National Conference, February 2010 

'Communities, inequality and health improvement: policy and practice for community-led health'

The national conference for the Healthy Communities: Meeting the Shared Challenge programme took place in Perth Concert Hall on Monday 1st February, 2010. Healthy Communities: Meeting the Shared Challenge is a Scottish Government funded programme that aims to encourage and support community-led approaches to health improvement throughout Scotland.   

About the conference

This event brought together ideas, challenges and lessons about the importance of community-led health in tacking inequalities and building a healthier Scotland. Presentations and workshops on the day captured the experiences of people directly involved in Meeting the Shared Challenge over the last two years, as well as looking at the challenges ahead. The conference linked community-led health to key policy agendas, and helped signpost the resources that are now available to support community-led health.

The themes of the conference were:
  • Inequality, social capital and community-led health - understanding the connections.
  • Establishing and embedding community-led health improvement strategies in community planning, Single Outcome Agreements and community health partnerships
  • Investing in community capacity and community resilience, and their impact on health
  • Engaging communities: why and how?
  • Co-production - a new way of working?
  • Sustaining the approach: tools, resources and development.

The conference was opened by Margaret Burns CBE, Chair of NHS Health Scotland, and was chaired by Kathy O'Neill, Manager of Clackmannanshire CHP and Chair of the Meeting the Shared Challenge National Reference Group. Delegates heard presentations from Stuart Hashagen from the Scottish Community Development Centre, manager of the programme; Penny Richardson from the PROP Stress Centre; Kay Barton, Deputy Director, Health Improvement Strategy (CMO and Public Health Directorate) Scottish Government; Dr Pauline Craig from Glasgow Centre for Population Health; Wilma Reid, NHS Health Scotland and Roddy Duncan, Scottish Government. Read more about the day in the conference report Continuing to Meet the Challenge: a report on Meeting the Shared Challenge.

Conference materials

Download other materials from the day by clicking on each of the titles below.