Due to the huge amounts of positive feedback received during and post the HiAP 2018 - A Strategy for Improving Population Health conference which took place on February 6th this year, from both our speakers, delegates and partners..
And taking into account the fact that 97% of the delegation rated the conference as good or excellent, Govconnect are proud to announce HiAP 2019 - Delivering Health Equity, Tackling Inequalities.
So many fantastic topics and strategies pertinent to the improvement of population health were presented and debated at the historic inaugural HiAP 2018 conference at the Royal Society of Medicine.
The equal distribution of fundamental human rights, social Justice, and improved public health outcomes for all took centre stage. Examples of combined authorities working together to create their own respective blueprints for population health improvements and place based approaches and so much more being covered.
The overall consensus was that irrespective of the setting, geography, or whom the responsible delivery agents may be. The principles of a HIAP approach were something that should be embedded in every organisation represented on the day.
Delegates left with a sense of natural urgency to utilise the learning they had accessed in order to improve public health outcomes and the population health of their respective localities and communities.
Health in All Policies 2019: Delivering Health Equity, Tackling Inequalities will seek to maintain this positive momentum and identify the progress made throughout the course of 2018/19, whilst providing continuous insight during the lead up to the 1st May 2019 on a range of approaches and solutions.
For those who were not in attendance or aware, Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to avoid causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity.
It is now over four years since councils took on responsibility for public health and health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) took on their statutory role.
Having secured a safe transition, they are now moving into a phase of transformational change. Success will depend on getting healthy policies embedded in all aspects of what a council and its partners do or, put simply, the extent to which councils become genuine public health councils.
HWBs will continue to play a crucial role in building constructive relationships between departments, the NHS, local government and partners, including the voluntary sector, communities and other bodies. The HWBs’ ability to bring the right people together in order to have coherent conversations which lead to decisions and action across the determinants will be crucial..
Providing a common way of analysing the health impact of the range of council functions and a common commitment to maximising the positive health impact of all of these functions, exercising them in a way that will reduce inequalities. It is important that this approach is led by the most senior elected and executive council members through to all lower level personnel across the whole of the organisational activities and our conference is therefore applicable for a range of organisations and individuals to attend.
The idea of looking at the health impact of the whole of a council’s functions is not new – indeed it was one of the drivers for the development of local government in this country. But a systematic, evidence- based approach to HiAP does mean, for some councils, a review of the way they do business, and the development of new collective approaches towards shared ambitions. Many examples of this approach will be showcased on the day with a dedicated session seeking to showcase early adopters policy and implementation.
The HiAP 2019 conference will serve to provide help for local authority and NHS decision makers, sharing insight on how best to collate evidence, identify impacts, take action and prioritise interventions. It will provide all delegates with a number of pre conference toolkits and practical solutions which can help them deliver immediate steps towards rebalancing the many societal and health related challenges they may face.
It will focus on the transference of best practice methodology in order to create common understandings of health and health inequalities across councils, NHS settings and community care.
The pre conference process for HIAP 2019 seeks to encourage all interested parties to submit information and case studies for consideration. With certain case study submissions then being included in the sessions. Irrespective of selection all submitted content will be shared via our resource library in order to assist in the promotion of knowledge transfer across both our delegation and wider online community of health and local government professionals.
All previous attendees will recognise the value of participation in this unique conference, if you were not present in 2018 this is an essential date in your diary for 2019 to join us in becoming part of a whole system approach to improving population health.