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NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service – Health Inequalities Seminars 2015
May 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service – Health Inequalities Seminars 2014-2015
Date: Wednesday 27th May 2015
Title: “Environment and Health Under the Microscope: Resilient Cities”
Speakers: Professor Catharine Ward-Thompson, Professor Jamie Pearce, University of Edinburgh
Time: 1300 – 1430 (Coffee served 1230; seminar starts 1300 prompt)
Venue: City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh
Seminar description: Over the past 150 years there have been substantial improvements in urban health. Indicators such as rising life expectancy and falling infant mortality suggest significant public health successes. Whilst health has tended to improve at the city scale, these gains have not been equally shared; some neighbourhoods and people have benefited more than others. The result of this is that inequalities in health are as wide as they have been since the Victorian period.
As we pass the point globally, where more people live in towns and cities than in rural locations, new questions are being raised about how well such environments serve as human habitat. It has been predicted that, by 2025, there will be about 30 ‘megacities’ around the world with a total population exceeding 10 million; urbanisation opens the door to ‘western’ diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and stress. Even if we just focus on the UK context, what does it mean for human wellbeing as urban areas expand and most people live urban lives?
We will discuss some of the current challenges – and innovative solutions – to reducing urban health inequalities including environmental factors such as air pollution, access to parks and green space, and other aspects of the local infrastructure.
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