City Health Conference 2017 Focuses on Developing Healthy Cities

city-health-20176th International City Health Conference ‘Empowerment, Engagement and Partnership: participating to develop healthy cities’ will take place in Basel, Switzerland in September 2017. Currently the call for submissions for presentations, as well as proposals for the sessions within the conference is announced.

AFEW International executive director Anke van Dam is the member of the Programme Advisory Group for the Conference.

“The City Health Conference is an important event for sharing experiences and best practices of interventions at a municipal level. Interventions about health, sports, but also about environment, housing and the homeless people, are presented and discussed. AFEW organized the City Health Conference in Amsterdam in 2014 and brought professionals from multiple disciplines together to discuss concerns and problems at city level from different angles. This is needed since more than a half of the population in the world is living in an urban setting,” Anke van Dam says.

The Conference is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and organised by KnowledgeActionChange.

‘Empowerment, Engagement and Partnership: participating to develop healthy cities’ reflects the belief that measures and actions for health promotion and urban development are more effective if the affected populations play an active and co-decisive role in the process of design, development and delivery. Evidence demonstrates that such engagement and participation contributes to sustainable solutions, to a greater identification with urban public space and increased intergenerational communication.

This is an ‘inclusive’ conference, with presenters and participants including NGOs, community projects, advocacy groups, as well as urban and health planners, academics, policy makers and those who deliver services and interventions.

Currently, the organisers welcome both individual submissions for oral and poster presentations, as well as proposals for whole sessions within the conference. The deadline for the submission is March-April 2017. The programme committee will use selected abstracts to construct themed sessions. Authors will be informed if their abstract has been accepted before the posting of the near-final programme in June 2017.

To register for the conference, please, click here.

International City Health Conference Open for Registration

Guildhall_conference5th International City Health Conference is open for registration. It will take part in Guildhall, London on September 19, 2016.

City Health 2016 is the fifth edition of the conference. The conference is returning to the venue where City Health International was launched in 2012, the historic Guildhall, at the heart of the City of London, and once again is hosted by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum and organised by Knowledge•Action•Change.

The programme for this conference will examine the increasingly complex relationships between policy makers, academics and researchers, communities and individuals, in a world where change is rapid and information technology has increased access to information, as well as changing the dynamics of communication and influence.

During the event, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Professor Michel Kazatchkine and Susi McLean from HIV/AIDS Alliance will be discussing if public health is facing a crisis. Conference also includes 2016 Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture “Zeroes and Heroes: drug users, popular culture and fight for public health” delivered by Harry Shapiro (DrugWise.)

Delegate places for the conference are £85 per person. More details on how to register can be found on the conference website. More details on the programme can be found here.

2016 International Consultation: Policing, Public Health and Vulnerable Populations is Announced

LEPH2016-DL-FlyerThe 2016 International Consultation: Policing, Public Health and Vulnerable Populations will take place on 1 October 2016 in Amsterdam. It will focus on police work with sex workers, injecting drug users, homeless people, sexual minorities, and trafficked persons. The registration for the event will be opened in August.

The Consultation will be held prior to the 3rd International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health 2-5 October, Amsterdam. Participants of the event will consider and endorse principles to guide the greater participation of vulnerable populations in building safe, secure and healthy communities in partnerships with police.

The purpose of the Consultation is to promote best practices in policing and inter-sectoral partnerships to ensure healthy lives and wellbeing of vulnerable and marginalized populations (SDG3), and promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG16). Police and other law enforcement agencies, community organizations and representatives of vulnerable populations, government agencies, United Nations agencies and other international development organizations are expected to participate in the event.

The 2016 Consultation follows consultations on police and HIV held at the LEPH2012 and LEPH2014 Conferences. There is an increasing need to integrate HIV prevention programs with programs addressing other harms with the same populations. Further, HIV vulnerability is often secondary to other harms – such as gender-based violence, inequalities in wealth distribution, social exclusion, lack of job opportunities and education access, or being an undocumented migrant. A key principle of this integration is the involvement of vulnerable communities in the design and implementation of these programs.

Participation in the Consultation is open to registered participants at the 3rd International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health (LEPH2016). Places are limited. Registrations will open around August through the Conference website: For further information about the Consultation, write to

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