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The Public Health Directorate of Hertfordshire County Council is arranging a conference on 22nd February 2017.

The event aims to bring together elected members, public health and environmental health professionals and partner organisations to share best practice.

Click here to access the 2017 Conference Storify

Agenda – click on topic titles to download copies of slides

Wednesday 22 February 2017
09.00 Registration and coffee
09.30 Chair’s welcome & launch of consultation of PH Strategy 2017- 2020 Cllr T Heritage Executive Member Public Health, Localism & Libraries
09.50 Keynote one Professor Theresa Marteau Topic: Behaviour Change By Design
10.30 Keynote two Professor Eugene Milne Topic: Improving health within increasingly challenging financial constraints
11:10 Coffee & exhibition
11.30 Parallel sessions
  Theme 1: Planning for Healthy Communities Theme 2: Movement for Wellbeing Theme 3: Mental Heath
  Chair: Bethan Clemence Chair: Piers Simey Chair: Michelle Constable

Topic 1: Theory – where we’ve come from

Speaker: Dr Susan Parham, UoH

Topic 1: ‘Dance for Parkinsons disease’

Speaker: Dr Peter Lovatt

Topic 1: Empowering women and providers: domestic violence and mental health

Speaker: Professor Shula Ramon


Topic 2: Practice – what we’re doing now

Speaker: Anthony Downs, Gascoyne-Cecil Estate

Topic 2: Practical – Dance for Parkinson’s

Speaker: Meryl Kiddier

Topic 2: Domestic violence and mental health

Speaker: Mari Edwards, Service Manager Hertfordshire IDVA service, Refuge

12.30 Networking lunch and exhibition
13.30 Keynote three Professor Wendy Wills Topic: Whole systems approaches in public health practice
14.10 Excellence in Public Health Awards
14.30 Coffee – served in breakout rooms
14.45 Parallel sessions
  Theme 4: Food/Nutrition Theme 5: Older People Theme 6: Children & Young People
  Chair: Maneka Kandola Chair: Elizabeth Elliott Chair: Sue Beck

Topic 1: Food lives of older people, understanding pathways to resilience and vulnerability

Speaker: Dr Angela Dickinson

Topic 1: Promoting inclusion, access and independence for people living with dementia

Speaker: Professor Claire Goodman

Topic 1: Girls Active – ‘Engaging the disengaged’

Speaker: Catherine Tighe, Development Manager, Youth Sports Trust


Topic 2: Measurable improvements in people’s health through nutrition and wellbeing

Speaker: Sarah Wren,
Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

Topic 2: Promoting inclusion, access and independence for people living with dementia

Speaker: Jan Gough,
Chief Executive , Age UK Hertfordshire

Topic 2: Making lasting change in weight management

Speaker: Stuart King, CEO and Head of Distraction. Helen Mayhew, Director of Operations, BeeZee Bodies

15:45 Jim McManus ‘Vision for the future’ & closing comments
16.15 Close


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Keynote Speakers   Event

Professor Theresa Marteau,
Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit,
University of Cambridge

Professor Eugene Milne,
Director for Adult and Older Adult Health and Wellbeing,
Public Health England

Professor Wendy Wills,
Professor of Food and Public Health and Chair of the Hertfordshire public health liaison group,
University of Hertfordshire

Session themes:

- Environment and planning
- Physical Activity
- Mental Heath
- Food/Nutrition
- Older People
- Children

This event is free for all relevant professionals working in Hertfordshire, whether statutory, private or voluntary sector, places are limited so registration is essential.

Wednesday 22nd February 2017. 9.00am to 4.30pm

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Robertson House, 6 Six Hills Way, Stevenage SG1 2FQ