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Housing and Health: Working in Partnership
Wed 10 May 2017, 08:30 – 16:15 BST
Open Forum Events are pleased to add to their portfolio of bespoke public sector conferences by hosting: Housing and Health: Working in Partnership. This conference will explore the relationship between housing provision and the health and wellbeing of residents living within the community.
A fundamental shift in demographics, resulting in an increased aged population, along with more people living with long term conditions has created unprecedented demands on the nation’s health and social care systems. To alleviate some of the pressures all avenues need to be explored and resources exploited to support and promote better health. The state of housing and local spaces can impact enormously on individual’s health and that of the local community. Understanding the links between how housing can impact adversely on health and conversely initiatives that can improve circumstances is a key feature of the conference agenda.
Poor housing has a significant detrimental effect on health and wellbeing. Although the relationship is complex and the exact impacts difficult to assess, there is strong evidence of an association with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Housing related hazards increase the possibilities of accidents, resulting in avoidable injury. It has been calculated that the cost of poor housing to the NHS is £1.4bn per year.
The Housing and Health: Working in Partnership conference will bring together key authorities, from both the housing and public health arenas, that are interested in influencing policy and implementing strategy to improve health through better housing. Through an agenda of expert speakers, sharing the very latest thinking, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the impacts of housing on health and how these issues can be addressed. There will be the opportunity to gain insight, through a number of case studies, into initiatives that are being employed to improve living conditions to support better health and wellbeing.