Public Health research in the spotlight at UWE

Issue date: 21 April 2006

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Healthy communities – convergence of the Public Health and Sustainability Agendas?
Wednesday 26 April 2006

Public Health research at the University of the West of England will be celebrated at a special event entitled 'Healthy Communities' at UWE's Frenchay Campus on 26 April 2006. The event will concentrate on how public health relates to the sustainability agenda and speakers from three Faculties will explore a range of dilemmas in public health with regional and national colleagues.

The event will showcase the increasing range of public health research undertaken by academics at UWE in the Faculties of Health and Social Care, Applied Sciences and the Built Environment. Judy Orme, Reader in Public Health in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at UWE, said, “This event brings together academics from different parts of the university whose work areas embrace a common theme. We all work to improve our communities in different ways and this 'Healthy Communities' event aims to expand awareness of the extent and breadth of expertise across the three Faculties.”

The opening presentations will be given by Professor David Hunter, chair of the UK Public Health Association and Professor Gabriel Scally, South West Regional Director of Public Health. These will be followed by UWE academics who will shed light on projects currently taking place in the public health arena in subjects including health, governance and neighbourhoods, regeneration, urban planning, community participation, environmental health, arts and health, workplace health, children and young people including childhood accidental injury.

Professor Marilyn Taylor will give an overview of health, governance, regeneration and neighbourhoods work at UWE and Hilary Kitchin, Policy Officer from the Local Government Information Unit will talk about the Well-being powers of Local Authorities.

Professor Jim Longhurst will review the UK Local Air Quality Management Framework. Professor Elizabeth Towner will look at how childhood injuries can be reduced and the role the environment plays.

The talks will be followed by workshops focussing on the above dilemmas and including 'Binge drinking in young women', 'Health trainers: improving health', 'Healthy Urban Planning', 'Specialist public health nurses: realising the potential', 'Community Participation and Public Health' and 'Creating a Healthy Workplace'.
More than 40 research posters outlining a further range of UWE public health related projects will be on display on the day.
For details contact Emma Griffin on 0117 32 88788 e-mail:

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