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Belfast Healthy Cities

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Healthy Cities 21st Century

Leadership and Governance for Health


The sixth and final lecture in the Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Series, Leadership and Governance for Health took place on 26 March 2013 at Belfast City Hall.

The series provided a unique opportunity to engage and hear from renowned local speakers as well as from Europe who have shown true leadership in promoting and tackling health inequalities. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate 25 years of Belfast being a World Health Organization Healthy City

Governance for health promotes the joint action of health and non health sectors, of public and private actors and of citizens for a common interest. It requires a convergent set of policies, many of which reside in sectors other than health as well as some which are outside of Government. This collaboration is more urgent than ever during such a period of austerity.

This lecture explored how organisations can take up the challenge and provide clear leadership for health. The event was chaired by Eddie Rooney, CEO, Public Health Agency

Key Points from Lecture 6

Opening Address: Dr Andrew McCormick, Permanent Secretary, DHSSPS. DHSSPS commitment to governance, innovation and leadership

Keynote speaker: Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies: Improving leadership and participatory governance for health

Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization and advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. She has received many awards and served as the Adelaide Thinker in Residence at the invitation of the Premier of South Australia advising Government on Health in all Policies.

Speaker: Dr Jessica Allen, Project Director, Marmot Review, University College London, Institute of Health Equity: Impacts of the economic downturn on health inequalities

Dr Allen is a Deputy Director of the University College London Institute of Health Equity. Her main activities are working to embed a social determinants approach to health inequalities in England and globally. She is co-director of the Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the WHO European Region and was previously Project Director of the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post-2010 (the Marmot Review). Prior to her work at UCL she was Head of Health and Social Care at IPPR, research fellow in public health at the Kings Fund, and worked at Unicef and LSE.