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Sandwell health boffins to get worldwide health expertise
11:43am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Sandwell made a successful multi-agency application to become a member of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) UK Healthy Cities Network.
Sandwell Cabinet member for health and wellbeing Councillor Paul Moore said: "This is all about sharing best practices and I am pleased we have been accepted."
The application, which promised to address health inequalities in Sandwell, was made through the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board.
Healthy Cities focuses on city-level political leadership, partnership working and participatory processes to tackle the social determinants of health and health inequality.
The UK Healthy Cities Network is one of 20 networks accredited by the WHO as a member of the Network of European National Healthy Cities Networks.
Paul Southon, public health development manager and Local Co-ordinator For the Healthy Cities Programme said: "We are delighted that Sandwell has been granted Healthy City status.
"Improving the general health and wellbeing of our patient population is at the heart of what we are doing and what we want to achieve.
"In developing the new Sandwell Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy we asked the people of Sandwell what our priorities for change and improvement should be in the coming years. Preventing illness will inevitably be an important strand of work for us."
Now health boffins in Sandwell can access the latest UK and international health information and contribute their experiences to the developing pool of knowledge.
The WHO requires healthy cities to provide a good start in life, higher educational attainment, improved employment prospects, better housing conditions and good transport facilities.
This includes Sandwell Council’s work combating the increasing number of hot food takeaways near schools and the growth of shisha pipe smoking.
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