Well Bermuda Partnership

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Well Bermuda Partnership
Commission Profile
Status as at June 2019Active
NameWell Bermuda Partnership
Date of establishment2006
Date of first meeting16th November 2006
Date of last meeting27th January 2016
Number of meetings over past 12 monthsPartnership members divided into 5 smaller action groups that meet monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly. 1 – Annual meeting of the Partnership; 3 – Well Bermuda Executive Committee, which consists of the Chairs and Facilitators from each of the Action Groups
Chairperson’s nameDr. Virloy Lewin
TitleHealth Promotion Coordinator
Organisational affiliationMinistry of Health and Seniors, Department of Health
Duration of tenureSince 2010
Summary of steps taken to establish the Commission Specifically
  • Was there a planning group, (e.g. Task Force, Committee or other “precursor body”) that worked to establish the Commission?
  • If so, does the group still exist?
  • If it does, what is its relationship with the Commission?
In 2004 the Department of Health conducted a process to ascertain the health priorities for Bermuda. Twenty community and government organisations came together to review Bermuda’s leading causes of death, the 2000 Census information of self-reported health conditions, the 1999 Adult Wellness Survey, and the 2001 Teen Wellness Survey
Through this process they established the most pressing health issues: overweight and obesity, heart disease, diabetes, accidents and violence, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, back spine problems, cancer, substance abuse, smoking, chronic renal disease, and arthritis. This process of prioritization was intended as a first step towards creating a common agenda for health across all sectors
Well Bermuda National Health Promotion Strategy is intended to provide direction, greater coordination; a way of assessing our progress and provides a unifying vision and set of goals for a healthy Bermuda
The Strategy is organized around three themes, each of which has identified goals, objectives and benchmarks. Eighteen health goals were identified as central to the country’s health promotion efforts
Lead agencies for each of the eighteen goals were identified and form the membership of Well Bermuda Partnership
  • Are there recommended profiles or desired characteristics for Commission Chair and Commissioners?
  • Were these applied in selecting the Chair and Commissioners?
  • If yes, to what extent do the Chair and Commissioners satisfy them? Fully? To a large extent? To some extent?
The Health Promotion Office of the Department of Health retains the principal responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the progress on the National Health Promotion strategy objectives
The Health Promotion Coordinator is the “Chair” of the Partnership by virtue of position
Legal authority/referenceMinistry of Health and Seniors
Location(sector/entity)Department of Health, Ministry of Health and Seniors
Mandate/Scope of workThe mandate of the Partnership is to engender greater partnership and working together in the implementation of the National Health Promotion strategy
Terms of referenceYes
Conflict of interest policyNo
Code of ethicsNo
Standard operating proceduresMemorandum of Understanding
NNCDC strategic plan/plan of actionYes – updating in progress
Decision-making process (consensus, majority, other)Consensus
Government sector membership and level of representationLead agencies for 12 of the goals are Government Sector
Civil society membership and level of representationLead agencies for 6 of the goals are Civil Society; NGOs also represented in the working groups
Private sector membership and level of representationPrivate sector organisations are represented in the working groups
Ex officio members-
Secretariat exists? If so, please give date of establishmentNo
Full-time human resources/functionsNo
Part-time human resources/functionsNo
Main functions (advisory, accountability, strategic planning, project/programme implementation, other)Communication about projects/programmes related to Well Bermuda; implementation of action plans; collaboration and coordination of activities to ensure optimal use of time and resources; and contribution to the evaluation of Well Bermuda implementation
Main areas of interventions for NCDs and NCD risk factorsObesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic kidney disease, hypertension
Other health issues that the NCD/Wellness Commission addressesHIV/AIDS, asthma
  • Is there integration – structural or functional, with other health-related Commissions, such as HIV Commissions?
  • If so, to what extent? Fully? To a large extent? To some extent? To some extent
HIV/Safer Sex Practices is one the eighteen goals in the Strategy. There isn’t a HIV Commission; Government and a local NGO collaborate to address HIV prevention and treatment
Framework(s) of reference (national policy, strategy or plan; international plans/strategies)Well Bermuda National Health Promotion Strategy 2008; Bermuda Health Strategy 2014-2019 - Priorities for Bermuda’s Health System Reform; Bermuda Health Action Plan 2014-2019.
Well Bermuda 2020 coming out in 2017
Focus of interventions (legislation, taxation, policy development, project/programme development, project/programme implementation, capacity building, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, otherInterventions are mostly project/program development and intervention, with monitoring and evaluation
Need capacity building in policy development
Work groups/subcommittees/task forces and their functionsThe Partnership is divided into 5 action Groups. Each Action Group has a chair and facilitator to coordinate meetings and report on progress towards goals and objectives
Accountability mechanisms (periodicity of monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and to whom; financial accountability mechanisms)
  1. Annual Update of Action Plan objectives
  2. Sign off on 2-year Memorandum of Understanding
  3. Quarterly Monitoring Reports sent to Health Promotion Coordinator (Chair of Partnership)
Main successesFramework developed for Well Bermuda Strategy implementation – action plan and monitoring reports; Well Bermuda Action/Work Groups; Establishment of Annual Meetings to report on progress; Increased collaboration between Government/NGOs and Private Sector
Main challengesQuarterly reporting; agencies taking ownership of the Strategy; competing priorities; resources – human and financial
Main source(s) of funding and approximate percentage of funding from each sourceFunding comes through the Health Promotion Office and is mainly for organisation of meetings/programs
Indicative annual budget (USD)There is no separate annual budget
Mechanisms for sustainabilityThe Health Promotion Office of the Department of Health retains the principal responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the progress on the National Health Promotion strategy objectives
Additional information/commentsNone

The Well Bermuda Partnership (WBP) is an NNCDC equivalent that has a mandate broader than NCDs. It meets annually, but has action groups that work to address 18 goals, most directly linked to NCDs and their risk factors. However, two of the goals address, respectively, mental health and sexual and reproductive health.

The WBP has staff and financial resources from the Health Promotion Office. It has a strategic plan, developed within the frameworks of the National Health Promotion Strategy, which is organised around the themes of health people, healthy families, and health communities; the Bermuda Health Strategy 2014-2019; and the Bermuda Health Action Plan 2014-2019. Collaboration and partnership among all stakeholders are identified as key success factors. Notwithstanding its successes, the WBP faces challenges related to human and financial resources, agencies taking ownership of the Health Strategy, and reporting.

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