Glasgow has been officially named as the host of the City Health 2013 conference.

City Health 2013 will take place at The Science Centre in Glasgow, Scotland November 4-5 and is expected to attract some 300 delegates and a range of national and international experts working in urban public health.

The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the inaugural City Health 2012 conference taking place at the Guildhall in London.

“We are delighted that such  a promising and vital event is coming to Glasgow  in 2013,” said Martin Cawley, CEO of  Turning Point Scotland, co-organiser of  the 2013 event with Knowledge-Action-Change (KAC) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO).

“So many of the public health practitioners working around drugs, alcohol, sexual health and urban planning in Glasgow and Scotland are crying out for a forum of this kind to move forward debate on how best cities can integrate policy making and  the delivery of services more effectively. Glasgow is, for many reasons, the perfect place for that debate to happen.”

Martin Sime, Chief Executive of  SCVO, said:

“We’re really looking forward to working with our partners in bringing together a first class event, including the innovative contribution which voluntary organisations in Glasgow and elsewhere make to public health.”

Professor Gerry Stimson, Director of Knowledge-Action-Change, said that the positive response to City Health 2012 over the past two days affirmed the need and desire amongst delegates to shift the public health debate.

“City Health 2012 has been a huge success not least because it has touched a nerve with public health practitioners working in vastly different fields,” said Stimson. “I believe that we have   successfully anticipated that amidst  the  turn in  direction  of  the new Public Health England, people would be  keen to come together  to explore how public health delivery can  be integrated at a more local level.”
Some 220 delegates attended the inaugural City Health 2012 conference in London this week. The conference was opened with a keynote speech by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive Designate of Public Health England, and was closed by a key note address from David Wilson, Global AIDS Program Director at the World Bank.

City Health 2012 was jointly organised by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum, Knowledge-Action-Change and Esprit de Bois.

About the City 2012 organisers:

London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum
The London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum was established in 1991 to help support local areas and promote best practice across London.  It is hosted and funded by the City of London Corporation as part of its commitment to the wellbeing of the capital and the wider nation.  The LDAPF has a strong track record in influencing policy and developing innovative resources.

City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is an elected entity which supports and promotes the City as the world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. The City of London Corporation works in partnership with neighbouring boroughs on the regeneration of surrounding areas and the City of London Corporation’s charity, the City Bridge Trust, makes grants of more than £15 million annually to charitable projects in London. Among other services provided by the City of London Corporation are: the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; the Guildhall Library and Art Gallery and London Metropolitan Archive; three independent schools and three City Academies; five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and the Millennium Bridge); the Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey; over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest); three wholesale food markets;  London’s Port Health Authority and the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. As part of its remit for financial services, it is committed to helping London develop as a global centre for social investment, working closely with financial institutions, pioneers, partners and professionals and overcoming barriers to wider engagement.

Knowledge-Action-Change is an independent organisation committed to the development and promotion of evidence-based policies and interventions in the field of substance use and related areas of public health and public policy. The organisational ethos is to link knowledge transfer and organisational development to achieve impact at relevant organisational, community, national and international levels. We offer a wide range of integrated services which help facilitate change, from initial assessment, though to implementation, advocacy, communication, assessment and evaluation.

Esprit de Bois
Esprit de Bois Services works with a range of partners on developing events and conferences. Directors Teresa Williams and Andy Stonard have three decades of experience working in the drug and alcohol treatment and policy field in the UK and as onsite partners at major global health events and conferences.