City Health 2013

CH2013 logoThe conference took place at the Glasgow Science Centre and featured a wide and varied programme of plenary (4) and parallel sessions (10). The focus of the programme was the factors that can facilitate or impede the goal of creating healthy urban populations – structural and behavioural. The topics included issues such as migration, equality in health, housing, home and health, drugs, alcohol and sexual health – including HIV in the urban context – the impact of violence, investing in the future, urban health mapping and looking at what makes for good health governance in the local, national and international context.

Speakers included academics, politicians, policy makers and practitioners, with each session designed to explore commonalities between problems identified and potential synergies in responses to them. Two-thirds of the speakers were from Scotland, 16% from other parts of the UK and 21% from other countries, including Australia, France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and USA .

CH Conference 2013 Archive

2013 Conference Report

 

This report, with the presentations, videos and other materials from the conference, posted on the City Health International website, together make up the legacy of the City Health 2013 conference. The website can be found at: http://www.cityhealthinternational.org/2013/

A downloadable PDF version of this report can be found here: http://cityhealthinternational.org/documents/2013/City Health 2013 - Report.pdf

The Organisers

City Health 2013 was hosted by Turning Point Scotland (TPS) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). The hosts were supported in the production of the conference by Knowledge Action Change (KAC) and Esprit de Bois (EdB).

The Context

The theme for this second City Health conference - “creating healthy places for healthy futures” - was selected to enable the examination of current policy and practice in relation to public health and wellbeing in cities, along with consideration of the future challenges for developing and sustaining healthy cities and a healthy public.

The location provided a fascinating backdrop for the conference. Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, has so far failed to shake off the unwelcome tag “the sick man of Europe”. Thirty per cent of adults in Glasgow smoke; rates of drug related deaths are double the Scottish average; alcohol-related deaths are the highest in Scotland and two-thirds of adults in Glasgow are obese. Against this backdrop Scotland has a solid tradition and reputation for academic excellence in the field of public health, demonstrated by the many excellent contributions from local presenters, within a programme that reflected an interest in the issues of concern in urban health from across the globe.

The links between deprivation and health are profound, well researched and beyond dispute. With Glasgow due to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the excitement and optimism this brings, it was also important to take stock of this and to examine what might be happening in other places and how this might be applicable in the local context.

The Conference

The conference took place at the Glasgow Science Centre and featured a wide and varied programme of plenary (4) and parallel sessions (10). The focus of the programme was the factors that can facilitate or impede the goal of creating healthy urban populations – structural and behavioural. The topics included issues such as migration, equality in health, housing, home and health, drugs, alcohol and sexual health – including HIV in the urban context – the impact of violence, investing in the future, urban health mapping and looking at what makes for good health governance in the local, national and international context. The full programme can be viewed on the website http://cityhealthinternational.org/2013-programme

Speakers included academics, politicians, policy makers and practitioners, with each session designed to explore commonalities between problems identified and potential synergies in responses to them. Two-thirds of the speakers were from Scotland, 16% from other parts of the UK and 21% from other countries, including Australia, France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and USA .

Due to visa issues and other unforeseen events a further 3 international speakers, from Iran, Pakistan and Russia, were unable to take part in the conference. However at short notice the organisers were in the main able to replace these speakers with alternative people and this helped keep the programme comprehensive and interesting.

The programme also included a public lecture, delivered by Professor Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy on HIV and AIDS for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which was followed by a civic reception for delegates, hosted by Bailie Philip Braat, who assists the Lord Provost’s office in welcoming visitors to the city.

In the final session there was also the presentation of the Paolo Pertica Award, to Dr Mohamad Shahbazi, from Iran, in recognition of his work developing HIV peer education in prisons in Iran [1].

The hub of the conference included an exhibition area, where some 25 exhibitors, comprising both commercial and NGOs, provided delegates with an opportunity to learn about products and projects related to urban health. The area also served to provide a networking space for delegates, with food and refreshments also provided there.

The organisers are grateful to the efforts of the members of the Programme Committee [2] for the conference, lead by Professor Gerry Stimson, for their work in helping shape the conference.

Attendance and Feedback

To promote the conference we used our existing networks and databases and extended the scope via colleagues within public health generally.

Two hundred and forty people took part in the conference over the two days, with 23 members of the public adding to the numbers for the public lecture. Seventy-three per cent of those attending came from Scotland, with 14% from other parts of the UK and the remaining 13% from other countries [3].

In terms of sectors represented by participants, 38% came from NGOs/voluntary sector, 27% from governmental/public sector organisations, 24% were academics and 10% were independents – including some from the private sector. In addition some 48% were involved in service delivery – including within health, social care, support and advocacy – and 21% concerned with policy.

Completed feedback forms were received from 43 participants (18% of the total of 240). Respondents were asked to rate a number of aspects of the conference (on a scale of 1 (very poor) to 5 (excellent). In addition other comments were also welcomed.

Regarding the programme there was an overall approval rating of 80% (very good/excellent) with a range of 57% to 100%. Respondents also rated bothoverall quality of the presentations and the quality of the programme overall at 91% (very good/excellent). In addition 88% believed the programme met their expectations almost entirely/entirely.

The comments respondents made on the programme were largely positive:

  • ‘The variety of experts in positions of authority was very impressive’.
  • ‘Speakers were knowledgeable, articulate and addressed relevant issues’.
  • ‘All excellent and wonderful so different and lots of thinking outside the box’.
  • ‘I am new to public health services and addictions and I thought this conference was excellent. It was more informative than I could have hoped for and the calibre of speaker was amazing!’
  • ‘Varied but cohesive enough, stout with information without overwhelming - a great balance, enjoyable in layman's terms (me) and for interested parties’.
  • ‘The speakers spoke about international issues to local issues that made the conference a well-rounded event with all subject matters having a context on the programme, well done’.
  • ‘The programme was very varied so there was something for everyone yet all the sessions linked under a common theme’.

Other comments related to issues that weren’t covered during the conference, but which might form part of future events:

  • ‘Given the emphasis on the growing urban population and the decline of rural populations, it is important to consider the impact of rural decline on city health - e.g. what use will be made of rural land - by whom, for what purposes etc. - rural decline could result in greater health inequity if urban (especially the poor) populations 'lose' the countryside, etc. There should be consideration of the importance of balance for urban health’.
  • ‘I think trying to bring Health, Housing and planning practitioners together for future conferences would help widen the discussions and debates’.
  • ‘More clinical medical information sessions and some insights into political processes which help/ obstruct progress.’
  • ‘Perhaps a little more on city governance arrangements and how they help or hinder healthy outcomes’.
  • ‘More on economic inequality and engaging with economic development colleagues’.

In terms of the overall organisation of the event, overall 83% rated as very good/excellent the conference website, registration, pre-conference and on-site administration and quality of delegate materials .

The venue and catering generated a mixed response. Most respondents (82%) rated the helpfulness of conference and venue staff as very good/excellent. Some 60% gave the space and layout a similar rating, with the quality of refreshments and lunch receiving less favourable ratings.

Overall 85% rated the conference as a whole very good/excellent value for money.

Some comments on the event overall included:

  • ‘The venue was a great backdrop, really enhanced the day’.
  • ‘The conference was very well organised and well run on both days. It was an enjoyable conference to attend’.
  • ‘It was an enlightening experience. The atmosphere might have been a little stronger if busier, but generally very impressive, international, informative and entertaining’.

Media Coverage

An important element for City Health conferences is media coverage, both for promotion and as part of the legacy for the events. This section gives examples of achievements in generating interest and coverage, together with links to articles where available.

City Health 2013 was light on hard “news” so relied more on the placement of comment and feature pieces in the lead into the event. The major “news” at the conference was Michel Kazatchkine´s statements on urbanisation and HIV points made in the memorial lecture. His status, as a UN Special Envoy also drew interest from local media. Reuters, who conducted an extensive interview with Michel prior to the event, carried this story.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/04/uk-aids-epidemic-idUKBRE9A303420131104

It was picked up widely internationally in outlets, such as The Huffington Post and Fox News website in the US, as well as in English speaking newspapers in countries such Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa. It also ran in Portuguese, French and Spanish in many other countries. Some examples:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/04/could-concentrated-hiv-epidemics-make-aids-unbeatable/

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2013/11/04/Could-concentrated-HIV-epidemics-make-AIDS-unbeatable.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/concentrated-hiv-epidemics-aids_n_4210571.html?ir=Healthy+Living

The Huffington Post version of the story alone attracted some 350+ comments.

In general coverage was split between the more specialised health/medical press (The Lancet, British Medical Journal) and local press (Herald Scotland, The Scotsman, BBC Scotland, STV, Third Sector News).

David Stuckler’s closing keynote address also attracted a lot of interest, including a major piece in the Herald just prior to the conference.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/austerity-hits-the-very-heart-of-our-health-warns-expert.22553193

Other coverage prior to the conference included:

  • October 24, 2013

    A podium comment piece in Third Force News, by Georgina Perry
    http://www.thirdforcenews.org.uk/2013/10/the-truth-about-sex-and-sport/
  • November 1, 2013

    A comment piece in The Lancet, by Gerry Stimson
    Pieces during the conference included:

Post-conference there were a number of media items:

  • December 4, 2013

    An article in the Holyrood Magazine, about Erio Ziglio
    http://www.holyrood.com/2013/12/governance-for-health/

Outputs from the Conference

In addition to the achievement in assembling an impressive combination of academics, policy makers, professionals and advocates to raise awareness of the importance of ‘joined-up’ thinking and action to address health behaviours in the urban context, the event also:

  • Provided a platform for Glasgow to demonstrate its achievements in the field of public health and to benchmark this against other locations.
  • Generated a large amount of media interest in the connectivity of issues under the urban health banner.
  • Provided valuable networking opportunities to further the development of City health International as an entity.

However the lasting legacy of the conference is the archive and legacy website - http://www.cityhealthinternational.org/2013 - where the programme, presentations, videos, photos and other materials generated by the conference can be accessed in perpetuity by both those who attended and others, making the learning from the event widely available.

Investment and Support

The organisers are grateful to the City of Glasgow, NHS Health Scotland, and the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit for their generous contributions towards costs and also to the World Bank for their continued financial support for the conference.

Thanks are also due to the many supporting organisations and exhibitors who also contributed to the event - including conference partners, London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) Aids Foundation East West (the Netherlands) Glasgow Centre for Population Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Health Diplomats (Switzerland) ESVERO (Russia) UK Healthy Cities Network, International Doctors for Healthy Drug Policies, University of Glasgow, Frontier Medical Group and Public Health Perspectives (Nepal).

Financial contributions allowed us to:

  • be flexible in applying fees to delegates, offering complimentary places and reduced tariffs to individuals and organisations unable otherwise to attend. This principally applied to NGOs and public health students – including those from outside of the UK;
  • meet some of the costs of assembling an impressive cohort of speakers from around the globe, adding to the quality of the overall event;
  • develop the legacy for City Health 2013, including videos, presentations and other materials posted the website, which will so greatly assist us in taking the issues forward, engaging with a wider audience.

The Future for City Health

The next City Health conference will be held at the Casa 400 Hotel, in Amsterdam, 3/4 November 2014. Aids Foundation East West (AFEW) and the Trimbos Instituut will host the event.


[1] Unfortunately Dr Shahbazi was unable to attend in person due to visa difficulties

[2] Members included Joy Barlow, Martin Cawley, Linda de Caestecker, Anne Scoular, Anne Ellaway, Natalia Khodakevich, Karyn McCluskey, Gerry McLaughlin, Lucy McTernan, John Ryan, Anke van Dam and Russell Jones

[3] Including Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland

2013 Paolo Pertica Award

The Paolo Pertica Award

paolo perticaThe Paolo Pertica Award was established in 2004 by the European Network of Drugs and Infections Prevention in Prisons (ENDIPP) The creation of the network stemmed largely from Paolo’s work with drug using prisoners – many of who were foreign nationals - incarcerated in London prisons. The award reflects his contribution to the development of work with drug users in the UK and within European criminal justice systems.

The aim of the award is to recognise innovation and outstanding contributions to public health interventions within the criminal justice context, in relation to drug and alcohol users, which can be shown to have a positive impact for both individual offenders and the community in general.

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.

Paolo Pertica Award 2013 has been Presented at City Health 2013 Conference in Glasgow

to Dr Mohamad Shahbazi

In recognition of his work to develop and deliver the Fission Model of Peer Education (FMP) and the Umbrella Model of Peer Education (UMP) with prisoners and their families in Iranian prisons

Certificate PP 2013

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

Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Scotland

2012

 

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 ENDIPP as an effective approach. Paolo has travelled extensively to provide consultancy and training for these colleagues and is still held in high esteem by many of them.

Moving away from service delivery and also away from London in 2001 relocating to Blackpool, Paolo has latterly 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 authority and spends his free time fishing and supporting Blackpool Football Club.

2013 Media

Media

An important element for City Health conferences is media coverage, both for promotion and as part of the legacy for the events. This section gives examples of achievements in generating interest and coverage, together with links to articles where available.

City Health 2013 was light on hard “news” so relied more on the placement of comment and feature pieces in the lead into the event. The major “news” at the conference was Michel Kazatchkine´s statements on urbanisation and HIV points made in the memorial lecture. His status, as a UN Special Envoy also drew interest from local media. Reuters, who conducted an extensive interview with Michel prior to the event, carried this story.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/11/04/uk-aids-epidemic-idUKBRE9A303420131104

It was was picked up widely internationally in outlets, such as The Huffington Post and Fox News website in the US, as well as in English speaking newspapers in countries such Malaysia, Nigeria and South Africa. It also ran in Portuguese, French and Spanish in many other countries. Some examples:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/11/04/could-concentrated-hiv-epidemics-make-aids-unbeatable/

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/World/2013/11/04/Could-concentrated-HIV-epidemics-make-AIDS-unbeatable.aspx

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/concentrated-hiv-epidemics-aids_n_4210571.html?ir=Healthy+Living

The Huffington Post version of the story alone attracted some 350+ comments.

In general coverage was split between the more specialised health/medical press (The Lancet, British Medical Journal) and local press (Herald Scotland, The Scotsman, BBC Scotland, STV, Third Sector News).

David Stuckler’s closing keynote address also attracted a lot of interest, including a major piece in the Herald just prior to the conference.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/health/austerity-hits-the-very-heart-of-our-health-warns-expert.22553193

Other coverage prior to the conference included:

October 24, 2013

A podium comment piece in Third Force News, by Georgina Perry

http://www.thirdforcenews.org.uk/2013/10/the-truth-about-sex-and-sport/

October 29, 2013

An opinion piece in The Scotsman, by Georgina Perry

http://www.scotsman.com/news/georgina-perry-authorities-must-be-on-their-game-1-3163765

October 31, 2013

A podium comment piece in Third Force News, by Judith Robertson

http://www.thirdforcenews.org.uk/tag/judith-robertson/

November 1, 2013

A comment piece in The Lancet, by Gerry Stimson

Pieces during the conference included:

November 4, 2013

A blog piece in the British Medical Journal, by Ingrid van Beek
http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/11/04/ingrid-van-beek-navigating-the-urban-policy-jungle-some-dos-and-donts/

An opinion piece in Drink and Drugs News, by Ingrid van Beek
http://drinkanddrugsnews.com/a-fine-balance/

Story released by Inter Press Service, by Michel Kazatchkine
http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/11/hiv-wave-feared-in-central-asia/

Interview by BBC Scotland with Michel Kazatchkine

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03flxnm (40.50-47.20) 
Thomson Reuters Foundation trail for memorial lecture

http://www.trust.org/item/20131104044858-11g5x/
Interviews on Scottish TV, for evening news with Michel Kazatchkine, Martin Cawley, John Downie and Georgina Perry

November 5, 2013

A blog piece in the British Medical Journal, by Michel Kazatchkine
http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/11/05/michel-kazatchkine-aids-huge-progress-but-time-for-a-rethink-on-how-to-end-the-epidemic-for-those-most-affected/

Post-conference there were a number of media items:

November 14, 2013

A blog in the BMJ, by Krishnapura Gopinath
http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/11/14/gopi-gopinath-the-future-of-indias-urban-health/

November 20, 2013

An article in the Holyrood Magazine – ‘No Mean City’ about the work of Glasgow Centre for Population Health - http://www.holyrood.com/2013/11/no-mean-city/

An article in the Holyrood Magazine, about Michel Kazatchkine
http://www.holyrood.com/?s=michel+kazatchkine

December 4, 2013

An article in the Holyrood Magazine, about Erio Ziglio
http://www.holyrood.com/2013/12/governance-for-health/

2013 Videos

List of videos

  1. City Health Conference, Glasgow 2013
  2. AIDS: Global Progress, Local Challenges - Professor Michel Kazatchkine
  3. Dr Roy Robertson responds to Michel Kazatchkine
  4. Cities: risk factors for HIV/AIDS - Martin Cawley & Michel Kazatchkine
  5. "A special way to remember them..."
  6. The Sydney MSIC "a really good news story"
  7. Addressing Poverty & Disadvantage in Urban Settings. Krishnapura Gopinath
  8. Novel Psychoactive Substances in Scotland - Katy MacLeod
  9. Why austerity kills: economic policy and the impact on public health

City Health Conference, Glasgow 2013



AIDS: Global Progress, Local Challenges - Professor Michel Kazatchkine



Dr Roy Robertson responds to Michel Kazatchkine



Martin Cawley, Chief Executive of Turning Point Scotland talks to Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy on AIDS for Central & Eastern Europe.



"A special way to remember them..."



The Sydney MSIC "a really good news story"



Addressing Poverty & Disadvantage in Urban Settings. Krishnapura Gopinath



Novel Psychoactive Substances in Scotland - Katy MacLeod



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

2013 Conference Programme

Download conference programme as a PDF file: CHI2013_Programme.pdf (ver. 10 October 2013)


Programme Monday 4th November

 

09:15 - 09:45

Opening Session

 

Welcomes

John Connaghan

acting-Director General for Health and CEO, NHS Scotland

Martin Cawley

Lucy McTernan

TPS

SCVO

Welcome on behalf of the Organisers

 

 

Plenaries

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
Association

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
CEO, SCVO

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

2013 Presentations

Posted on this page are the presentations given during the conference.

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OPENING SESSION

  • Martin Cawley, CEO Turning Point Scotland - Welcome

PLENARY 1

PLENARY 2

PLENARY 3

PARALLEL 1

PARALLEL 2

PARALLEL 3

PARALLEL 4

PARALLEL 5

PARALLEL 6 (panel discussion)

PARALLEL 7

PARALLEL 8

PARALLEL 9

 

PARALLEL 10

CLOSING SESSION

 

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