The Cross-Party Group on Health Equalities and the Cross-Party Group on Improving Scotland’s Health 2021 and Beyond are delighted to invite you to a joint meeting on Tuesday 22 May from 5.30pm to 7pm in Committee Room 4 of The Scottish Parliament. The meeting will explore health inequalities and the right to health, with a particular focus on unhealthy environments and empowering communities to improve their health.
We have two excellent speakers:
Dr Niamh Shortt, Reader in Health Geography and co-director of the Centre for Environment, Society and Health (CRESH), University of Edinburgh, whose research considers how the environment shapes our health, health behaviours and resulting health inequalities. She focuses on the effect of place and in particular the idea of the locale in which various aspects of the social and natural environment converge to influence health outcomes. Based on the premise that place matters for health, her research explores a wide range of area effects and considers the implications for health. Niamh’s current work focusses on alcohol and tobacco environments in Scotland and the role of retail density.
Hilda Campbell, Chief Executive, COPE Scotland, a community led service in West Glasgow committed to finding new ways of addressing mental/emotional distress and promoting resilience and self-management through the principles of co-production and design. 24 years on, COPE Scotland has supported more than 20,000 people. Hilda will explain how health inequalities can be challenged through a community development and assets based approach that engages the knowledge and skills of people with lived experience in identifying their own solutions as well as designing local services.
The meeting will be co-chaired by Clare Haughey MSP and David Stewart MSP.
We very much hope you can join us. Please register your interest in attending by emailing me and stating which, if any CPG, you are a member of.
****Please note that due to the likely level of interest we will confirm to that you have secured a place at least one week in advance. Priority for the meeting will be given to full members of each CPG. Only one participant from each organisation will be offered a place in the first instance, additional participants will be wait-listed. *****
If you would like to be considered for membership of either CPG, please get in touch.
To be kept informed of updates, please email Lauren Blair