and education as well as tailor-made consultations. We seek good practice examples and promote your inspirations. A number of activities can be freely used by towns and regions that are not our members yet. Our events are open to everybody, take inspiration from Healthy Cities and become one of them – as you will see, it is worth it!

Strategy, Management and Quality – Czech Healthy Cities and their partners have lots to offer

In the year 2018 we created and provided our members a number of practical tools and tested many methodological procedures intended for municipalities and regions. We help cities, municipal districts, LAGs etc. to evaluate their approach to sustainable development and quality of life.

We offer experts, rich experience from other municipalities and cities. You can easily record, share and compare your information with others in the DataPlán HCCZ online tool. You will see here your strategies and your planned projects in a clear way. Thanks to live data and indicators, which we process for you from public databases, you can manage your city and authority easier.

Would you like to know, how to prepare or manage your city strategy? How can you work with projects and budgets? How can you effectively connect quality standards and methods and set appropriate processes? Our experts have helped many cities in this way and they keep on providing gratis their experience and will recommend the best tailor-made processes for you.

We have number of innovations to share. In the year 2018 we still had planning for Health, but also dealed with financial management in cities, housing and related indicators of quality and sustainability. Jointly with cities and for cities we have developed practical on-line tools such as real estate passport, for city grant schemes, project evaluation in terms of sustainable development and much more…

How does Czech HC network communicate on-line?

We have published 7 on-line Newsletters on our website reporting on the latest developments in a given month, including its translation into English. The Newsletters were sent to more than 2000 addresses in the Czech Republic and to nearly 300 addresses abroad.

We seek and promote good practice examples – on our unique web signpost called SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GALLERY you will find over 315 thematically sorted good practice examples from 80 places in the Czech Republic as well as from abroad. Additionally, in 2018 we had 322 new short inspirations – small projects, inspirational event or activities. Loaded with news, our INSPIROMAT for towns and regions is sent to all interested parties 3 times per month.

15 531 people liked our Healthy Cities Facebook. Our portfolio of social networks is also formed by Instagram and Twitter. Both networks will enable people to follow us on smartphones, but they are also accessible via PC. Furthermore, we administer popular profiles of Czech Healthy Cities on Linked In as well as a video channel with up-to-date and interesting media coverage from various cities and towns.

In 2018, our website recorded 30 863 visits.

We run 11 thematic e-mail conferences for those interested in sustainable development, strategic management, health, volunteering and other topics.

Czech Healthy Cities welcomed five new members in 2018

The new members of Healthy cities, towns and regions in 2018 are: the city of Ostrava, the municipal district of Prague-Dolni Mecholupy, Praha-Brezineves and the municipalities of Zasová and Chuchelna.
At the end of 2018, the association totalled 131 members with regional outreach to 2109 cities and towns with 5,390 million inhabitants (51 % of the population of the Czech Republic).

A list of all Czech Healthy Cities and Regions is available HERE.

Participation, Healthy Cities Fora, Emotional maps…

Healthy Cities, Towns and Regions hold regular meetings for their citizens to discuss the most burning issues concerning the place where they live. In 2018, the Healthy City Forum was held in 51 towns and cities with a total attendance of 3843 citizens. Another popular event are youth and school fora (32 events during the year 2108) where pupils and students discuss the development of their municipality. As in the case of the “adult fora”, the outcomes of these public meetings are submitted to a municipal or city council which will address them further. The purpose of these events is to enhance interest in public matters across all generations.

Again in partnership with Palacky University Olomouc we have offered emotional maps to cities. Emotional maps build on the concept of GeoParticipation using geospatial tools to involve participants in decision-making. Cities and towns will receive their emotional maps in a regular office format or as a GIS layer. Healthy Cities are going to offer this service to its members for free also in 2019.

Among other additional services that are free of charge for HCCZ members, we offer also follow up e-surveys in computers or mobile phones, that help to check the outcomes of the planned events at wider spectrum of respondents. In our perspective there is also a new tool for participatory budgets. HCCZ prepares these activities in cooperation with the Mobile broadcast.

And what are a Healthy City and the National Network of Healthy Cities?

You can go through our Basic Information containing an overview of the fundamental information concerning the association, its members and activities.

… watch our new short video, which in brief entries answers the questions: what is the first thing that crosses your mind when we say Healthy city, town, region? Which of the services of the association do you value the most? For how many years has been the city, town, region a member of the HCCZ association? What can you, as a Healthy city, town, region, be proud of? In what do you excel?

… or just contact us: - any time and we will be glad to assist you.

Pour Féliciter 2019

Dear colleagues and friends,

with the ending of this year we want to thank you very much for your continued support and fruitful cooperation. And for the upcoming year we wish you many Healthy, sustainable, smart, resilient and cooperating cities open to its citizens.

We wish you a happy new year 2019.

Healthy Cities of the Czech Republic


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