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Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Lecture Series Concludes with Keynote Speaker Ilona Kicksbusch - March 2013

25th Anniversary Lecture Series

The sixth and final lecture in the Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Series, Governance and Leadership 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.

The final lecture featured:

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

Ilona Kickbusch Presentation

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.

Jessica Allen Presentation

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.

Reflecting on the series, Belfast Healthy Cities' CEO, Joan Devlin said:
“There are lessons we can learn from across Europe and around the world where health equity is a priority and the health implications of all policies are taken on board. We are honoured to have IlonaKickbusch and Jessica Allen with us and their experience has a direct resonance locally. This series of lectures, which began last year has been very fruitful and is an appropriate way to mark the 25th anniversary of Belfast Healthy Cities.Our aim is to improve health equity and wellbeing for people living and working in Belfast and learning from our international partners is an important element of our work.

Download the 25th Anniversary Lecture Series PDF

Notes and presentations from all lectures can be accessed below.


Lectures in Series

Thursday 25 October 2012: Health Inequalities, New Policies for a New Era

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 1

Thursday 8 November 2012: Creating Resilient Communities and Supportive Environments

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 2

Wednesday 12 December 2012: Investing in Children and Young People pays Dividends

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 3

Tuesday 15 January 2013: Planning and Regeneration, Sustainable and Healthy

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 4

Thursday 14 February 2013: A Life Course Approach: Healthy and Active Ageing

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 5

Tuesday 26 March 2013: Leadership and Governance for Health

Key Points
Presentations from Lecture 6

The lecture series was supported by Public Health Agency.