Active travel: essential for our economic, health, and environmental recovery

Mark Kemp, Chair of ADEPT’s Transport and Connectivity Board In April, the Government announced ambitious new targets to speed up the target to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035. Active travel – defined as ‘non-motorised forms of transport that involve physical activity, such as walking, cycling and manual scooting’ – will play an integral … Continued

Homelessness in a time of COVID-19 – the need to take action now

Prof. Christine Whitehead & Dr Nancy Holman, LSE London This article was written by LSE London and funded by Trust for London. It first appeared on the Trust for London website on 5 May 2021. In the first in an investigative series of blog posts exploring housing issues, the team at LSE London breaks down … Continued

Changing the way we travel

Claire Sharpe, Marketing Manager at Love to Ride You’ve probably heard the term ‘active travel’, but may not know exactly what it means. Active travel is making journeys via physically active means, such as walking or cycling – so being active whilst getting from A to B. The term usually refers to short journeys such … Continued

Active travel: the benefits to health and air quality

  Gary McFarlane, CIEH Northern Ireland Director Air quality has been a core public health issue since the mid 1800s. Although the pioneering clean air legislation of the early 1980s significantly improved the air quality in towns and cities across the UK, air quality remains a significant public health challenge. In 2016, the Royal College of … Continued

Moving forward to a ‘better, healthier normal’

Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health at WHO The spread of COVID-19 around the world has placed a heavy burden on overstretched, and in many cases, underfunded health systems. It has highlighted the growing encroachment by human beings on the natural world and the calamity of inequality. Many of us have … Continued

Addressing health inequalities in London throughout the Covid-19 pandemic

Professor Kevin Fenton, London Regional Director for Public Health England The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by every one of us, and it has been particularly devastating for those who have lost friends, loved ones or have even become seriously unwell themselves. But since the start of the pandemic, we have seen that devastation … Continued

The future of public health: what is the unique role of the regional tier?

David Kidney, Chief Executive, UK Public Health Register I was both honoured and pleased to be invited to chair a virtual roundtable on the future of public health on 26 November 2020. This roundtable was jointly hosted by Public Health England and UK Public Health Network. Its subject was the relationship between local, regional and national … Continued

Public-Private Partnerships: how effective are they?

The UK Public Health Network is an advocate for collaboration. It forms the basis of what we do and why we exist – to facilitate coordination, share opinions and exchange knowledge in the public health community. But collaboration between public and private bodies isn’t as candid. It is a multifaceted relationship which has the potential … Continued