NIHR School for Public Health Research - Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

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The NIHR School for Public Health Research will hold its seventh Annual Scientific Meeting across two days from 13th – 14th May 2021

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Registration via Eventbrite is now closed. If you are a member of the School, one of our collaborators or a public partner please contact to book your place.

Working together for better Public Health

The School will hold its seventh Annual Scientific Meeting across two days from 13th – 14th May 2021.

We will have a number of key note speakers and debates to discuss the longer term consequences of COVID-19 and future learning for public health, with particular focus on the health inequalities that have been exposed and worsened by the pandemic, the policy implications and how we deal with that as a community.

The event will also provide an opportunity for the School to showcase the latest public health research across its programmes and themes including:

  • Children, young people & families
  • Public mental health
  • Places & communities
  • Changing behaviour at population level
  • Health inequalities
  • Efficient and equitable public health systems

This event is open to members of the School our collaborators and public partners.

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Funding statement: The research being presented is funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research (SPHR). The NIHR School for Public Health Research is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Imperial and University College London; The London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); the LiLaC collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster and Fuse; The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, a collaboration between Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside Universities. Find out more at:

Data statement: When you register for the meeting your personal data will be collected by Newcastle University on behalf of NIHR SPHR. The purpose of collecting these data, including names, email addresses and additional information, is to facilitate organisation of the ASM on 13th & 14th May 2021 working with our event management partner BeaconHouse Events. If at any point you would like this information to be removed please contact For full details of the Newcastle University data protection statement please see

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Parallel Session Workshops - synopses

Thursday 13th May 2021 14:00-15:00

Places & communities: Individual and environmental approaches to promote alternatives to the carDr Jenna Panter, Dr Emma Lawlor & Dr Steph Morris

Local authorities have limited resources to promote walking, cycling and public transport. This project focuses on the practicalities of introducing policies and making changes to the urban environment to encourage walking, cycling and public transport use. It includes a review of stakeholders' experiences on the design and implementation of environmental interventions to promote walking and cycling. We will present research evidence on children's experiences of the journey to school. This will be an interactive session where findings from the project and implications for policy will be discussed.---Public mental health: Visualising public mental health: an interactive conceptual frameworkDr Jen Dykxhoorn, Laura Fischer & Dr Judi Kidger

Public mental health is impacted by a wide range of factors. We have developed a 'conceptual framework' to summarise the key determinants of public mental health and how they might be influenced. We conducted literature searches and held consultations with members of the public and public health practitioners to identify the many determinants of public mental health. We have developed an interactive, visual tool which brings together these determinants and shows how they are interconnected.

The goal of this workshop will be to launch our new tool, to explore how it can be used, to discuss how these determinants have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and make suggestions for future research.

---Children, young people & families: Addressing inequalities in child healthDr Ruth Kipping, Prof Rona Campbell, Dr Hannah Fairbrother, Prof Sonia Saxena, Ms Loretta Sollars, Prof David Taylor-Robinson, Prof Russell Viner

In this workshop we will present findings from the programme in short presentations followed by a panel discussion. We will present research on:• Young people's perspectives of health inequalities• Exploring the local policy context for reducing health inequalities in children and young people• Understanding inequalities in child health: what the data tells us• Mapping the child health system at a local level

During the presentations participants will be invited to contribute their comments and questions which will be discussed in a panel of academics leading work within the CYPF programme and PHE.

Friday 14th May 2021 10:00-11:00

Health inequalities: Health at the intersections - Can allyship play a role in reducing health inequalities?Stephanie Ejegi-Memeh, Nazmy Villarroel Williams, Dan Holman, Sarah Salway, Katja Gravenhorst, Sara Ronzi, Matt Egan, Vicki McGowan & Clare Bambra

This workshop brings together two hot topics of interest within health inequalities work - intersectionality and allyship. Eight online focus group discussions exploring public understandings of health inequalities were held with young adults aged 18-30 living in the South East, South Yorkshire and the Midlands, and the North East between July 2020 and March 2021. Through reflecting on scenarios selected from the focus groups, the aim of our workshop is to facilitate an open and honest discussion regarding opportunities for applying intersectional approaches and allyship at interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels, and whether their use has potential for addressing health and social inequalities. ---

Efficient & equitable public health systems: An exploration of equity and efficiency concepts in public health and the implications for public health practiceCristina Fernandez-Garcia & Sarah Hill

This workshop will explore different understandings of equity and efficiency in public health. Drawing on previous workshops conducted with health economic and public health researchers and members of the public, we will discuss the methodological challenges faced by public health professionals. Findings from this session will inform the development of best practice resource guides for researchers and analysts working in public health.--- Changing behaviour at population level: Early work from the Changing behaviour at population level theme - seeking stakeholder input to the design of aspects of two studies

In this session we will present early work and seek stakeholder input to the design of aspects of two studies:

1. The public’s role in public health: understanding and negotiating public support for policies designed to improve population health – seeking stakeholder input to study design. Milica Vasiljevic, Zoi Toumpakari & Sophie Anderson

2. Understanding the impact of digital food delivery services on household food purchasing and inequalities in diet. Steven Cummins & Cherry Law

---Thursday 13th May 14:00-15:00 & Friday 14th May 10:00-11:00* (*This workshop is being offered twice during the meeting. Please attend one session only).

Public involvement & engagement: Capturing the impact of involvement on the experience of public partners, other members of research teams and on SPHR’s research

Prof Jennie Popay & Dr Michelle CollinsThis interactive workshop will outline thinking and planning around capturing the impact of involvement on public partners, other members of research teams and the research itself. We will discuss the purpose of, and approaches to evaluating impact, including the underpinning principles. There will be an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences of capturing the impact of public involvement on all members of research teams and on research within SPHR and beyond. Following the workshop we hope that attendees will have a shared understanding of why and how we are evaluating the impact and experience of public partners in the School’s work.

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