City Health 2016, the fifth edition of the conference, is returning to the venue where City Health International was launched in 2012, the historic Guildhall, at the heart of the City of London, and once again is hosted by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum.
In this conference we wish to examine, through a critical lens, the increasingly complex relationships between policy makers, academics and researchers, communities and individuals, in a world where change is rapid and information technology has increased access to information, as well as changing the dynamics of communication and influence.
The programme will be developed over the coming months and will, as with previous editions of the conference, focus on the role of cities and how they can and should respond to and manage the needs of their communities, to ensure health and well-being are at the centre of policy and planning, in terms of the structures, services and support available. At all times the process being informed and underpinned by a thorough examination of the available evidence.
The conference has earned a reputation for high quality speakers, debate and discussion and 2016 will aim to continue this, including contributions from politicians, leading thinkers in the field of urban health and well-being, service, those who develop and provide interventions and services and advocates and community activists. Some of the issues and topics that have emerged for inclusion are:
- Is public health facing a crisis? - how can cities respond to growth, a changing environment and expectations, with more complex relationships and dynamics (individuals/communities v institutions)?
- Knowledge, information technology, social media and the empowerment of communities to drive change
- Emerging science and ‘vocal consumerism’
- ‘Citizen Experts’ doing it for themselves - increased personal autonomy and responsibility for health
- ‘Harm reduction is public health’ – an examination of how far this is true today
- Challenges incorporating change - what are the legitimate limits to policy and is there really a ‘nanny state’?
- Challenges to established ways of making policy - knowledge, information technology, social media and the empowerment of communities to drive change
- Negotiating change - developing a framework to embrace new ideas in a stable and respectful way
The programme will consist of plenary sessions and panel-lead discussions, with the emphasis here on audience participation. It will also include the presentation of awards and the seventh Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture, which will be followed by an informal drinks reception for all delegates, provided by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum.
Read more at https://cityhealthinternational.org/2016