TO BE PUBLISHED November 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the priorities for developing healthy communities in England.
It is bringing together policymakers with stakeholders in local authorities, public health and the housing and infrastructure sectors.
Areas for discussion include the way forward for:
- Promoting health in planning, design and improving the quality of homes;
- Reacting to COVID-19, including:
- supporting those in low quality housing,
- adapting local plans,
- supporting delivery of local services, and
- ensuring vulnerable groups are looked after and able to access vital services.
- Integrating and innovating services across health, housing and social care; and
- Improving prevention and public health - both as a reaction to COVID-19 and more widely.
- Improving health and wellbeing through the built environment;
- Case studies from the Healthy New Towns programme demonstrator sites:
- Supporting partnership working across sectors; and
- Promoting prevention and improving public health.
- Promoting healthy communities during the COVID-19 pandemic - managing lockdown and ensuring people are able to access vital services
- Planning and designing healthy places - accessibility, developing standards, adapting existing buildings, and supporting those in lower quality housing during COVID-19;
- Approaches to creating healthy local food environments, supporting businesses through COVID-19, and engaging with communities;
- Supporting local delivery and local providers - funding, identifying at risk groups and those with underlying conditions, and integrating services across housing, health and care; and
- The future for developing healthy places, reacting to changing use patterns and need during COVID-19, and next steps for policy.
Why this is relevant now - the context:
It takes place against the backdrop of the unprecedented challenges from the coronavirus pandemic and with a range of policy developments taking place:
- Recent publication of Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On with its focus on:
- reducing levels of deprivation within communities, and the variation experienced around the country,
- improving air quality and lowering the risks of air pollution in communities,
- tackling unhealthy high streets, and addressing the link between deprived areas and unhealthy built environments,
- encouraging active travel and providing accessible transport and services, and
- alleviating poor quality housing and associated increased health inequalities.
- A number of relevant action plans released as a response to COVID-19 including in the areas of:
- The parliamentary The Health of the Nation: A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives report - which looks at how to meet the Government’s ambition of five extra years of healthy life;
- The revised National Planning Policy Framework, arguing that planning policies and decisions should promote healthy and inclusive places;
- NHS England’s Putting Health into Place, which explored opportunities and learning from NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme;
- Commitments within the NHS Long Term Plan to develop a Healthy New Towns Quality Standard incentivising health and wellbeing promotion; and
- Measures within the Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s green paper including updating buildings to prevent ill-health, as well as steps for improving air quality.
Policy officials attending
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
We expect this to be no different. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of public policy, healthcare organisations and professionals, nutritionists, local authorities and community bodies, housing and other infrastructure providers along with their advisors and partners, planners, retail and marketing representatives, stakeholders in the food sector and the education system, academics and commentators, patient and parents representatives, charities and advocacy groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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