The 25th Health Challenge Wales seminar featuring the School Health Research Network (SHRN) took place on the 23rd March in Cardiff. This full day seminar aimed to raise awareness among national stakeholders of the potential of SHRN offers in terms of monitoring, developing and evaluating health and wellbeing policy, practice and outcomes. The seminar provided a forum to develop strategic links and effective partnerships for Network sustainability, in addition to providing an opportunity for stakeholders to influence the future direction of SHRN.
Representatives from Welsh Government, Public Health Wales as well as SHRN researchers presented on the day providing delegates with an opportunity to take part in panel discussion. Delegates were able to learn how the Network has been designed to meet data and evidence needs of stakeholders at local, regional and national level and how stakeholders at each of those levels have shaped the Network’s development. The potential of the Network to catalyse school-based health research was highlighted. Staff and students from Alun School in Mold presented on how their school has used Network data.