EARC Conference 2022 – The coastal health deficit: Building on the Whitty Report
In 2021 the Chief Medical Officer looked at health in coastal communities, and suggested that the available data on health and wellbeing were poor. He recommended that this should be addressed. Eastern Arc has taken the first steps towards doing this with two workshops in July exploring the challenges of coastal health data, but what else could or should be done?
The session will start with a recorded address from Prof Chris Whitty, followed by a panel discussion with external stakeholders and policymakers.
Chiara di Cesare is Professor in Population Studies and Global Health, and Director of the Institute of Public Health and Wellbeing, University of Essex.
Her research in population health uses and integrates concepts, data and methods from demography, epidemiology, statistics, and social science. Her work has focused on the epidemiology and public health of obesity and undernutrition, the role of early nutrition on child development, whether, and how much, changes in metabolic risk factors have contributed to the decline in cardiovascular mortality, and the extent of within and between countries inequalities in non-communicable diseases mortality and associated risk factors.
Her work is influencing policy worldwide and over the past year she has contributed to the scientific response to COVID-19. Her research on global trends in obesity is used by the World Health Organisation (Global Health Observatory) as official estimates and is used to inform policies. In 2018 she led the successful application to the WHO Essential Medicine List for the inclusion of non-vitamin K anticoagulants for the treatment of atrial fibrillation to prevent stroke. She is currently a member of the core team of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report and a member of the World Heart Federation Observatory Advisory Group.
Ed is Chief Executive of the NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board and has led the Integrated Care System since 2019. He is a Visiting Professor of Integrated Care at the University of Suffolk (2021-2024) and is a founding member of their Integrated Care Academy.
He was Chief Executive of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk, North East Essex and West Suffolk CCGs, gaining ‘outstanding’ ratings in all three CCGs, before they were closed in 2022. Previously he was Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Communications and Engagement at NHS East of England.
Ed supports various regional responsibilities such as chairing the East of England Mental Health Board and commissioning the East of England Ambulance Trust.
He has worked on major national policy by supporting the Department of Health in the development of the NHS Constitution and the government’s NHS White Paper 2021.
Ed has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and a first class degree in History from the University of Sussex.
Abraham George has been working in Kent since 2010, undertaking a wide ranging portfolio of health care public health programme areas such as urgent care, end of life care, falls and fracture prevention including multiple morbidities. He is well established leader for collaborative working health of the Kent & Medway Integrated Care System.
He is a subject matter expert and advises on both national and local population health management programmes including the award winning Kent Integrated Dataset programme and has been promoting the importance of local data partnership and use of locally linked health administrative datasets to enable population health analytics.
He is also the public health educational and training lead for the dept and consultant lead on Individual Funding Requests, Clinical Effectiveness and Kent County strategic lead on the JSNA and Public Health Intelligence.
More recently he has also taken on the consultant lead role for building the Research Innovation & Improvement function in Local Authority Public Health for the department, overseeing a growing number of research activities to support public health practice.
Abraham is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, more recently, the Faculty of Clinical Informatics for his valuable contributions and national advocacy role in in promoting the importance of informatics.
Lucy Wightman took up the post of Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities at Essex County Council in April 2022 having worked previously Director of Public Health across both North Northants and West Northants Councils and also Director of Population Health Strategy for Northamptonshire CCG. During her Public Health Consultant career Lucy led on the Healthcare Public Health portfolio, as well as having responsibility for aspects of wider public health including elements of Health Protection, Health Improvement and Information and Business Intelligence.
During Lucy’s five year public health medical specialty training, she worked across the East Midlands on a variety of public health projects and research and undertook an extended out of programme placement in a provider trust, focussed heavily on quality improvement, clinical pathway design and strategic development. Having started her healthcare career in nursing, Lucy remains a registered nurse (BSc Hons Nursing) and has both a MSc in Public Health and a MSc in Leadership for Health and Social Care, which comprised a dual clinical and management curriculum.
Lucy’s current portfolio includes specialist public health provision, Trading Standards, Gypsy and Traveller services as well as the Strengthening Communities team. She also sits on the Herts and West Essex Integrated Care Board as the Essex County Council representative