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City Health International is delighted to announce we have established a blog on the website to promote debate and discussion around current issues of interest to the network. David MacKintosh, one of the founders of the network, writes a weekly piece, posted here. We also invite contributions to the blog from others with ideas and opinions on issues relating to health behaviours and urban health and well being and who wish to share with others. If you would like to contribute, please send your post to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will ensure it is posted on the site and placed in the weekly City Health alerts sent to those in the network.

In an earlier blog I mentioned that in addition to failings around mental health dual diagnosis there was another subject where lack of action made me angry. In truth on occasion it has also brought me to something approaching despair. The issue in question was Hepatitis C (HCV), a virus I have seen afflict friends and colleagues and let’s not forget the well over 100 million people worldwide living with the infection. It is a major contributor to the rising toll of liver related death.

Вы можете найти такие примеры почти в каждом городе, они бывают разных форм и типов, их популярность ослабевает и исчезает, они могут быть безупречными, уродливыми, преднамеренно неудобными или привлекательными, артистичными и эргономичными с учетом разных популяций и индивидуальных потребностей. Они пересекают мои профессиональные сферы здоровья и политики безопасности сообществ. Их популярность, использование и дизайн говорят нам о городских проблемах и ответах на них. За последние месяцы они привлекли мое большое внимание и достигли нового уровня важности. На этой неделе я буду рассматривать скромную городскую скамью. Я также хотел бы, чтобы вы рассмотрели те, что есть в вашем районе.

You can find examples in almost every city, they come in many shapes and types, their popularity waxes and wanes, they can be stark, even ugly, deliberately uncomfortable or attractive, artistic even and ergonomic with consideration given to different populations and individual needs. They intersect my professional worlds of health and community safety policy. Their popularity, use and design tell us a great deal about urban problems and responses to these. Over recent months they have attracted a great deal of my attention and have achieved a new level of importance. This week I am going to consider the humble city bench. I would also like you to consider those in your area.

 В течение последних двух недель я был в командировках, объединяя поездки с посещением друзей и родственников. Я наслаждался солнечным теплом во Флориде, видом цветущих вишен в Вашингтоне и очарованием Питтсбурга. Этот бывший сталелитейный город заново находит себя, будучи двадцать лет в депрессивном состоянии. Политическое и гражданское лидерство, поддерживаемое сильным академическим сектором, технологическими отраслями и перестройкой побережья реки, дали Питтсбургу ощутимый оптимизм. Так получилось, что мой приезд совпал с годовщиной разработки первой успешной вакцины от полио в Университете Питтсбурга д-ром Йонасом Салком (о чем было объявлено миру 12 апреля 1955 года). Это было поистине важной вехой в глобальном общественном здоровье. Когда его спросили о том, кто владеет патентом на вакцину, д-р Salk ответил: «Ну, люди. Я бы сказал, что патента нет. Можете ли вы запатентовать солнце? » Это человек с большими идеалами, а также медицинской экспертизой.

Monday, May 27, 2019
The value of partnership approaches and joint working to tackle major health public policy issues is widely accepted, if more rarely practised. Even where there is engagement with other professions or disciplines there is a tendency to work with those whose outlook is not too challenging and are closest to us in practice and approach. City Health has been at the forefront in challenging this and others are also working to weaken the silo walls. In the last two weeks I have been a spectator and a participant in two very different events which highlighted how important it is to include the end user, the public, our communities when developing and delivering services.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The confidence we have in our health systems is at the core of how we use and, hopefully benefit, from them. If we lack confidence in the benefits of going to see our GP for a health check, seeing a nurse about a travel vaccination or asking advice from the local pharmacist why would we bother? In terms of dealing with drug and alcohol problems the importance of a positive therapeutic relationship or alliance is recognised not just as being a pleasant “extra” but being central to aiding recovery. It has an important role across all fields of treatment. There are also benefits where a society has faith and confidence in those that oversee and provide healthcare systems and treatments at a population level. By and large, despite many complaints and challenges, the National Health Service in the UK remains a highly valued and trusted part of our society. And rightly so. But that doesn’t mean we should shy away from acknowledging where things have gone horribly wrong.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
In England, the Easter public holidays see many of us get a four-day weekend. Schools are on holiday, roads are jammed, airports overflowing and much of the country indulges in chocolate, either in the form of eggs or bunnies. This year we also enjoyed some great weather. Fortunately, May looms, which brings another two holidays for us to recover from previous holiday excesses/hard work (delete as appropriate).
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Let me start with a big thank you to Liverpool, and especially the team from John Moores University, for another outstanding City Health conference. The impressive surroundings of Liverpool Medical Institute- a monument to the 19 th century’s commitment to science as well as its obsession with ancient Greece- proved to be an ideal venue. It contains a wonderful historic library, a selection of surgical and medical tools that bring a tear to the eye, and portraits of those who have contributed to the development of public health and modern health care, including some rather fearsome looking characters.

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City Health International
Founded in 2012 City Health International is a network of individuals and organisations engaged in the study of and response to structural health issues and health behaviours in the urban environment.
For the first time in history the majority of the world’s population now live in urban environments and the proportion continues to grow. As national governments struggle to deal with the pressures and demands of growing urban populations against a backdrop of financial deficits and uncertainty, it is increasingly left to those working at a city level to provide the leadership and support needed to tackle key health issues.