chi blogs

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 chiblog[at] 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 #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.


David's blog #28: Ignorance and Alcohol

Ignorance is a lot like alcohol: the more you have of it, the less you are able to see its effect on you – Jay Bylsma

It’s been a very busy few weeks.   I have been involved in finalising and rolling out a London wide alcohol campaign aimed at those out celebrating in the run up to Christmas.   Let me thank all who have contributed, especially my colleague Jess.  It’s been a serious piece of work getting partners on board and materials out on time.  No mean feat. You can find out more about Eat, Pace, Plan here

On 3 December we hosted a major conference looking at how we can move to eradicate Hepatitis C.  It was a great event that attracted over 200 attendees, a positive indication of the growing interest in this issue.  It was also the biggest audience for one of our events since the first City Health Conference back in 2012.


David's blog #27: A hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people – Maya Angelou

We all have our heroes, those who inspire and motivate us. They may be historic or contemporary, known through books, film or via the news. Quite possibly we may have actually met or even worked alongside someone who we view as a hero. Many of us, if we think about it, will have a considerable number of heroes, and every country, city and profession provides its own candidates, though many are disputed and once established heroes can find themselves out of favour as views and understanding changes. Many of course never receive much in the way of acknowledgement or reward, quiet heroes going about their work without fanfare. Of course, the field of health improvement provides us with a rich list of famous names to choose from, Hippocrates, Jenner, Pasteur, Fleming, Snow (who I will return to), Bazalgette, Bevan. I am sure you could all add many, many more. This list is of course historic, and I want to ponder a moment on who might be celebrated as a hero in 20, 50 or 100 years.


David's blog #26: The Train Tracks of History (from a quote by Eisenhower)

Like another 1.5 million Londoners my commute to and from work regularly involves reading the Evening Standard, a free newspaper that enjoys a rich heritage and is almost a part of the fabric of the City. This despite its politics and editorial stance often being at odds with London’s inclinations. It does benefit from some quality journalism and has a breadth of coverage which reflects London’s status as a world city. Last Monday there were three articles which ensured I didn’t doze off on my journey, and which captured three of the key issues facing our major global centres.


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).