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City Health International is delighted to announce we have establishing 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, will be writing a weekly piece, which will be posted here. We would also like to 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 something, please send your contribution to Этот адрес электронной почты защищён от спам-ботов. У вас должен быть включен JavaScript для просмотра. and we will ensure it is posted on the site and placed in the weekly City Health alerts sent to those in the network.

David's blog #33: Keeping out of the ruts

The City Health Conference in Liverpool starts in less than two weeks. I am looking forward to revisiting a City I knew well in the late 1980’s but have only visited briefly since.  The main attraction though is an opportunity to listen to a range of excellent presenters and engage with my fellow attendees. As well as hearing from those working in areas I am familiar with it will also provide an opportunity to learn about subjects I rarely get an opportunity to engage with or consider. It promises a brief escape from the community safety/drug misuse bubble I normally inhabit. However, based on previous City Health experiences I expect to come away with some inspiration and some ideas around practical application. 


David's blog #32: Welcome to the Year of the Pig

I hope many of you had the opportunity to join in with events and celebrations to mark the new Chinese Lunar Year, that of the Pig.  I have read that the associated attributes of the Year of the Pig include a beautiful personality, good fortune and special associations with the late evening and night time.  I see this as an excellent augury for City Health 2019 which has several presentations concerning the problems linked to alcohol and the night time economy, alongside sessions looking at the links between the environment and health, a look at the role of art, reflections on what we have learnt and community initiatives.  The presentation on Public health – heroes and villains is one I particularly look forward to. Almost certainly the best £75 you will spend during the Year of the Pig.


David's blog #31: Sticks, Carrots and Ice Cream

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.


David's blog #30: Health and Happiness

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.


David's blog #29: Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument - Desmond Tutu

The year is ending at a gallop.  Brexit may have pretty much paralyzed the government in Westminster but in national, regional and local administrations the wheels still turn.  Health issues still feature in the media, some, such as rough sleeping and alcohol intoxication, being seasonal fixtures.  Universities and experts continue to provide new analysis, information and fresh angles on key subjects.  This may all sound very self-evident to colleagues outside the UK, but it is reassuring, at least to me, to take a moment and remind ourselves that the earth has not stopped turning on its axis as issues over the backstop, second referendum, votes of no confidence etc. etc. dominate the news and conversation.


D.Mackintosh photoДэвид Маккинтош является главой общественной безопасности Лондонского Сити, а с 2001 года также советником/директором Лондонского форума по политике в отношении наркотиков и алкоголя (LDAPF). LDAPF поддерживает обеспечение политик и продвижение передовых практики в сфере употребления наркотиков, алкоголя и общественной безопасности. Он участвовал в ряде инновационных кампаний по вопросам, касающимся вождения под воздействием наркотиков, злоупотребления психоактивными веществами на рабочем месте и повышения осведомленности о безопасности наркотиков в клубах и пабах. LDAPF финансируется Лондонским Сити в рамках приверженности делу улучшения жизни всех тех, кто живет и работает в Лондоне. В течение последних восьми лет он также консультирует Управление Большого Лондона по вопросам употребления психоактивных веществ и неравенства в отношении здоровья.

До этой позиции в течение двух лет Дэвид работал в Управлении по борьбе с наркотиками Объединенного Королевства (часть кабинета министров), прежде всего по вопросам молодежи и политики в области лечения. После этого в течение 8 лет он продолжил работу в Департаменте образования и навыков, где он работал в ряде областей, включая международные отношения и политику высшего образования. Он провел десять лет в качестве председателя провайдера услуг Восточного Лондона и в настоящее время является попечителем Adfam (семьи, наркотики и алкоголь) и Новый Альянс по Никотину New Nicotine Alliance (целью которого является улучшение общественного здоровья за счет повышения осведомленности о продуктах с пониженным уровнем риска).