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Programme Monday 4th November


09:15 - 09:45

Opening Session



John Connaghan

acting-Director General for Health and CEO, NHS Scotland

Martin Cawley

Lucy McTernan



Welcome on behalf of the Organisers




09:45 - 10:45

Plenary One
Urban issues in a local, national and international context

Chair: Gerry McLaughlin

CEO, NHS Health Scotland

Approaching the subject from different perspectives the international panel of speakers will place the challenges for urban health and wellbeing in context. Taking as a lead the assertion made during last year’s conference that responding to more and more rapid urbanisation would be the defining challenge for this century, the speakers will look at how policy is made and adapted to respond to the needs of diverse and changing communities. Examples and case studies will demonstrate how ideas and models can be translated into effective action, engaging individuals and communities in the process.

Professor Erio Ziglio

WHO Europe

‘Whole of government/Whole of society approaches to increase investment in health and development - European challenges, lessons and opportunities’

Professor Ziglio has worked for over 20 years in the academic world both in Europe and in North America. He has lectured and carried out research at the University of Edinburgh and in 1985 was awarded his PHD at the university. In the early 1990s He joined the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen and since 2002, Erio has headed the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development, based in Venice

Professor Sally Macintyre

University of Glasgow

‘Why urban health matters’

Professor Macintyre is Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. She has researched socio-economic and spatial inequalities in health to improve understanding of the significance of the social and physical environment for health. Her current interests include the potential of area-based health promotion initiatives, the role of neighbourhood barriers and facilitators for health, and developing an evidence-base for health improvement and reducing health inequalities.

Haleem Adil Sheikh

Former Minister of Relief for Sind Province
and Sports Minister in Pakistan

‘Urban challenges, responding to emergencies and disasters’

Mr Adil Sheikh is a former government minister and is the founder and the chairman of the Pakistan Relief Foundation, which works to alleviate the impact on populations of been natural disasters, epidemics, as well as addressing issues to address the alleviation of poverty.



10:45 - 11:15 Tea and Coffee


11:15 - 12:45

Chair: Dr Anne Scoular

Parallel 1: Housing, home, health and wellbeing

Martin Cawley


CEO Turning Point Scotland

Housing First in Glasgow – a home is more than just an address

Charlie Millar


CEO Cassiltoun Housing

Housing and local community building

Nicholas Pleace


York University

Housing First – the basis for health and wellbeing

The aim of this session is to consider the importance having a home has to the whole life situation including physical, mental health and overall wellbeing, the promotion of community and the impact on society as a whole. Discussion will include positive outcomes from a supported housing project operating in Glasgow which has adopted a Housing First approach, explaining how creating partnerships and innovative health initiatives can create vibrant, inclusive and socially connected communities which in turn help to improve health and wellbeing and the key findings of a recent review for the French Government Inter-ministerial Delegation for Shelter and Access to Housing (DIHAL) specifically the key lessons from international evidence base on the effectiveness of Housing First and housing-led services in promoting health, well-being and social integration.

11:15 - 12:45

Chair: John Downie

Parallel 2: Society is good for your health

Karyn McCluskey


Violence Reduction Unit, Scotland

Policing and public health

Rosie Campbell


UK Network of Sex Work Projects

Protecting sex workers from violent offenders

Derek McGill


Governor, HMP Barlinnie

Prisons, public health and the community

Ross Martin


Centre for Scottish Public Policy


Violence manifests itself in many ways and impacts on health and wellbeing in communities. Alienation and dislocation can lead to anti-social behaviour, hate crimes, domestic violence and gang culture. The session will look at responses from those concerned with law and order, those supporting victims and preventing incidents, as well as some thoughts policies that assist in developing a more effective and inclusive approach.

11:15 - 12:45

Chair: Dr Anne Ellaway

Parallel 3: Health equity and local policy

Stephen Woods


UK Healthy Cities Network

Embedding health and health equity in all local policies

Lee Knifton


University of Strathclyde

Using community based participatory research to address health inequalities

Dr Russell Jones


Glasgow Centre for Population Health

Integrating planning and health to address health inequalities

The changes heralded by the Health & Social Care Act 2012 provide an important context for addressing inequity in England and Wales. Equally Well, the report of the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities, which was launched in June 2008, sets the context for developing partnerships to address health inequalities in Scotland. This presentation will explore how the integration of health and health equity in all polices can support localities to tackle social determinants. It will reflect on work of the UK Healthy Cities Network and explore two specific issues where innovative forms of community engagement have been used in addressing health inequalities: mental health and spatial planning. Drawing on examples of good practice the session will explore health equity and will also showcase how Healthy Cities values and priorities can drive innovative and creative responses. The format will comprise a series of brief presentations followed by a structured discussion. There will be opportunities to discuss how placing Health in All Local Policies can tackle the Social Determinants of Health and promote equity.




12:45 - 14:15 Lunch, Networking and Side Events



14:15 - 15:45 Parallel Sessions


14:15 - 15:45

Chair: Professor Gerry Stimson

Parallel 4: Migration, Health and Urban Diversity

Dr Manuel Carballo


International Centre for Migration and Health, Geneva, Switzerland

Ensuring health and wellbeing for urban migrants

Haleem Adil Sheikh


Pakistan Relief Foundation

Disasters and responses to internal displacement and migration

Dr Teresa Piacentini


University of Glasgow

Super-diversity and its implications for the delivery of health care: learning from practitioners, interpreters and migrants

How do we respond to ‘difference’? Migration as a factor in urbanisation. Assessment of needs, embracing ethnicity/marginalised groups/populations. Impact of cultural issues on health.

14:15 - 15:45

Chair: Dr Chris Ford

Parallel 5: Drugs Alcohol and Sexual Health - engaging with affected populations

Katie McLeod


Crew 2000

Clubbing, drugs and legal highs

Dr Rosie Ilett


Sandyford Services

Developing quality sexual health services in an urban setting

Elaine Forbes


Turning Point Scotland

Home and dry, does rehab shine? – Reflections from a residential alcohol
rehabilitation service

Few social issues impact so comprehensively on health and wellbeing as drug and alcohol misuse. The burden of social harm from drugs and drink is substantial and in Glasgow City is a huge contributory factor to a wide range of health and social problems, including chronic illness, sexual ill-health and risk behaviours, crime and anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, strained relationships, family breakdown, child neglect and homelessness This session will explore the impact that drug and alcohol use has on health and examine what systems and supports can be put in place to help address the problem. Examples of practice with well-established drug and alcohol users, how we respond to emerging trends in use – including club drugs - and developing, implementing and evaluating quality sexual health services within an urban setting will inform the discussions.

14:15 - 15:45

Moderator: Anke van Dam

Parallel 6: HIV in the urban context

Prof. Michel Kazatchkine

Each panellist will make a short introductory statement followed by Q&A
and discussion.

UN Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Dr Roy Robertson

International Doctors for Healthy Drugs Policies

Georgina Perry

Open Doors NHS Trust

This session will examine how HIV/AIDS has impacted on the urban landscape and how different responses have sought to treat and support people living with AIDS and also serve to protect communities, through prevention and education. What lessons can we learn from different approaches? What cultural, political and other factors come into play? Is there a ‘best practice’ that can be adopted?




15:45 - 16:00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 - 17:15

Plenary Two
What makes a good city?

Chair: Cinzia Brentari

International Public Health
Consultant (Italy)

Speakers in this session have been asked to focus on factors that can impact on enriching the life of the diverse individuals, communities and groups that make up the populations of cities. Health and wellbeing are central to this, but other factors - structural, political and behavioural - impact significantly on attempts to ensure cities function well. How do we ensure inclusivity, reaching out to often alienated populations? How do we allocate resources to ensure effective investment? How do we determine priorities and ensure that these are kept under review and adapted or changed in the light of experience and evidence?

Professor Carol Tannahill

Glasgow Centre for Population Health

‘What makes for a good city? Beyond diagnostics’

Professor Tannahill is the Director of GCPH, having been involved in establishing the organisation and leading its development since 2004. She contributes to all the GCPH work programmes; and is a Principal Investigator on the GoWell programme, investigating the impacts of urban regeneration on health. Carol is also a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Honorary Professor with the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Caledonian University, and has contributed to a wide range of international, national and local public health policy and strategy developments.

Krishnapura Gopinath

Association of People with Disability (APD)
Bangalore, India

‘Health challenges of marginalised communities in growing urban cities’

Mr Gopinath has a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Bangalore University. Following work as an Education Co-ordinator promoting education among the Dalit children in rural areas, in 1995 he joined APD’s the Urban Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, helping community staff to ensure education, rehabilitation, social inclusion and employment among people with disabilities living in Bangalore slums. He has headed all APD programmes since 2008.

Dr Ingrid van Beek

Kirketon Centre, Sydney, Australia

‘Public health, public order and ‘health for all’’

Dr van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has been the Director of the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) since 1989. Located in Sydney’s Kings Cross, KRC is among the world’s most comprehensive health services for vulnerable populations. She is Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of NSW and in 2001 became the founding Medical Director of the English-speaking world’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre. In 2010 Ingrid became a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to public health.




17:15 - 18:00 Exhibitions and Networking

18:00 - 19:30

Fourth Annual Alison Chesney & Eddie Killoran
Memorial Lecture

Public Lecture

Professor Michel Kazatchkine


‘AIDS: Global Progress, Local Challenges’

Programme Tuesday 5th November

09:45 - 10:45

Plenary Three

Investing in the Future

Chair: Martin Sime

The focus of this session will be on how we ensure health and wellbeing for this and future generations. How can we ensure that investment produces sustainable results? What are the priorities for investment? How do we ensure that issues of equality are addressed and the interests of disadvantaged and marginalised populations are safeguarded in the process? Alienation is a real challenge and often this manifests itself in relation to young people. Disproportionate numbers of young people from poorer backgrounds are brought before the courts. How can we respond to this to ensure that the interests of both the offenders and the wider community are best served?

Dr Anne Scoular

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

‘Investing in Prevention’

Since 2002 Dr Scoular has been a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in Glasgow and was previously a Consultant in Genitourinary Medicine for 10 years. She spent two years on secondment to the MRC Social & Public Health Science Unit, working within the Unit’s Evaluation programme. She retains a specialist interest in the epidemiology and public health aspects of STIs (including HIV) and has worked with the Scottish Government on the Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities and contributed to national implementation of the forthcoming HPV vaccination programme.

Judith Robertson

Oxfam Scotland

‘Winners and losers in the new
economic times’

Ms Robertson has been the Head of Oxfam Scotland for nearly 7 years and before that was Programme Manager for the UKPP in Scotland. Her current work involves managing the team in Scotland supporting all sorts of campaigning, programme work, policy development, advocacy and media - as well as a wide range of other representational functions including speaking to Parliamentary Committees and public conferences.

Pavel Aksenov

ESVERO, Russia

‘Young people: urban futures in Russia’

Pavel Aksenov is the Executive Director of ESVERO, which is the leading NGO in Russia working on harm reduction. In addition he has worked extensively with young people caught up in the criminal justice system, including those held in institutions in and around his native Moscow.


10:45 - 11:15 Tea and Coffee


11:15 - 12:45

Chair: Dr Russell Jones

Parallel 7: Comparative Health - is Glasgow special?

Dr David Walsh


Glasgow Centre for
Population Health

Why is Glasgow’s health poorer than elsewhere?

Professor Ade Kearns


GoWell Project, Glasgow

GoWell - assessing the health impacts of housing investment and urban regeneration in Glasgow

Dr Ima Jackson


Glasgow Caledonian University

Migration in Scotland’s future: learning from practitioners, interpreters and migrants

As the host city for the conference, what can we learn from the Glasgow’s historical experience and its current challenges in relation to public health and wellbeing?

11:15 - 12:45

Chair: Martin Cawley

Parallel 8:
Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual Health - effective policy responses

David MacKintosh


London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum

London, mayors and drugs and alcohol policy

Dr Ingrid van Beek


Kirketon Centre, Sydney, Australia

Navigating the urban policy jungle

Dr Evelyn Gillan


Alcohol Focus Scotland

The politics of alcohol policy

Consumption of substances, both licit and illicit has a significant impact on urban life. The entertainment and hospitality trade makes a massive contribution to the economy of most cities, but can also contribute to problems associated with ‘excessive behaviours’. Policy makers need to respond to achieve a balance in enabling trade, maintaining an orderly environment and ensuring that those who are at risk are supported and helped to address the consequences. The presenters in this session will focus on how policies and effective responses have been developed and implemented to try to achieve the necessary balance.


12:45 - 14:15 Lunch, Networking and Side Events


14:15 - 15:45

Chair: Joy Barlow

Parallel 9: Building our youth for the future

Julie Truman


Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS

Engaging young people in health improvement

Liz Miller


Triple P

Cities and urban parenting issues

Pavel Aksenov


ESVERO, Russia

Drug Referral Scheme: addressing health and social problems among young offenders in Russia

This session will explore the different perspectives of how children and young people require investment in terms of emotional and practical support, as well as strategic policy alliances. The direct experience of young people growing up in the urban environment will be illustrated. Examples will be drawn from education, childcare and justice systems, as well as what it means to invest in your own future from a personal perspective. There will be an accent on what can positively support the building of youth for the future.


14:15 - 15:45

Chair: Dr Manuel Carballo

Parallel 10: Urban health mapping

Dr Geraint Ellis


PARC Belfast

Regeneration and physical activity

Max Hislop


Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership

Climate change adaptation mapping – lessons in the urban context

Dr Anne Ellaway


University of Glasgow

Mapping the social and physical environment

The aim of this session is to consider how tools used to map and analyse physical and social aspects of the environment can further our understanding of the interaction between people and their environment. Three examples will be presented to explore a variety of ways that tools can be used to map, measure and assess urban health and, in turn, how this can be used to influence policy and practice. One study from Belfast explores walkability and accessibility of the built environment. Another presentation discusses the use of GIS to create a tool that analyses data on climate change hazards and vulnerabilities to identify areas across the Glasgow and Clyde Valley at risk. The final presentation will be based on work in Glasgow mapping social and physical aspects of the environment.


15:45 - 16:00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 - 17:00

Closing Session

Chair: Martin Cawley – CEO, Turning Point Scotland

Dr David Stuckler

Oxford University

Keynote Address

‘Why austerity kills: economic policy and the impact
on public health and wellbeing’

David’s presentation will be based on his recent book The Body Economic – written with co-author Sanjay Basu - which is an agenda-shaping look at the human costs of financial crises. The global financial crisis has had a seismic impact upon the wealth of nations. But we have little sense of how it affects one of the most fundamental issues of all: our physical and mental health. Based on the authors’ ground breaking research, the book looks at the daily lives of people affected by financial crisis, from the Great Depression of the 1930s, to post-communist Russia, to the US foreclosure crisis of the late 2000s. Why, it asks, did Sweden experience a fall in suicides during its banking crisis? What triggered a mosquito-borne epidemic in California in 2007? What caused 10 million Russian men to ‘disappear’ in the 1990s? Why is Greece experiencing rocketing HIV rates? And how did the health of Americans actually improve during the catastrophic crisis of the 1930s? The conclusions it draws are both surprising and compelling: remarkably, when faced with similar crises, the health of some societies - like Iceland - improves, while that of others, such as Greece, deteriorates. Even amid the worst economic disasters, negative public health effects are not inevitable: it’s how communities respond to challenges of debt and market turmoil that counts. The Body Economic puts forward a radical proposition. Austerity, it argues, is seriously bad for your health. We can prevent financial crises from becoming epidemics, but to do so, we must acknowledge what the hard data tells us: that, throughout history, there is a causal link between the strength of a community’s health and its social protection systems. Now and for generations to come, our commitment to the building of fairer, more equal societies will determine the health of our body economic.


Presentation of the Paolo Pertica Award


Anke van Dam

Handover to City Health 2014 in Amsterdam


Programme Committee 

  • Gerry Stimson, Director K*A*C and Visiting Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, England - chair

  • Joy Barlow, Head of STRADA - Scottish Training,Drugs and Alcohol, University of Glasgow, Scotland

  • Martin Cawley, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland, Scotland

  • Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, / Anne Scoular,  Consultant in Public Health Medicine, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland

  • Anne Ellaway, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow

  • Natalia Khodakevich, Chair of the Board, Non-Profit Partnership To Support Social Prevention Programmes In Public Health ("ESVERO")

  • Karyn McCluskey, Co-Diector, Violence Reduction Unit, Strathclyde Police, Scotland

  • Gerald McLaughlin, Chief Executive, NHS Health Scotland

  • Lucy McTernan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Scotland

  • John Ryan, Chief Executive, ANEX, Australia

  • Anke van Dam, Executive Director, AIDS Foundation East West, Netherlands

  • Russell Jones, Glasgow Centre for Population Health