City Health 2012

CH2012 logoThe 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.

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.

CH Conference 2012 Archive

2012 Media

Media coverage for City Health 2012. Name indicates conference speaker or author.

Public health focus for drugs and alcohol? Gerry Stimson, Drink and Drug News. 1 Oct 2012. http://drinkanddrugsnews.com/this-time/

City challenge. John Ashton, Drink and Drug News. 16 Oct 2012. http://drinkanddrugsnews.com/example-feature-1/

Heroin Un-chic. Owen Bowden-Jones. Channel 4 News and Victoria Macdonald`s Health and Social Care Blog, 4 Oct 2012. http://blogs.channel4.com/victoria-macdonald-on-health-and-social-care/heroin-unchic/377

How e-cigarettes can reduce the harm caused by smoking. Gerry Stimson, Channel 4 News and Victoria Macdonald`s Health & Social Care Blog, 17 Oct 2012. http://blogs.channel4.com/victoria-macdonald-on-health-and-social-care/how-e-cigarettes-can-reduce-the-harm-caused-by-smokng/427

Boom in Party Drug Ketamine causes plague of bladder problems. Owen Bowden-Jones. The Sunday Times, 21 Oct 2012.http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Health/article1153932.ece

Clubbers ignorant of physical damage ketamine and ‘legal highs’ inflict. Owen Bowden-Jones, The Times, 23 Oct 2012. http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3576273.ece

Hugh Morris on City Health 2012, British Medical Journal (blog), 22 Oct 2012. http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2012/10/22/hugh-morris-on-city-health-2012/

Local government is 'best place' for public health, says new chief. Duncan Selbie, GP magazine, 22 Oct 2012. http://www.gponline.com/News/article/1155947/Local-government-best-place-public-health-says-new-chief

Drugs and alcohol spending must not lose out. Gerry Stimson, The Guardian, 23 Oct 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/oct/23/drugs-alcohol-spending-not-lose-out

UK drug service is ill equipped to deal with new “legal highs” taken by clubbers, conference is told. Owen Bowden-Jones, British Medical Journal, 24 Oct 2012. http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e7162

iPhone app helps UK strip-club dancers know their rights. Rosie Campbell, Reuters (blog), 25 Oct 2012. http://blogs.reuters.com/the-human-impact/2012/10/25/iphone-app-helps-uk-strip-club-dancers-know-their-rights/

New app helps UK strip-club dancers know rights. Rosie Campbell, Reuters Newswire (English), 29 Oct 2012. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/technology-strippers-women-idINDEE89S0BC20121029

Una 'app' ayuda a bailarinas 'striptease' a conocer sus derechos. Rosie Campbell, Reuters Newswire (Spanish), 30 Oct 2012. http://es.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idESMAE89T03S20121030

Bright lights and big city health problems. Various speakers, British Medical Journal, 29 Oct 2012. http://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e7226?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=

Manuel Carballo: Protecting the health of Europe’s migrants. British Medical Journal (blog). 30 Oct 2012. http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2012/10/30/manuel-carballo-protecting-the-health-of-europes-migrants/

City Health Challenge. Duncan Selbie and various speakers, Drink and Drug News, 5 Nov 2012. http://drinkanddrugsnews.com/public-health-challenge/

Hepatitis C could be eliminated from cities, leading specialist says. Graham Foster. GP Online, 2 Nov 2012. http://www.gponline.com/News/article/1157992

Future shock. Financial Times 6 Dec 2012. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/7152e414-39ee-11e2-a00d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ET5XgY4u

Urban ingenuity: A clean bill. Various presenters. Financial Times, 6 Dec 2012. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/997ce840-39e9-11e2-a00d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ET5XgY4u

2012 Award

PP Award 2012The Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) to mark the 10 year anniversary of the network. The creation of ENDIPP stemmed largely from Paolo’s work with prisoners from a wide range of different nationalities incarcerated in London prisons. The award was created to acknowledge his contribution to the development of work with drug using prisoners in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.

The award for 2012 was presented by Paolo during the conference, to the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. The citation for the award stated that it was given “for their collaborative efforts to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the deep rooted problems of violence associated with drug and alcohol use for individuals and their communities”.

In Scotland violence is a chronic problem, including that related to alcohol and drug misuse. Although overall levels of crime have fallen in the West of Scotland, levels of violent crime, in particular knife crime, have remained relatively constant for the last 40 years.

 

In response to concern about violent crime, particularly rising levels of knife crime, in January 2005 Strathclyde Police established the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) to target all forms of violent behaviour, in particular knife crime and weapon carrying among young men in and around Glasgow. In April 2006 the Unit’s remit was extended nationwide by the Scottish Executive, creating a national centre of expertise on tackling violence.

 

Adopting the public health approach as described in the WHO's World Report On Violence and Health (2002), the unit has simple aims: to reduce violent crime and behaviour by working with partner agencies to achieve long-term societal and attitudinal change, and, by focusing on enforcement, to contain and manage individuals who carry weapons or who are involved in violent behaviour.

 

The VRU is headed by co-directors Detective Chief Superintendent John Carnochan QPM and Karyn McCluskey.

 

Paolo Pertica

Paolo worked within a number of drug service providers, managing a wide range of services for drug users, most of who were in prison, or being dealt with within other parts of the criminal justice system. Amongst these organisations was the Prisoners Resource Service, where he was the Service Manager. The work of this pioneering service provided much of the model adopted by HM Prison Service to develop their CARAT services and was seen by colleagues in other countries involved in EDIPP as an effective approach. Paolo travelled extensively to provide consultancy and training for these colleagues and is still held in high esteem by many of them.

Paolo moved away from service delivery and also away from London in 2001 relocating to Blackpool, where he has worked in the commissioning and strategic development of a range of services, including in the fields of drugs and crime reduction. He is now a senior manager within the local council and spends his free time fishing and supporting Blackpool Football Club.

In addition to ENDIPP, the International Harm Reduction Association previously acted as the custodian of the award and now this responsibility resides with Knowledge Action Change.

Previous Recipients of the Award

Recipient

Country

Year

Elena Grigoryeva

Belarus

2004

Marina Goloviznina

Russian Federation

2006

Saman Zamani

Iran

2009

Tijana Pavicevic

Montenegro

2010

2012 Presentations

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Tuesday presentations

2012 Conference Overview

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