THE PUBLIC HEALTH FORUM FOR BRISTOL
What is the Public Health Forum for Bristol?
The Public Health Forum is a new initiative
to link people involved in public health work into a strong network.
It will be developed by local participants with support from the
Public Health Directorate at Avon Health Authority. The Forum
will also provide the opportunity to link with Public Health Network
including other local forums in B&NES, North Somerset and
What is the Forum for?
The Forum will link people working to improve
health in Bristol, so that there are better opportunities to share
information, ideas and learn from each other. It will help you
to find contacts, sources of advice and expertise from all sorts
of people and organisations involved in improving public healthand
offer an opportunity to pass your expertise on to others.
Who is the Forum for?
Anyone involved in public health, health promotion
or health improvement is welcome to join. There is no charge.
Members may come from the NHS, local government, the voluntary
sector or higher education, including:
community development workers;
environmental health officers;
health promotion specialists;
planning and regeneration officers;
university teachers and researchers;
voluntary sector workers.
What will the Forum do
The Forum will link people (through meetings,
discussion groups and contact lists) who want to develop or share
experience and knowledge on any aspect of health improvement,
community profiling and needs assessment;
developing local HIMP action plans;
evidence based decision making;
finding someone who knows the answer
to your public health question;
planing, implementing and evaluating
local health projects; and
tackling health inequalities.
How will the AHA Department of Public Health support
The way in which the Forum develops will be
decided by its members, but our Department will support this development
setting up local Forum meetingsfour
over the next year. The topics and format will be determined by
participants, but might include, for example, local plans to reduce
accidents, smoking or teenage pregnancy, improve services to families
or older people, or tackle regeneration and sustainability. We
envisage a strong emphasis on sharing good practice in public
Avon Community Health Web (ACHeW)
(https://extranet.avonhealth.org.uk/) will have a Public Health
Network page with information on local and national public health.
It will include answers to frequently asked questions, information
on education and training opportunities, links to evidence based
web sites and to related public health organisations, eg the Health
Development Agency, UK Public Health Association;
maintaining a database of members
of an Avon-wide Public Health Network and their public health
activities and interests;
administering an e-mail discussion
group to enable members with e-mail access to quickly seek information
or advice on public health issues from other members in Bristol
and across the wider Avon network; and
offering advice on public health
queries, eg on planning public health projects, or finding the
information that you need.
How do I join the Forum?
To join both the Public Health Forum for Bristol
and the wider Public Health Network, please complete the Membership
Form available from Mike Shepherd or on ACHeW (https://extranet.avonhealth.org.uk/).
For more information
Contact Mike Shepherd at the Department of Public
Health, Avon Health Authority, King Square House, King Square,
Bristol BS2 8EE. Tel: 0117-900 2652, e-mail [email protected]