London Met hosts global public health conference and knowledge exchange

Experts from all around the world will come together at London Met to discuss and share ideas.

Date: 20 October 2016

Global public health experts will come together on 25 November in the Great Hall at London Met’s Holloway campus to discuss public health challenges within primary care settings and how work with communities can be used to overcome these challenges.

The day-long conference will feature presentations and commentaries by experts from South Africa, Colombia, Chile as well as the UK. Experts from LSE, UCL and Kings College London will also be in attendance.

The knowledge exchange event has been organised by Dr Rochelle Burgess, BSc Health and Community Development course leader and BSc Health and Social Care lecturer. It is funded as part of her early career research grant from the Richard Benjamin Trust.

“Globally we are facing challenges in balancing increased health needs, with reduced resources for health services and systems. Now more than ever we need to think of innovative ways to utilise the strength of communities as part of the public health process,” said Rochelle.

“But, we also need to provide spaces to think through the challenges of doing this, and how to put research into action. That is why the event places an emphasis on creating opportunities to think critically on how new ideas can be put into everyday practice in primary health care settings and communities.”

The event will cover three broad areas of interest; gender, sexualities and health; poverty and inequality; mental health and well-being.

Tickets are free but must be booked on the Eventbrite page before 28 October. Places are open to practitioners, researchers, members from non-governmental organisations, a limited number of senior students and anyone with an interest in global public health.