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PPI Ignite network

University of Limerick

The PPI Ignite Network @UL aims to build on the success of PPI Ignite (2018-2021) in transforming institutional health research culture through its objectives of training and development, networking, and policy change. PPI Ignite Network @UL draws on the tradition of participatory health research to promote meaningful involvement of the public and patients. Working in partnership with the PPI Ignite Network, we are committed to creating a sense of shared learning and shared achievement across all aspects of our work.

PPI Ignite network

Local Partners

Care Alliance Ireland - Zoe Hughes ​

Care Alliance Ireland - Zoe Hughes 

Care Alliance Ireland (CAI) is a national network of voluntary organisations supporting family carers. Their vision is that the role of family carers is fully recognised and valued by society in Ireland. CAI works with UL and the NGO community to support the strengthening of PPI practices.

Health Sciences Academy - Miriam McCarthy​

Health Sciences Academy - Miriam McCarthy

The Health Sciences Academy is a partnership between the University of Limerick, the UL Hospitals Group and the Midwest Community Healthcare Organisation. These three partners share the primary aim, through the Health Sciences Academy, of improving health and wellbeing for people in the Midwest. The HSA works with PPI Ignite Network @ UL to ensure the voice of healthcare services is included and facilitates access to PPI training and networking.

Health Research Charities Ireland – Avril Kennan​

Health Research Charities Ireland – Avril Kennan

Health Research Charities Ireland (HRCI) is the national umbrella organisation of charities active in health, medical and social care research, working to achieve a vision of improved lives through a united community of health research charities. Alongside their involvement as a National Partner, HRCI contributes to UL networking activities and dissemination of information to its network.

UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) - Alphonse Basogomba ​

UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) - Alphonse Basogomba 

Knowledge for Change (K4C) is a UNESCO sponsored global consortium of Higher Education Institutions committed to best practice community- based learning and research. K4C brings a community perspective to all PPI activities and particularly to the development of PPI training and education.

Anne Drabczyk, Indian River State College​

Anne Drabczyk, Indian River State College

Dr Anne Drabczyk is Associate Professor of Health Science at Indian River State College in Florida. Anne will provide international academic collaboration, with a special focus on PPI policy intervention and evaluation.

Tina Cook, Liverpool Hope University ​

Tina Cook, Liverpool Hope University 

Professor Tina Cook is an Honorary Professor in Education at Liverpool Hope University. She is experienced in the design and delivery of training for Participatory Health Research internationally. Tina works with UL on the development of education and training resources and brings an international perspective to these activities.

Jennie Popay, Lancaster University ​

Jennie Popay, Lancaster University 

Jennie Popay is Professor of Sociology and Public Health in the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University. She provides academic expertise on embedding PPI into institutional structures and on monitoring and evaluating PPI activities.

Shannon Family Resource Centre (SFRC)

SFRC was founded in 2001 and is based in the Respond Community Building in Rineanna View Estate, Shannon, Co. Clare. This charity is part of the Family Resource Centre (FRC) programme, which is Ireland’s largest national family and community-based support programme, core funded by Tusla – (The Child and Family Agency). FRCs are located within a community-based model of family support and this model is at the heart of the Programme, managed by local voluntary management committees, which are critical in facilitating meaningful participation within communities and in ensuring local knowledge and accountability.

SFRC employs 6 staff and works holistically in the community with individuals, children & families to build their resilience & actively participate in their own community. The Centre works with partner organisations to deliver and facilitate personal development & other programmes.


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