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Vhenekayi Nyambayo wins 2022 Faculty of Public Health’s ‘Sam Ramaiah Award’, April 22

Congratulations to Vhenekayi Nyambayo, ADPH London’s Partnerships & Improvement Lead, who has won the Faculty of Public Health’s 2022 ‘Sam Ramaiah Award’.  We’re super proud of you, Vhenekayi, and the excellent work you’re doing on behalf of ADPH London, on the ‘Supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities during and beyond COVID-19’ work, which was highly regarded by the adjudication panel. Find out more about this work stream.

If you’d like to get in touch with ADPH London, please email office@adphlondon.org.uk.

0-19 Years Commissioning: Key learning from Sector Led Improvement Review, March 2022

Sector Led Improvement (SLI) is a self-assessment and peer-review approach, which aims to improve practice and outcomes whilst demonstrating transparency and accountability to internal and external stakeholders.

In 2019, ADPH London started an SLI review of commissioning of Health Visiting (HV) and School Nursing (SN) services, which concluded in 2022.

Top priorities for boroughs on HV and SN include: tackling health inequalities, and the needs of service users. Common themes that have emerged throughout the review are outcomes, service models, delivery models, workforce, integration and partnership working.

For more information about the review, read our Summary of Learning report, and for details of the whole programme go to Children & Young People | ADPH London.

Position statement: Climate Change & Public Health, November 2021

We, the members of the London Association of Directors of Public Health declare a climate and health emergency.

As the UK hosts the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), we as public health professionals are committed to collective, long-term actions that create a healthier, fairer and environmentally sustainable London.

Climate change and health are inextricably linked and already affecting Londoners.

Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions impact human health and quality of life in our neighbourhoods as well as contributing directly to climate change. London’s air quality is poor to the extent that all school children in London breathe air that currently doesn’t meet the WHO’s clean air standards. In recent years, life in the city has been impacted by severe heat waves and increasingly frequent flooding.

Importantly, the impacts of climate change do not affect us all equally but put the heaviest burden on those who are most vulnerable, such as people in low-income, minoritised, disabled and marginalised groups.

London is a global city with a projected population of 11 million by 2050. There are increasing demands on natural resources, space, water, food and energy supplies, aggravating the effects of climate change on our citizens, so we must rise to the challenge.  At a global scale, climate change leads to increased spread and emergence of infectious diseases and pandemics, to food and water insecurity and increasingly to climate change induced displacement, migration and socio-economic instability.

But there is much that can be done and positive actions we can take. Every choice we make as professionals and institutions, and as individuals and communities, has the power to create a more sustainable London and a healthier planet.

Action on climate change is action on health. Making walking and cycling easier in London will improve the quality of the air we breathe as well as physical and mental health through increased physical activity. Creating a greener and more biodiverse London will help lessen the effects of extreme heat and flooding as well as improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations of Londoners. Crucially, this transformation of our systems must be equitable, inclusive and co-created with communities if we are to narrow rather than exacerbate social and health inequalities. A healthier future is within our grasp.

In response to this climate and health emergency we will:

  • Explain the link between climate change and health in a clear and accessible way.
  • Highlight the benefits for health that result from action on climate change and action to achieve environmental sustainability. 
  • Improve the available evidence on co-benefits of actions on climate change and public health.
  • Use our expertise around equity to ensure that the effects of climate change on groups and individuals in London are clearly understood, and actions responsively designed and implemented.
  • Ensure that local communities are actively engaged in creating solutions towards a healthier and more sustainable London.
  • Work across sectors and with environmental champions to build a unified voice in calling for equitable climate action that puts health first.

There is no longer any dispute around the urgency of action on the climate emergency – the time to act is now.

If you’d like to get in touch with ADPH London, please email office@adphlondon.org.uk.

Position statement: Cleaning up London’s air, March 2021

LEDNet and the London Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH London) have revised their joint position statement on air quality. Following the first wave of the pandemic we are living in the new norm and therefore must look at sustaining behaviours that contributed to the positive changes to air quality where possible, and address the health inequalities that have been observed.

  • You can download the full joint position here
  • You can download the executive summary here

If you’d like to get in touch with ADPH London, please email office@adphlondon.org.uk.

Policy position: Supporting Black, Asian & minority ethnic communities during & beyond COVID-19, February 2021

COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted, and in some cases worsened health inequalities amongst certain groups in England. Following the release of the Public Health England (PHE) Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’ and Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups in June 2020, the Build Back Fairer: COVID-19 Marmot Review in December 2020, we have seen the impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities with higher case rates and deaths compared to the White population.

Actions are already taking place at local and regional level to reduce the disproportionate impact, but the pandemic has shone a light on structural racism and health inequality, and its roots associated with the immediate and structural factors that have impacted ethnic minorities and require long term change. Racism is a public health issue and it is vital that we develop approaches to take action to mitigate any further widening of inequalities.

In February 2021, ADPH London released a position statement, highlighting the following five themes:

  • Trust and cohesion
  • Improving ethnicity data collection and research
  • Diversifying the workforce and encouraging systems leadership
  • Co-production with communities
  • Embedding public health work in social and economic policy

Following this statement, ADPH London have been developing a set of actions for delivery and/or influence over the next five years. Click here to see our action plan, where we plan to deliver in collaboration with local and system partners.

If you’d like to get in touch with ADPH London, please email office@adphlondon.org.uk.