The first City Health International Conference - City Health 2012 - was hosted by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum and delivered in partnership with colleagues from Knowledge Action Change and Esprit de Bois. It was held at Guildhall, London.

The intention was to break away from traditional narrowly focussed events and consider a range of health behaviours through the prism of the urban environment. Often seen as generators and creators of problems we were keen to demonstrate how cities can also act as engines for positive change.   To run a two day conference with a novel theme during a period of austerity and, at least in England, unprecedented organisational upheaval was arguably a brave act. However, the level of interest showed the concept was valid and popular.

CH 2012 attracted 30 high quality speakers who spoke to over 200 attendees. Feedback shows they found the two days stimulating and enjoyable, with one attendee, who had travelled from New Zealand, describing it as having “over delivered”. The conference also succeeded in breaking through many of the silos which too often constrain thinking and responses around issues that are inter-related.

Perhaps most importantly CH2012 was not just a one off event. As well as inspiring new thinking and better practices we have worked to ensure the knowledge and expertise shared at the conference is available to those who were unable to attend via the website. It is also clear that it has proved to be catalyst for future work and events and we are delighted it has a tangible and accessible legacy.

The accompanying pages in the 2012 archive include the programme, a selection of video presentations, copies of presentation slides, photos, media coverage, and the Paulo Pertica Award. Many thanks to Jon Derricott for filming the videos, and Gill Bradbury for the conference photographs.

We are grateful to the sponsors who made the event possible including: World Bank, Health Diplomats, Liverpool John Moores University, and Reckitt Benckiser; and exhibitors and supoprters including Blenheim CDP, Frontier Medical Group, Mosaic Training and Consultancy, PCM Scientific, UK Healthy Cities Network, UK Network of Sex Work Projects, NHS London Sexual Health Programme, Royal Society for Public Health, Blithe Computer Systems and H2 Events.

David MacKintosh
Policy Adviser
London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum