In the Service of the Health of All
Far too often, the conversations we have in response to the stated ambitions to integrate and transform our services tend to focus on the interface between the NHS and social care provision. And these discussions can sometimes feel constrained by unspoken concerns about what might be lost locally in order to make that wider gain.
This event invites everyone with an interest in – and a commitment to – making real progress in this area to come together. We will be challenged to expand our thinking about system working beyond the boundaries within which we tend to work at present. Moreover, we will be asked to work creatively to link that systems thinking with the pressing need to address health inequalities in a truly meaningful way.
To support us to assume the widest possible view of system working, we will be guided by research and expertise that acknowledges the very places where we live – and the quality of those environments and the range of services upon which these communities depend – as determinants of health.
In light of all of this, our earnest hope is that the event attracts people from a range of settings. The audience will hopefully include leaders from the NHS and social care, of course – but must also involve those working in housing and education, alongside people from charities that contribute so powerfully to meeting the needs of patients, service users and citizen – and leaders from community organisations, centres, and youth clubs.
We very much hope to be joined by Prerana Issar, the Chief People Officer for the NHS, who will be invited to open the event. However, we are delighted to advise that Jacqueline Davis, the Director of Leadership & Lifelong Learning in the People Directorate of NHS England and Improvement, will be with us at this meeting.
This interactive event will pivot around an hour-long “In conversation…” session with Professor Mindi Fullilove. Her impressive biography is as follows:
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, LFAPA, Hon AIA, is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban policy and health at The New School. She completed her AB at Bryn Mawr College, and MS and MD at Columbia University. She is board-certified in psychiatry, having completed residency in psychiatry at New York Hospital-Westchester Division and Montefiore Hospital. She has published over 100 scientific papers and eight books, including her highly regarded urban restoration trilogy, Root Shock, Urban Alchemy and Main Street.
To give some insight into her research interests, Professor Fullilove’s publisher states that her book Root Shock “…examines three different U.S. cities to unmask the crippling results of decades-old disinvestment in communities of color and the urban renewal practices that ultimately destroyed these neighborhoods for the advantage of developers and the elite.”
Ultimately, though, the purpose of this session is to open up the conversation on what system working in health and social care might really look like if we moved bravely beyond our historic and current boundaries in order to allow us to focus on population health. It aims to bring together people from the widest possible range of organisations, agencies and groups, all of whom have a shared interest in rethinking how we might work together in the service of the health of all.
We sincerely hope that you will be moved to join us.
Questions about this event?
Name: Mark Cole
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