“Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It’s time to start thinking” nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford famously said. Addressing health inequalities shouldn’t be Mission Impossible, but we need to be bold and act as though time itself has run out – because it has for those already living in the … [Read more...] about Claire’s blog: the future of public health, bicycle or frog?
The Scottish Government and COSLA’s Public Health Reform aims to create “a Scotland where everybody thrives”. As part of this reform, the Improving Health Commission is looking into prioritising health as a human right, taking a Health in All Policies approach and prioritise prevention and community … [Read more...] about Ian’s blog: Improving the health of Scotland’s people
Public health is about helping people to stay healthy, and protecting them from threats to their health. Public health is another way of talking about improving health and wellbeing in our communities, but the language and organisation of public health can often seem far removed from third sector … [Read more...] about VHS at The Gathering 2019 : The future of public health – bicycle or frog?
VHS and CHEX (Community Health Exchange) are active players in Scotland's Public Health Reform programme. We would like to invite colleagues across the third and community health sectors to a workshop on Tuesday 27th November, 1.00 pm to 4.30pm, at the Edinburgh Training & Conference Centre to … [Read more...] about Improving Health, Influencing Public Health Workshop 27 November 2018
VHS hosted a useful meeting on 18th October to consider progress in reforming public health in Scotland from a third sector perspective. The meeting enabled third sector people with a role in the reform programme's various Boards, Commissions and working groups to hear from Executive Director of … [Read more...] about Third sector reframes public health discussion
In July I blogged about VHS’s growing involvement in the Public Health Reform Programme. A lot has happened since then, so it’s time for another update. As a member of the overall Public Health Oversight Board (PHOB) for the past year, my job has been to ensure that our sector is as fully … [Read more...] about Claire’s Blog: next steps for third sector in Public Health Reform
Over the past few days, we at Paths for All have been digesting the raft of statistics, information and government plans that were announced on 4th September 2018. In the space of just a few hours, and thanks to the publication of the 2017 Scottish Household Survey, Transport Scotland stats, and … [Read more...] about Ian’s blog: more green lights for active travel
Members of the Health Policy Officers Network (HPON), Alcohol Focus Scotland, Obesity Action Scotland, Nourish Scotland, Samaritans Scotland and Voluntary Health Scotland, have co-produced a briefing to help inform the Local Government and Communities Committee Stage 2 discussion of Amendments to … [Read more...] about HPON: Planning (Scotland) Bill Evidence Briefing
Thanks to Aye Can Change, a social enterprise based in Perthshire, VHS's key messages and illustrations from A Weighty Issue: Understanding and Action on Obesity and Health have been encapsulated in a short video and quiz. The video is available on You Tube or you can access it both video and … [Read more...] about Animating A Weighty Issue
The vision of the newly published Scotland’s Physical Activity Delivery Plan is for a Scotland where more people are more active, more often. And it’s clear to see why. Participation in physical activity is stagnating and sedentary behaviour increasing, and it’s having a significant impact on … [Read more...] about Jennifer’s Blog: Active travel as a real solution to growing levels of physical inactivity