Background to a New Politics for Health

In 1986, as part of its drive towards Health for All by the Year 2000, the World Health Organisation sponsored an international conference on health promotion in Ottawa, Canada. Representatives from forty countries pledged themselves to a bold strategy to achieve health for all by moving into the arena of public policy and political commitment to health promotion (the Ottawa Charter). Thirty years later, progress has been slow. PoHG and its partners want to learn the reasons for this, and define actions that can be taken to improve progress. We will do this by bringing together interested parties in an innovative, participatory and action-oriented conference.

Why is this work needed?







Before the conference, participants will be encouraged to participate in a number of lead-in regional seminars on the five themes of the Ottawa Charter: We anticipate the seminars will result in position papers, case studies and good practice examples that will stimulate thought and discussion To maximize dialogue and interaction at the conference we will use a workshop format to bring together public health practitioners, academics and lay people to contribute stories and ideas. Expert speakers will set the scene at the start of the event, and review progress at its conclusion. Experienced facilitators and scribes will support the workshop sessions.

Anticipated Outputs

Anticipated Outcomes

Why this conference will be different

Our partnership

Birmingham City University (BCU) has a long history of providing practitioner education in Health Promotion and Public Health. The Public Health team within BCU has a strong reputation for its focus on the complex, dynamic nature of health, and the way that it is determined and influenced by social, economic and political factors. This approach underpins our courses (undergraduate and postgraduate), research and consultancy activities. BCU welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with PoHG and The Equality Trust in driving forward this agenda.

The Equality Trust is a charitable organisation that works to improve the quality of life in the UK by campaigning to reduce economic inequality. UK income inequality is among the highest in the developed world and evidence shows that this has negative health and social consequences for all sectors of society from the richest to the poorest.

Thirty years is too long to wait. Please, join us.