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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.

 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.

1970-х и 80-х годах, когда я рос, в прайм тайм на телевидении была научная программа, которая рассказывала о положительном потенциале новых изобретений и технологий. В неумолимо позитивном тоне, несмотря на частые неудачи, когда докладчики и изобретатели испытывали проблемы с демонстрацией прототипов в прямом эфире. Несмотря на то, что это вызывало определенную степень насмешки, и большая часть массового обращения заключалась в том, что демонстрации и эксперименты шли не так, это обеспечило оптимистичное видение будущего, в котором мы все выиграем. Это был отличный противовес другим различным видениям будущего, которое предлагалось через книги, фильмы или телевидение, и которое было явной антиутопией. Были различные сценарии пост-ядерного апокалипсиса, глобальные пандемии (телевизионное шоу Выжившие (Survivors) оказало глубокое влияние на меня восьмилетнего), и, конечно же, были опасения по поводу исчерпания ресурсов, захвата планеты роботами, загрязнения, угрожающего человечеству, угроз из космоса. Угрозы были значительными, некоторые казались более ощутимыми, чем другие. Тем не менее вы могли бы обоснованно утверждать, что большинство обществ с оптимизмом смотрят (хотя и немного обеспокоенно) на будущее, и одной из главных причин этого было очевидное улучшение здоровья.

For the last two weeks I have been on my travels, combining a holiday with visiting friends and family. This has seen me enjoying the sunshine in Florida, the cherry blossom of Washington DC and the delights of Pittsburgh. This former steel city is visibly reinventing itself after some twenty years in the doldrums. Political and civic leadership aided by a strong academic sector, tech industries and redevelopment of its riverside has given Pittsburgh a tangible air of optimism. It so happens that my arrival here coincided with the anniversary of the development of the first successful polio vaccine at the University of Pittsburgh by Dr Jonas Salk (announced to the world on 12 April 1955). Truly a major milestone in global public health. When asked about who owned the patent to the vaccine, Dr Salk replied, “Well the people I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” A man of great ideals as well as medical expertise.

When I was growing up in the 1970’s and ‘80’s there was a science programme on prime time television which highlighted the positive potential of new inventions and technology. In tone it was unrelentingly positive, despite the frequent mishaps as presenters and inventors experienced the challenges of demonstrating prototypes live on air. Although it attracted a degree of mockery, and no doubt much of its mass appeal did lie in watching demonstrations and experiments go wrong, it provided an upbeat vision of a future where we would all benefit. It was a distinct counterbalance against various other visions of the future we were offered via books, film or tv, which all seemed to be distinctly dystopian. There were various post nuclear apocalypse scenarios, global pandemics (the TV show Survivors had a profound impact on this eight year old) and of course there were concerns about resources running out, machines taking over, pollution threatening mankind, threats from outer space. The threats were considerable, some seeming more tangible than others. Yet you could reasonably argue that most societies looked forward with optimism (if not a little concern) and one of the big reasons for this was visible and demonstrable improvements in health.

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.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Welcome to my initial blog for City Health International. My intention over the coming months is to look at developments in research, politics and the media through the prism of urban health and what it may mean for the City Health community (so pretty much anyone reading this). While my background is in national and regional policy work around substance misuse, with a more recent interest in crime and anti-social behaviour issues, I will be looking at a much broader range of topics. Before we embark on that though I shall briefly explain how I got involved with the phenomenon that is City Health and how that helped extend my horizons beyond alcohol and drugs.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
I hope 2019 has begun well and that the year ahead proves a good one for you all. Despite the ongoing political uncertainty in the UK and increasing strain on budgets, with little hope of improvement in the near term, I remain surprisingly upbeat. It may be the result of what seems to have been a successful London Christmas alcohol campaign, once the data firms up I shall certainly share more. It could be the prospect of the forthcoming City Health International Conference in Liverpool on 22 March, which promises some great speakers. Possibly it is a result of small, but welcome, signs of a willingness to explore new ways of thinking and working to reduce health inequalities in relation to mental health and hepatitis. Perhaps it’s having just secured funding to update our Safer Nightlife guidance, which aims to reduce drug related harms in the night time economy. I am sure the money has helped, you could say it has incentivised me.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Like many I have spent the last two weeks demonstrating a casual disregard for the advice provided by health organisations in terms of food and alcohol consumption. My levels of physical activity have not been all they should have been either, although I am full of good intentions for the coming year and have started to make my overfed body walk more .

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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.