This week I attended a Public Health Workforce review consultation meeting with PHE – there are some interesting changes afoot, and a promising sense of recognition that public health is not just for medically or clinically trained professionals. Much of the discussion was decidedly ‘health promotion’ – talk of empowering people from all walks of life to address health issues. The chief of Berkshire Firefighters gave an impressive talk on how home-fire prevention services can also bring in health promotion. There is also talk of developing a public health skills passport.
There is an online consultation on the future direction of public health workforce – the closing deadline has been extended to Jan 31st -it takes about 15 minutes and has some thought provoking questions. DO have your say: https://surveys.phe.org.uk/PHWorkforceReview
The background document – best to read if first- is at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/fit-for-the-future-a-review-of-the-public-health-workforce
Nice quote from Virginia Mzunzu (Full time Health Promotion student, 2015 entry) of being awarded scholarship to study health promotion. https://staff.brighton.ac.uk/the-hub/Pages/Celebrating-success,-achievement-and-endeavour.aspx
Check out our new article on HIV prevention among Men who have Sex with Men in Japan, building on the European Everywhere Project.
In the UK and Japan, there is concern regarding rising rates of annual new HIV infections among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). Whilst in the UK and Europe, gay businesses are increasingly recognized as being important settings through which to deliver HIV prevention and health promotion interventions to target vulnerable populations; in Japan such settings-based approaches are relatively underdeveloped. This article draws on qualitative data from a recently completed study conducted to explore whether it is feasible, acceptable and desirable to build on the recent European Everywhere project for adaptation and implementation in Japan. A series of expert workshops were conducted in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka with intersectoral representatives from Japanese and UK non-governmental organizations (NGOs), gay businesses, universities and gay communities (n = 46). Further discussion groups and meetings were held with NGO members and researchers from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s Research Group on HIV Prevention Policy, Programme Implementation and Evaluation among MSM (n = 34). The results showed that it is desirable, feasible and acceptable to adapt and implement a Japanese version of Everywhere. Such a practical, policy-relevant, settings-based HIV prevention framework for gay businesses may help to facilitate the necessary scale up of prevention responses among MSM in Japan. Given the high degree of sexual mobility between countries in Asia, there is considerable potential for the Everywhere Project (or its Japanese variant) to be expanded and adapted to other countries within the Asia-Pacific region.
For the full paper, see here: http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/11/11/heapro.dav096.abstract
A new article published in The Conversation, drawing on the Everywhere Project and SIALON II European HIV projects.
The findings of a recently completed project on engaging with young people to inform health improvement commissioning in East Sussex, have now been released. Two versions of the reports are available, one full report and a shorter more accessible summary report designed specifically for the young people who took part. For copies of the report see the link:
ESCC_Accessible Summary_Nov 15
Project web page is here: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/healthresearch/research-projects/health-improvement-commissioning.aspx
Its worth digging down beyond the sugar- tax proposals that are making all the headlines from Public Health England’s sugar evidence review. Here are a few points from the report that are worth chewing over:
- Marketing in all its many forms consistently influences food preference, choice and purchasing in children and adults. End of aisle displays, for example, leads to a 50% increase in purchases of fizzy drinks.
- Food promotions are more widespread in Britain than anywhere else in Europe, accounting for around 40% of all domestic food and drink spending.
- Price promotions increase the amount of food and drink people buy by around one-fifth. These are purchases people would not make without the in-store promotions. They also increase the amount of sugar purchased from higher sugar foods and drinks by 6% overall and influence purchasing by all socioeconomic and demographic groups.
In a bid to increase transparency, Coca-Cola has disclosed spending US$118·6 million in the past 5 years on scientific research and health and wellbeing partnerships.
What are your views on health organisations receiving such funding from the food and drinks industry? A severe conflict of interest or doing something good with ‘dirty’ money?