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Public Policy and Health

Previous Events

Ambiguous Capture: Collaboratory capitalism in global vaccine initiatives by Dr Janice Graham

18th March 2014, 12:30 to 14:30, Tees Suite, Wolfson Research Institute, Dr Janice Graham
 
Professor Ted Schrecker is delighted to welcome Dr Graham to deliver an Optimising Population Health themed lecture entitled Ambiguous Capture: Collaboratory capitalism in global vaccine initiatives.
 
Abstract

Vaccines save human lives; they cure before there is disease; they care preventatively, invisibly and effectively. Expanded vaccination coverage is among the major achievements of public health, embodying a caring society, a state where ensuring future life as such matters. Wrapped in ethics and economics, in languages and understandings steeped in location, migrations, hegemonies of class, religion, gender, in the epidemiology, technology and science of assays, surveillance and serums, vaccines are often sold as single fix success narratives to national and international public health consortia.

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Health Rights in (against?) the Global Marketplace by Professor Ted Schrecker

Thursday, 13th March 2014, 09:00 – 10:00 am, Durham; South End House SE016 (ground floor)

Over the past few decades, reorganisation of production and finance across multiple national borders has been accompanied, and often driven, by restructuring of social relationships around the primacy of the market. The consequences have been described by the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique as an ‘inequality machine [that] is reshaping the planet’. That reshaping redistributes opportunities to lead a healthy life (the social determinants of health), and at the same time affects the prospects of political coalitions in support of reducing health disparities. Against this background, the human rights frame of reference is especially valuable as a direct challenge to neoliberal orthodoxy, grounded in the generic commitment to what historical sociologist Margaret Somers has called ‘the right to have rights’ independent of the market.


Inaugural Lecture: Rediscovering Virchow, revisiting Brecht: Health politics for a new Gilded Age

Friday 7th March 2014, Holliday Building, Queens Campus, Durham University, Professor Ted Schrecker

Rediscovering Virchow, revisiting Brecht: Health politics for a new Gilded Age

The editor of Le Monde Diplomatique recently wrote that “[t]he inequality machine is reshaping the whole planet.” This is the background against which prospects for reducing health disparities through public policy must be assessed; it presents formidable challenges, not least because in many contexts state policies are either accelerating the inequality machine or magnifying its effects. WHO’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health directed attention to the moral imperative of overcoming those challenges, but doing so will require re-engaging with older, explicitly political understandings of public health and social policy.

A drinks reception will follow the lecture.

The lecture will begin at 5.15 pm prompt.

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The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea" by Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

Wednesday 26th February 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea"

Professor Alex Scott-Samuel's title reflects Gandhi's comment when asked what he thought of Western civilisation: "I think it /would//be a //good idea"./Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 we no longer have a national health service in England; Alex will discuss how this has come about and how a future government could deal with the present situation. Alex will set his discussion in the context of my view that health sciences are substantially disadvantaged by the absence of a discipline of health politics.

To view Professor Alex Scott-Samuel's presentation click here.


Durham CELLS seminar: 'A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy'

29th January 2014, 16:00 to 17:00, Pennington Room, Professor Ted Schrecker

This Durham CELLS seminar will be given by Ted Schrecker who is Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University. Professor Schrecker is also an adjunct professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. 

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Book Launch - Partnership Working in Public Health by Professor David Hunter and Neil Perkins

Tuesday 28 January 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The UK government’s reforms of the NHS and public health system require partnerships if they are to succeed. Those partnerships concerned with public health are especially important and are deemed to be a ’good thing’ which add, rather than consume, value. Yet the significant emphasis on partnership working to secure effective policy and service delivery exists despite the evidence testifying to how difficult it is to make partnerships work or achieve results.

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Who influences policy and why? Understanding strategies to control the policy process by Kathryn Oliver

29th October 2013, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

Kathryn Oliver will present the findings from a study of public health policy makers and evidence producers and how they went about influencing policy. The study sought to understand how policy is influenced and what strategies are employed by those involved in the policy process. These were then compared with knowledge brokerage frameworks. Knowledge brokerage is promoted as a way for researchers to influence policy and practice. It can be approached analytically as a collection of activities or strategies used by individuals to influence policy. The study found that although knowledge brokerage activities were used, influential individuals were often more important than the content of the message. While policy is influenced by a range of knowledge brokerage activities, characteristics of the ‘messenger’ were more important than the ‘message’. This paper presents a novel approach to, and sheds new light on, understanding the importance of knowledge brokerage activities and their influence on policy. It suggests researchers are unlikely to influence policy using traditional knowledge brokerage activities.  

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North Yorkshire Wider Partnerships Conference

This year's conference was held on Friday 22 November 2013 with a theme of 'Public health in North Yorkshire - Creating a whole-county approach to reducing health inequalities'. The conference featured presentations from:

  • Dr. Lincoln Sargeant (Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire)
  • Dr. Stephen Morton (Centre Director, Yorkshire and the Humber, for Public Health England)
  • Professor David Hunter (Health Policy and Management, Durham University)

Consultation on refresh of North Yorkshire Community Plan

Local Government North Yorkshire and York and the Chief Executives Group for North Yorkshire and York are currently leading a piece of work to refresh the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2011/14.

The purpose of the plan is to set out the key issues and actions that need to be tackled in partnership across North Yorkshire. We need to review the current plan to make sure that our vision, objectives and action plan are the right ones to help make sure that the county is well placed to respond to both the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us in the next few years. To this end, we have produced a draft refreshed version of the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2014/17 on which we would now be grateful for partners' comments.


Thursday 27 February 2014

The politics of health in England - 'a National Health Service would be a good idea' by Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus, Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

Wednesday 26th February 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea"

Professor Alex Scott-Samuel's title reflects Gandhi's comment when asked what he thought of Western civilisation: "I think it /would//be a //good idea"./Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 we no longer have a national health service in England; Alex will discuss how this has come about and how a future government could deal with the present situation. Alex will set his discussion in the context of my view that health sciences are substantially disadvantaged by the absence of a discipline of health politics.


Wednesday 26 February 2014

The politics of health in England - 'a National Health Service would be a good idea' by Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus, Professor Alex Scott-Samuel

Wednesday 26th February 2014, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queens Campus

The politics of health in England - "a National Health Service would be a good idea"

Professor Alex Scott-Samuel's title reflects Gandhi's comment when asked what he thought of Western civilisation: "I think it /would//be a //good idea"./Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012 we no longer have a national health service in England; Alex will discuss how this has come about and how a future government could deal with the present situation. Alex will set his discussion in the context of my view that health sciences are substantially disadvantaged by the absence of a discipline of health politics.


Thursday 16 January 2014

Putting the public back into public health

10:15am to 4:30pm, Leeds Metropolitan University

<span >A conference for public health commissioners, CCGs, councillors, academics, citizens and organisations engaged in promoting health to debate what counts as evidence, what sort of evidence different partners want, and what we need to do to gain greater recognition for voice evidence.


Friday 20 September 2013

'The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills' by Dr David Stuckler

Until 3:00pm, Tees Suite, GP Training Wing, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Dr David Stuckler

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy and Health are pleased to host a guest lecture by Dr David Stuckler who will talk about his new book release "The Body Economic: Why Austerity Kills".


Friday 1 February 2013

A Safe Space for Engagement: Stories from the NICE front line

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Durham University, Sir Andrew Dillon, CEO, NICE

Wolfson Guest Lecture in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy and Health

Determining the value of health interventions involves exercising scientific and social value judgements about the relevance and significance of the evidence for their use.