Spring seminars: Delivering public health

Today, there’s little debate about the fact that health and the built environment are linked, though it wasn’t always so. Perhaps nowhere is the connection better captured than here in London, where John Snow famously traced an 1854 cholera outbreak in Soho to a water pump on (now) Broadwick Street. Not only did this discovery place Snow at the forefront of modern epidemiology, it was also a catalyst for infrastructure and land-use planning, leading to, among other things, the Capital’s sewer system.

The April 2013 devolution of public health responsibilities to local authorities provides us with the latest lens through which to view health. Councils must now respond to a range of indicators as diverse as child poverty, air pollution, and excess winter deaths. There are new possibilities for joining up and funding the delivery of services – and a new set of considerations.

Future of London’s three-part event series in Spring 2014 will share knowledge and best practice in delivering programmes and strategies within this public health remit. These breakfast seminars are geared towards practitioners working in all aspects of the public sector. Please see below for further event details.

These breakfast seminars are kindly hosted by Arup, at their offices at 13 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ.

Registration is required, and space is limited. To register your interest in attending, please email events@futureoflondon.org.uk and specify which seminar(s) you are interested in joining. We will be in touch with details, and to confirm if you have secured a spot.

Embedding health in London boroughs

March 26, 2014, 9.00-10.30 Refreshments from 8.30, coffee & networking until 11.00

The scope of public health responsibilities calls for involvement from a wide range of partners, within and beyond local authorities. How is this already being delivered on the ground, and what principles can be shared across the public sector?

Speaking at the event are:

  • Dr Ruth Wallis, Director of Public Health for Lambeth & Southwark
  • Anna Scott-Marshall, Head of External Affairs, RIBA
  • Lucy Saunders FFPH, Public Health Specialist – Transport & Public Realm, GLA and TfL
  • Helen Macfarlane, Acting Head of Research, Community Engagement and Co-production, Turning Point

To read a full report of this event, click here.

Poverty, inequality, and health

May 15, 2014, 9.00-10.30 Refreshments from 8.30, coffee & networking until 11.00

Not only can socioeconomic conditions be pre-determinants of health, but many borough public-health indicators are also direct measures of poverty and inequality. These issues present a complex challenge to the Capital, but lots of work is already being done. This session will share resources and best practice that London’s practitioners can call on to help support healthy communities.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Chair: Angela McConville, Chief Executive, Westway Trust
  • Laura Austin Croft, Health Inequalities Programme Lead, Greater London Authority
  • Rachael Takens-Milne, Grants Manager, Trust for London
  • Ellie Kuper Thomas, Senior Strategy, Policy and Performance Officer, LB Tower Hamlets

To read a full report of this event, click here.

Food and health: Cross-sector resources

June 5, 2014, 9.00-10.30 Refreshments from 8.30, coffee & networking until 11.00

Please note: this seminar has been rescheduled from April 30 due to the Tube strike

Delivering healthy communities doesn’t rest only on the shoulders of the public sector; the private sector and communities have important roles to play. Using London’s massive and diverse food system as a focus, this session explores what different stakeholders are doing individually and together to support a healthier city.

Speaking at the event are:

  • Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University London
  • Jonathan Pauling, Principal Policy Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Sharon Strutt, Head of Neighbourhood Regeneration, LB Enfield
  • Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti and Jo Revett, Neighbourhood Partnerships Managers, Sanctuary Housing Association

To read a full report of this event, click here.