VHS joins the UK People’s Health Assembly
Voluntary Health Scotland Chief Officer Claire Stevens is presenting at the 2nds Health Assembly on 11 April 2014. The focus of the Assembly will be on building a progressive health movement in a time of austerity and social exclusion. Claire will share the voluntary health perspective on this, drawing on what VHS members have told us about the challenges and opportunities they perceive if health inequalities are to be reduced.Edinburgh, 10-12 April 2014
About the Event
After inspiring discussions on health, justice and the state of democracy held in Nottingham in July 2012, the UK People’s Health Movement invites you to the second UK People’s Health Assembly. The focus will be on ‘building a progressive health movement in a time of austerity and social exclusion’. However, 2nd PHA is not just about developing and strengthening our movement. It is also about impacting directly in the struggle for social justice: health for all, decent living and working conditions for all, equity and environmental justice.
There is an interesting programme, with inspirational talks by distinguished speakers and several opportunities to share, learn, brainstorm and build synergies on cross-cutting issues of: Austerity and health; Social exclusion and vulnerabilities; and Environmental justice and occupational health. These three themes run in parallel through the Assembly, moving from storytelling about people’s experiences, to analysis, to solutions and alternatives. In the final plenary these discussions come together to hear experiences of health movements from across the globe including India, South Africa, Uganda and Europe.
Speakers include Lesley Riddoch, David Woodward, Prof. Andrew Watterson, Prof. Tracey Shildrick, Louise Taggart, Cathy McCormack, Alex Scott-Samuel, Sonya Scott among others. The assembly will offer a dynamic space and witness diverse participation from community based groups, networks, and activists who will contribute to discussions on the above themes. These include: Poverty Alliance, NHS Health Scotland, CHEX and Scottish Community Development Centre, Child Poverty Action Group, Friends of the Earth, Hazards Campaign, Voluntary Health Scotland, Nottingham Refugee Forum, Alliance for Cancer Prevention, Biofuel Watch, Women’s International Group, FRAE Fife, NOURISH, GPs at the Deep End, Medsin, Medact, Scottish Refugee Council, NKS, Forum Against Corporate Killers and others.
For further information on the assembly, please visit the website