Mayor of Greater Manchester to speak at International Festival of Public Health
The Mayor, Andy Burnham, will be outlining Greater Manchester’s approach for early years and improving levels of school readiness at the sixth International Festival of Public Health, held at The University of Manchester today (Sept 5).
It will also be the launch of a special edition of the European Journal of Public Health, highlighting over twenty papers showing the importance of measuring health and wellbeing to unmask differences in health in our cities
The theme for the conference is “The future of health in changing political environments” where health experts have invited professionals, voluntary organisations and citizens to discuss how we can reduce inequalities and tackle the latest health and wellbeing issues, including improving physical, social and mental health.
Previous speakers at the Festival have included Professor Sir Michael Marmot, President of the World Medical Association, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director, NHS England and Professor Sir Liam Donaldson, former Chief Medical Officer for England.
Conference organiser, Dr Arpana Verma, from The University of Manchester said: “We are very excited to welcome the Mayor of Greater Manchester, all our speakers and delegates to our event.
“Vulnerable groups, especially children, need effective policies as are less likely to have a voice and be able to make their own choices. We have a unique opportunity in Greater Manchester to make “the healthy choice the easy choice”, improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens through working together.”
She added: “From our work on urban health, we have published over twenty papers showing how important measuring the health and wellbeing of individuals in our cities is vitally important. Compared to our neighbours in Europe, we don’t routinely measure health and wellbeing at a local level.
“Data at city and even ward level masks what is going on in our communities and neighbourhoods. Understanding how we can improve the lives of people especially children, whilst political environments change, is the cornerstone to our research work.”
We are very excited to welcome the Mayor of Greater Manchester, all our speakers and delegates to our event. Vulnerable groups, especially children, need effective policies as are less likely to have a voice and be able to make their own choices. We have a unique opportunity in Greater Manchester to make “the healthy choice the easy choice”, improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens through working together
Other speakers include: Dr Frank Atherton (Chief Medical Officer for Wales), Dr Louise Irvine (Candidate for the National Health Party for SW Surrey), Dr Ian Wilkinson (Chief Medical Officer for Oldham CCG), Professor Dame Sue Bailey (Chair of the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition), Professor Jane South (Professor of Healthy Communities, Leeds Beckett University and PHE) and Dr Kailash Chand (Honorary Vice President of the British Medical Association).
The International Festival of Public Health is organised by the University of Manchester’s Manchester Urban Collaboration on Health in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and is an annual event and in its 6th year. The purpose is to provide a platform for members of the public to interact with researchers, students and professionals working in the Public Health field to share ideas for developing services, research and teaching.
The Festival audience, approximately 300 delegates, are interested in learning more about public health research, teaching and service innovations. The Festival will comprise a series of keynote and project presentations, together with displays of posters and interactive workshops highlighting the excellent work currently underway in the field.