Monday 3rd November


Rooms 1/2

Rooms 3/4

0930 - 1100

Opening Session

Chair: Anke van Dam (AIDS Foundation East-West)

Welcome: Anke van Dam (AFEW) and Gerry Stimson (K•A•C) 

Measuring Amsterdam introduction (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Panel discussion: Facing the future: cities’ roles in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and beyond

  • Catherine Hankins, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development
  • Michel Kazatchkine , UN special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe
  • Renet van der Waals, Netherlands Ministry of Development

1100 - 1130

Tea and Coffee

1130 - 1300

Parallel #1

 Cities reaching out to disengaged and marginalised groups

Chair: Natalya Shumskaya, (AIDS Foundation East-West in the Kyrgyz Republic)

  • Talgat Mambetov Republic AIDS Center Kyrgyzstan: Providing effective HIV services sensitive to the needs of drug users
  • Udi Davidovich , GGD Amsterdam: Using internet and mobile technology to reach MSM to encourage testing and risk reduction
  • Yolanda van Doeveren, Municipality Amsterdam: Program Prostitution – prostitution policy. Prostitution in The Red Light District : improving the empowerment of sexworkers and the battle against human trafficking
  • Iryna Nerubaieva , AFEW Ukraine: Building networks to help at-risk adolescents gain access to social and medical services: experience from Ukrainian cities

Parallel #2

 Health literacy and e-health - using media and technology to improve access and understanding

Chair: Martin Cawley(Turning Point Scotland)

  • Fransje van der Waals, AIHT and Health (e) Foundation, Netherlands: Developing e-health programmes in Amsterdam schools
  • Linda Waldman, Institute for Development Studies, South Africa: E-health, mobile phones and young people in Cape Town
  • Iris Rosier, Trimbos-institute, Netherlands: Mainstream mental health in the city through e-Health

1300 - 1430

Lunch and "Measuring Amsterdam" activity

1430 - 1545

Plenary One 

Chair: Gerry Stimson (K•A•C)

Challenges for cities: ensuring health and well-being for all citizens

  • Arnoud Verhoeff, GGD (Municipal Health Department), Amsterdam: Public Health in the City of Amsterdam – How to deal with diversity?
  • Ingrid van Beek, Director, Kirketon Road Centre, Sydney, Australia: Ensuring the ‘undeserving' are not underserved in urban settings
  • Annemarie Jorritsma , Mayor of Almere and Chair of VNG (the Mayor’s network), Netherlands: City Health Challenges and prospects: the role of city leaders

1545 - 1600

Tea and Coffee

1600 - 1730

 Chair: Paddy Costall (K•A•C)

Paolo Pertica Award Presentation – to the National Ugly Mugs Project (UKNSWP)

Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture:

Dr Manuel Carballo , International Centre for Migration, Health and Development, Geneva, Switzerland

‘Changing Urban Profiles and Implications for Health’

1730 - 1930

Drinks Reception



Tuesday 4th November

0915 - 1045

Plenary Two

Chair: Cate Hankins (AIGHD, Netherlands)

Urban health responses – making the links across sectors

  • Peter Hennephof , Director General of the Custodial Institutions Agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice (DGI) of the Netherlands : Prison health, community health
  • Jaap Seidell , Free University Amsterdam: A European integrated approach to healthy weight amongst children
  • Neil Quinn , Co-Director of the Health Policy Centre, Strathclyde University, Scotland: Developing participatory approaches to address urban health inequalities

1045 - 1115

Tea and Coffee

1115 - 1245

 Parallel #3

Prison health, community health: how does this work in practice?

Chair: Gerda van t’ Hoff(Custodial Institutions Agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice, Netherlands)


  • Erik Masthoff, Vught Penitentiary Institution, Netherlands: Caring for vulnerable groups in prison
  • Lee Knifton , Strathclyde University, Scotland: Public health on both sides of the prison walls
  • Cisca Joldersma , Correctional Institutions Agency, Ministry of Justice, Netherlands: Effective through and aftercare for prisoners: joining the dots

 Parallel #4

Innovative health interventions in an urban context

Chair: David MacKintosh, (London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum)

  • Pauline Oosterhoff and Emily Kageha Igonya, Institute of Development Studies, England and Kenya: Using digital story telling to explore the effects of constitutional reform on access to ART for women in Nairobi slums
  • Steven van der Vijver Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. In addition he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) in Kenya: A novel cardiovascular prevention program in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Alex Feis-Bryce, National Ugly Mugs Scheme, England: Preventing violence and supporting sex workers in accessing health care

1245 - 1330


1330 - 1500

Parallel #5

Children, youth and safety in the urban environment

Chair: Georgina Perry, (United Kingdom Network of Sex Work Projects)

  • Martine Bouman , Center for Media & Health , Gouda, Netherlands: Mental resilience: The Secret of the Positive Exception
  • Sophie Humphreys , Project Pause, London: Breaking the cycle of women who have multiple births and multiple children removed into care
  • Peter van der Linden , Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands: Reducing the risk of child maltreatment on a local and national scale
  • Rob Bovens, Windesheim University and Trimbos Instituut; Ninette van Hasselt, Trimbos Instituut, Netherlands: Local alcohol policy and young people: 10 years of successful approach within the Netherlands


Parallel #6

Non-communicable diseases, urban planning and wellbeing

Chair: Cinzia Brentari, (CARE Project)

  • Joop Ten Dam , Windesheim University: Health inequalities and a ‘health in all policies approach’
  • Ingrid Bakker , Windesheim University: Designing for a child-friendly and healthy urban environment
  • Marije Van Koperen : Lessons from research on an integrated approach to urban health



1500 - 1530

Tea and Coffee

1530 - 1630

Rapporteur and Closing

Chair: Anke van Dam, (AIDS Foundation East-West)

Report back on the `Measuring Amsterdam` exercise by Lea den Broeder (Hogeschool van Amsterdam DBSV)

Geoff Gallop (University of Sydney) and Fatemah Rabiee-Khan (Birmingham City University) - joint rapporteurs to sum up proceedings

Handover to hosts for City Health 2015, in Barcelona


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