Heart of our City

Key Facts

Important Partners

St James’s Hospital, the Irish Heart Foundation, and Novartis Ireland. 


  • 833 citizens were engaged
  • 35% of people visiting the Mobile Health Unit were identified as having high blood pressure
  • 80% of people reported lifestyle changes in the follow-up
  • Extended partnerships between ExWell Medical, Fatima Groups United, and Dublin 8 Community were mobilised
  • Awarded highly commended in the Public Health Initiative of the Year category at the Irish Healthcare Awards 2022


Heart of Our City was one of the five winning proposals selected for the first call for pilots launched in March 2021, which addressed three key community needs previously identified with the community survey: mental health; population health management; and Covid-19 impact. 

Heart of Our City is a patient empowerment initiative, aimed to improve awareness around the management of cardiovascular disease in the community. 


In response to identifying heart health as an area of concern for Dublin 8 citizens, Heart of Our City connected people in Dublin 8 with a range of resources to support their cardiovascular health, such as information on heart health, and heart and stroke support services, building on existing social prescribing initiatives in the locality.  


The pilot aimed to improve awareness and management of heart health to reduce the burden on local services and unplanned hospitalisations 

Want to find out more?

Smart D8 welcomes expanded project partnerships with institutions, universities, and experts alongside community representatives. Contact us at info@smartd8.ie