City Health Liverpool 2019: “Learning from experience, planning for the future”

Cities around the world are currently faced with substantial public health challenges including deprivation, inequalities, austerity, homelessness, substance use and a variety of vulnerable populations.

Liverpool’s rich history includes pioneering actions in public health. The appointment of the first Medical Officer for Health (Dr William Henry Duncan) a Borough Engineer (James Newlands) and an Inspector of Nuisances (Thomas Fresh) forming a hugely influential public health partnership to address the city’s growing health needs, against the backdrop of rapid industrialisation and population growth, lead to significantly improved individual and community health and well-being.

With the legacy of past achievements in mind the conference will examine:

  • What lessons for today can be learned from these and other historical public health innovations?
  • What makes for innovative and successful health and well-being partnerships in the modern era?
  • Who are the key actors – individuals and organisations – who can effect change?
  • Examples of good practice, engaging communities to implement novel city health solutions and build capability.
  • How do we enlist political support and secure resources to improve urban health and well-being?

Abstract Submissions

The conference aims to be inclusive and welcomes ideas for individual presentations and sessions for inclusion in the programme. Alongside plenary sessions, the programme committee will also consider the inclusion of a number of parallel sessions.

In line with the theme for the conference, the following list of possible topics for presentation will be considered. The list is indicative and you may have other suggestions:

  • What are the important lessons from history for urban health?
  • Economics of urban health: ‘value for money’ – how do we persuade municipalities to invest in health initiatives?
  • What are the most effective ways to plan and evaluate city public health interventions and value for money?
  • Small steps, big gains - what can be done with limited resources?
  • The role of civil society activism in addressing urban health and well-being.
  • How do we ensure ‘inclusion’ in urban health planning?
  • What is the role of harm reduction in ensuring urban health and well-being?
  • How can we best address more extreme issues for urban health – depression, stress, violence?