At the table or on the menu? Public health and trade negotiations

The quote from the American public health speaker and writer Midy Aponte “If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair” brings to mind one of the Just William stories. William and his friends meet as usual in the old barn in high spirits, which fall very quickly on seeing that the tempestuous … Continued

Looking to the future for the UK’s public health workforce

Members of the UK Public Health Network are all too aware of the challenges to the public’s health which have changed markedly over the last few decades. The significant growth in a range of health problems related to smoking, alcohol and drug misuse, obesity and physical inactivity alongside threats from new infectious diseases makes it … Continued

Collaborating not colliding: early impacts of the UK Public Health Network

I like dictionaries don’t you? Their definitions are so, well, definite. Take the word ‘impact’ for instance. The Oxford English Dictionary says it is “the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.” The Cambridge English Dictionary says it is “a powerful effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or … Continued

Lifestyle: a plea to abandon the use of this word in public health

I am becoming increasingly concerned at the widespread and unquestioning use of the term “lifestyle” in public health I believe the term lifestyle or lifestyle factors should be completely abandoned by public health professionals. It frames public health at an individual level – effectively blaming individuals for making irrational decisions that are detrimental to their … Continued