First, I write this sunny morning to sing the praises of the Peninsula Public Health Network, a multi-disciplinary public health network across Devon and Cornwall sponsored by local NHS public health departments and part funded by the CIEH South West Region.
Today is the day of their research workshop “What did the Romans ever do for us..?” Exploring Public Health Evidence and has been developed by EHP Dan Preece and colleagues with a strong environmental health presence. Topics include ‘evidence’ as a contested concept (hear, hear), reflections on environmental health within the new public health framework and the use of NICE guidelines in local authorities.
We wish Dan and his colleagues well today, it’s great to hear of the work of regional public health networks like PPHN and how they are already grappling with evidence, research and practice. You can access their work via:
PPHN Website: http://pphn.org.uk
Second, I must thank the PPHN’s workshop for this because their introduction to ‘evidence’ includes one of Dr Ben Goldacre’s (http://www.badscience.net/) TED talks on evidence. TED was established in 1984 as a conference to bring together speakers from the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design and to spread their ideas to a wider audience. In the years since, their internet site (http://www.ted.com/) has become a wonderful resource for ideas generally, but the following talks are particularly relevant for EH professionals:
Paul Collier (development economist): http://www.ted.com/talks/paul_collier_shares_4_ways_to_help_the_bottom_billion.html
Jared Diamond (EH polymath): http://www.ted.com/talks/jared_diamond_on_why_societies_collapse.html
Rose George (sanitation writer): http://www.ted.com/talks/rose_george_let_s_talk_crap_seriously.html
Ben Goldacre (bad science detector): http://www.ted.com/talks/ben_goldacre_battling_bad_science.html
Many thanks and best wishes,