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Emergency Planning: How Volunteers can Help Create a Human-centred Approach

The public and volunteers are integral in emergency responses and can fill the gaps in response teams during emergencies. Naomi Phillips, of the Red Cross, outlined how volunteers and the community can help fill these gaps to achieve a human-centred response to crises.

Emergency Planning: Using Data to Improve Support for Vulnerable People in Emergencies

It is important in emergencies to identify vulnerable individuals, as they are often the residents who need the most help. We heard from John Higgins of Tendring District Council about how resident data has been utilised to improve and prepare emergency responses.

Emergency Planning: Preparing the Public and Emergency Responders

The first wave of Covid-19 highlighted the importance of emergency preparedness and the need to improve responses to major incidents. Holly Carter, of Public Health England shared how emergency responders and the public can be best prepared for major incidents and highlighted the importance of using up to date research in planning for emergencies.

Working Together to Help People Achieve Healthier Lifestyles

Obesity is one of the biggest public health crises in the UK today. Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight or obese. To tackle this ongoing issue the Government is investing in weight management services and gathering data to help improve these services. This article looks at where this Government funding is being used.

Engaging with Rough Sleepers to Improve Uptake of Drug and Alcohol Support

Every area has a distinct homeless cohort, and blanket policies are not the answer. Councillor Trish Hardy of Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council explains that treating each area as unique and taking the time to learn the intricacies of the rough sleeping population is vital to helping individuals.

Delivering Evidence-Based Approaches to Tackling Drug and Substance Misuse

It is argued that the approach to drug addiction taken in the UK for the past 30 years has been a failure. Crispin Blunt MP, co-Chair of the APPG for Drug Policy Reform, explores the example of Portugal and how the UK can bring its policies in line with the overwhelming bulk of new evidence.

Hertfordshire County Council: Effectively Using Social Media in Public Comms

Hertfordshire County Council have used several digital channels to promote their public health campaigns over the course of the pandemic. Andrew Hadfield-Ames from Hertfordshire Council shares their successes of using social media to communicate effectively with the public.

Public Health Campaigns: Developing Clear, Community-Led Messaging in the Fight Against HIV

Kat Smithson spoke to us about ways of developing clear, community-led messaging in the fight against HIV.

Public Health Campaigns: Tailoring Communication Strategies towards Minority Groups to Improve Engagement with NHS Services

Altaf Kazi from NHS Blood and Transplant spoke to us about tailoring communication strategies towards minority groups to improve engagement with NHS services.

Public Health Campaigns: Adapting Public Health Communications Strategies

Tracy Daszkiewicz spoke to us about ways of adapting public health communication strategies in public health campaigns.
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