People, Places and Health

People, Places and Health

‘People, Places and Health’

Sheffield Hilton, Sheffield

19th September 2016

9:30am to 4:00pm

Minding the Gap is delighted to present the fourth of a series of events which will re-visit the six policy objectives highlighted in The Marmot Review – Fair Society, Healthy Lives. We have chosen ‘Create and develop healthy and sustainable placesand communities’ as the core topic. If we are to build healthier and more sustainable communitieswe need to invest in our communities differently. One sector alone cannot bring forth the new urban vision. Joined-up, respectful and integrative ways of working are the way forward. Cross-sector partnerships and interdisciplinary thinking are vital to the success of cities.Fortunately, Minding the Gap has been able to attract a number of organisations that are working, and continue to work, and have an influence on this policy areain order to help us to formulate a more informed approach.

Health inequalities cannot be solved exclusively by public health because many of the determinants of urban health (sanitation, education, transport, housing etc.) are the responsibility of other departments. Collaboration between health professionals and those working in other departments, sectors or disciplines - urban planners, developers, architects, housing authorities, educators, welfare workers – is a hallmark of good community-wide planning.Additionally, communities are important for both physical and mental health and well-being. The physical and social characteristics of communities, and the degree to which they enable and promote healthy behaviours, all make a contribution to reducing social inequalities in health.

The conference will explore population-level approaches to the promotion of active living by evaluating the effects of environmental and policy interventions and understanding related patterns and mechanisms of behaviour change. The underlying causes of health inequity need to be understood, and evidence is needed on what types of intervention work best to reduce the problem.Implications for health and health equity need to be routinely considered in policy-making and practice.

This conference will help inform policy-makers and advisors, examine the exposure to unhealthy environments and how this may impact on communities and the need to consider these potentially unhealthy areas more holistically.

Speakers include:

Keynote Speaker:

  • David Buck, (Kings Fund),author of ‘Gardens and Health - Implications for policy and practice’
  • Professor Tim Townshend, (Newcastle University, Urban Design for Health),author of ‘Toxic high streets’
  • Dr David Ogilvie (University of Cambridge) co-author of ‘Impact of new transport infrastructure on walking, cycling and physical activity’

The conference will also offer an opportunity to discuss how policy is made and how initiatives around community health planning and the built environment are commissioned.

Who should attend the conference?

The conference has been designed to help support, Elected Members, Chief Executives, DsPH, DsCS, DsASS, members of Health and Wellbeing Boards, Local Authority Regeneration and Local Authority Managers and Officers (planners, education, transport, housing etc.) along with CCGs and other health professionals, colleagues from the voluntary and community sector and Local Enterprise Partnerships, Chambers of Commerce.

Costs and booking

This event is free to delegates from partner organisations from Yorkshire & Humber and representatives of local voluntary sector organisations. However, we reserve the right to impose a charge of £30 where delegates do not attend and have not informed us of a cancellation. To book a place, please complete the attached booking form and return to:


Please complete one form per delegate.

Please return to: Ian Copley, Minding the Gap, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

Tel: 01924 305632


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Facilities requested (please tick as appropriate):

Vegetarian diet / Vegan diet / Large print
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  • This event is free. However,we reserve the right to impose a charge of £30 where delegates do not attend and have not informed us of a cancellation. Delegates are welcome to send a substitute if they find they are unable to attend
  • For further information contact; Ian Copley (Minding the Gap)