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the problem with ACEs. A critique of the critique

  People being critical of the ACE framework seems increasingly common. The criticism comes from several perspectives, often well founded. Andy Turner offered a rapid canter through the criticisms in this thread. All valid points. I’m also aware of a prominent criticism from Prof White and others. See here for one of the papers. Again, […]

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The Home Office and a public health approach to knife crime

    Signs are Home Office going to take knife crime via a a PH approach Does this mean we will cut fund for the services that go into it & at the same time largely ignore the root causes of the things that lead to the problem in first place. Quick thoughts   1. Language […]

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Economic anchor institutions. Ideas list

I’ve written a little on anchor institutions before. Firstly following a Health Foundation seminar, secondly following a focused session in Sheffield. Both with Ted Howard Many are interested in inclusive economic growth, and within that the notion of big (mostly public sector) economic anchor institutions. It’s a tricky concept to nail, and many find it […]

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urban futures, planning and health & well being

I did a short stint at the UK & Ireland Planning Research Conference a few weeks ago on the interface between urban futures, planning and health & well being.  slides here. in the end I didn’t use the slides, but they are posted so you can use them if you want points in plenary discussion were […]

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The social determinants of mental illness

Key points from my contribution to a session at PHE 2018 conference on mental health. I use the term mental health advisedly. The session was titled the social determinants of mental illness. I tried to frame it precisely to the question (unusual for me) Slides here My key points were 1. We under invest in […]

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Nanny state or savvy state – A nanny state toolkit

This is a long read. Sorry. Read this as a Toolkit to counter the guff you often hear about the nanny state. 1 introductory thoughts Nothing inflames a debate on what “public health should do / not do” more than a good old ding dong about “the nanny state”. People disparage nanny as “social engineering” […]

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Folk don’t cycle because it’s too hilly

Oft heard myth. It’s wrong. Here’s why Found it Not quite as neat a graph as I’d hoped for but still good one see this report on Govt take on cycle stats. p14 is the business end. key points: ·         No relationship between walking and topography (when looking at extremes of elevation) – slight neg […]

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Why is there a 20 year gap in healthy life expectancy between best and worst in 2018.

In case I need to remind you there is a giant gap in Healthy Life Expectancy. This is most often expressed in geographic terms, it’s equally important to remember the gap expressed in terms of poor outcomes for those with mental illness, a physical or learning disability. This blog from ONS highlighted the stalling population […]

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transport / health ROI toolkit

Transport Economics is a tricky business Car dependency needs addressing. Sitting is the new scourge etc. More and more stakeholders are interested in the health impact of policy and strategy decisions across all government depts, and beyond – so called Health in all Policies. This is true in the transport sector. Folklore says the standard […]

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The economy and a healthy population, a two way relationship

Last week I had to do a flash talk on the links between health & well being and the economy. This was in the context of an event on inclusive growth, following the publication of the 2018 State of Sheffield report. I was taking about the health and well being chapter (that my fabulous team […]