Public health

Social study of Covid-19 to examine impact of social isolation

MARCH Network has launched a study into the psychological and social experiences of Covid-19 in the UK.

The study aims to understand the effects of social isolation on individuals. The results will be used to track trajectories of mental health and loneliness in the UK over the coming weeks, identify which groups are most at risk, and understand the effects of any potentially protective activities people could be engaging in.

Paintings in Hospitals announce new director

The Trustees of Paintings in Hospitals have appointed Sandra Bruce-Gordon as Director of the charity from the end of April 2020 to replace outgoing Director Ben Pearce.

Sandra is a leading figure in the development of arts, cultural and public services across London and will bring to Paintings in Hospitals a wealth of business acumen and a great track record in delivery from over the past 20 years.

Looking Back Looking Forward

 

January 2020 marks a year of being in the role of Director for London Arts in Health. New Year is always a good time to reflect and look forward and so I thought I would round up some of what I have learnt a year in as well as what I am looking forward to.

WHO report releases global evidence on role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing

The World Health Organisation has released a report consolidating global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the WHO European Region

Launch of world's largest study into impact of arts on health

King’s College London and UCL have launched the world’s largest ever study into the impact and scalability of arts interventions on physical and mental health

White paper highlights value of arts and culture for improving communities’ health and wellbeing

The University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine and ArtPlace America has released the white paper, Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration

RSPH Arts and Health award-winner announced

Comics Youth CIC has won this year’s Arts in Health award from the Royal Society for Public Health for their “Building Stories” project with marginalised young people. Comics Youth has also been awarded the Public Health England Commendation 2018: Reducing Inequalities at Community Level 2018 and the Public Health Minister's Award 2018.

Submit an abstract to the World Health Congress – deadline 29 October 2018

Two key themes for the 2019 World Health Congress in Manchester will be arts and health, and social change. Submissions are particularly encouraged from projects that address health inequalities through cultural participation and civic action.

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CQC reports on the "State of Care"

The Care Quality Commission has published its annual summary of the State of Care. Tom Trenholm, Chief Executive of the CQC, describes a "story of contrasts" that assesses "both the resilience and the potential vulnerability" of the heath and care sectors, but also describes the risk of 'care injustice'.

Activating Communities for Health: London, Warrington and Cardiff – 4, 9 & 23 October 2018

Spice is hosting three events to explore community participation and resilience in the voluntary sector, in relation to public health strategies to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

4 October, Activating Communities for Health (London), 5.30-8pm

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