Improving health in urban communities

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More than half of the world lives in urban settlements, and the number is expected to grow to 60 per cent by 2030. Yet, it is not widely understood how living in cities affects our health. 

On 6 June, join The King’s Fund and independent health foundation, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, to explore the complex and dynamic reality of urban space and how it impacts on our health.

Sign up today to hear best practice examples from a line-up of UK and international speakers, including top policy-makers and decision-makers, and to share learning with delegates from across the UK. 

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What will you learn?

Join us and learn about:

  • place-based working in neighbourhoods and how effective leadership changes the health landscape
  • how to tackle health inequalities in your community 
  • how to strengthen resilience and enhance health-protective factors
  • the business and third sector as key influencers in urban health
  • how data and digital technology can be used to plan and provide healthcare for urban populations.

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This event is being held in partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.



Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Email Chris Lazenby or call him on 020 7307 2490 to discuss the opportunities available. 


Speakers include


Liz Gaulton

Director of Public Health, Coventry City Council


Paul Lindley

Chair, London Child Obesity Taskforce


Karen den Hertog

Programme Manager, Amsterdam Healthy Weight


Dr Brandy Kelly Pryor

Senior Director of Programmes, Humana Foundation


Dr Vikesh Sharma

GP and Project Founder, Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership


Jonathan Pauling

Chief Executive, Alexandra Rose Charity


Radhika Bynon,

Director of Programmes, The Young Foundation


Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE

Chair, Black Thrive Lambeth


Mike Bell

Chairman, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust



Registration opens, exhibition and refreshments


Session one: opening plenary

10.00amWelcome and introduction

Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

10.10amLondon’s commitment to population health: the view from the Mayor’s office

Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor, Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

10.25amBuilding a culture of health

Alonzo Plough, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Hear about the pioneering work of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in the United States.
  • Hear about their framework for action that aspires to change the trajectory of health in the United States.

10.40amPlace-making and investing in hope

Dr Brandy Kelly Pryor, Senior Director of Programmes, Humana Foundation
  • Hear about the importance of place and partnerships in creating hope, and how the Humana Foundation in the United States is investing in a new mission of co-creating communities where leadership, culture and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes.


10.55amQuestions and discussion


Breakout A: Tackling health inequalities

Delegates can choose between breakouts A, B and C. 

11.45amWelcome and introduction

Jon Siddall, Director of Funding, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity

11.50amCoventry’s work on health inequalities

Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health, Coventry City Council
  • Hear how Coventry City Council has worked with the Institute of Health Equity to implement the recommendations of the Marmot Review.

12.05pmThe dual aim of Rose Vouchers: creating health in Southwark neighbourhoods

Jonathan Pauling, Chief Executive, Alexandra Rose Charity
  • Hear how families on low incomes are supported to adopt healthy eating habits.
  • Learn how a combination of training and fruit and vegetable vouchers is helping to combat food poverty

12.20pmBuilding capacity to tackle health inequities in the community

Dr Brandy Kelly Pryor, Senior Director of Programmes, Humana Foundation

12.30pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout B: Strengthening resilience and protective factors

11.45amWelcome and introduction

Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE, Chair, Black Thrive Lambeth

11.50amResilience in practice

Sonya Scott, Consultant in Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Gain practical insights from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde on building an empowered, resilient population.

12.05pmDevolution in practice

Giles Wilmore, Associate Lead, People and Communities, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Hear about the role of asset-based working in the Greater Manchester area: bringing people and communities together to inspire change.

12.20pmSolving issues on the ground: addressing the social determinants

Dr Vikesh Sharma, GP and Project Founder,Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership
  • Hear how primary care and community organisations are working together through the Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership and testing new ideas to promote household health and wellbeing locally.

12.35pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout C: Place-based working in neighborhoods and communities

11.45amWelcome and introduction

Ethan Williams, Research Assistant, The King’s Fund

11.50amDriving change in Tower Hamlets

Radhika Bynon, Director of Programmes, The Young Foundation
  • Hear about The Young Foundation’s approach to helping residents develop their own ideas about what makes them healthy and happy.

12.00pmCollaborative place-making

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte, Executive Director, Foundation for Future London
  • Hear about the Foundation for Future London’s work to enhance and improve wellbeing through partnerships, as well as social and inclusive design of public spaces.

12.40pmQuestions and discussion


Breakout D: Leadership for population health

Delegates can choose between breakouts D, E and F. 

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Dr Layla McCay, Director of International Relations, NHS Confederation

2.05pmThe health in all policies approach

Greg Fell, Direct of Public Health, Sheffield City Council
  • Learn how to best work with local government to ensure that public health provisions remain at the heart of policy making.

2.25pmNHS leadership in delivering population health

Mike Bell, Chairman, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Hear about the role the NHS can play in planning and delivering services that promote population health.

2.45pmQuestions and discussion

Breakout E: Business and third sector as key influencers in urban health

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

Kevin Fenton, Senior Advisor, Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

2.05pmLondon’s Child Obesity Taskforce

Paul Lindley, Chair, London Child Obesity Taskforce
  • Hear about the role of businesses and the third sector in reducing the gap in childhood obesity between the richest and poorest areas of London.

2.25pmConsumer Goods Forum

Peter Freedman, Managing Director, The Consumer Goods Forum
  • Hear about the health and wellness initiative from the Consumer Goods Forum that empowers consumers across the globe.


Breakout F: Using data and digital technologies

2.00pmWelcome and introduction

2.05pmGlobal digital solutions to diabetes and mental health issues

Nawal Roy, CEO, Holmusk
  • Hear about how technology from Asia has supported clinical research from the United Kingdom and the United States.

Additional speaker to be confirmed shortly.

2.15pmThe Thriving Communities Index

  • Hear about a new tool based on theory of change, designed to give an understanding of community assets and demand.
  • Learn how data helps equip residents with the right physical and cultural assets required for a full life.

Rachel Dyson, Thriving Communities Hub Lead, Oldham Council
Pete Pawson, Principal Consultant, Unity Partnership

2.25pmData-driven impact

Rob Parker, Head of Data Analytics, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
  • Hear how Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity use data to layer up several interventions within a small geography and target resources to tackle health challenges affecting people in urban, diverse and low-income areas from different angles.

2.35pmInternational comparisons: can data sharing translate into replicable interventions?

  • Hear how Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity are working in similar communities facing similar health challenges.
  • Learn about their joint initiative to compare data from the United Kingdom and the United States to identify appropriate interventions for multiple long-term conditions in their respective places.

Sandeep Kishore, Founding Director, Chronic Disease Action Center
Erica Levine, Acting Director, Chronic Disease Action Center Arnhold Institute for Global Health, New York  

2.45pmQuestions and discussion


Closing plenary

3.20pmWelcome back

Chris Naylor, Senior Policy Fellow, The King’s Fund

3.25pmFinding hope in the city

Kenneth Thompson, Associate Professor of Public Health Psychiatry and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Hear about the challenge of building a healthy human habitat in Pittsburgh, US. 
  • Hear how health can be both a mediator for and an outcome of the interaction of people with their urban environment.

3.45pmThe Amsterdam approach to healthy weight

Karen den Hertog, Programme Manager, Amsterdam Healthy Weight
  • Hear about Amsterdam’s pioneering work to reduce childhood obesity.
  • Learn about the value of taking a long-term approach that reaches in to every aspect of the child’s life.

4.05pmTackling race and mental health inequalities

Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE, Chair, Black Thrive Lambeth
  • Hear about the realities of centering the views and experiences of communities when addressing systemic challenges. 
  • Gain insight into how a collective impact approach can create health equity for all.

4.30pmQuestions and discussion

4.45pmClose of conference


Are you interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this event? Email Chris Lazenby or call him on 020 7307 2490 to discuss the opportunities available.





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