National Director of Health and Wellbeing for Public Health England at St Barnabas

About 70 people attended a conference at St Barnabas on Tuesday at which Professor Kevin Fenton was a speaker. We are partners in the Wandsworth Coproduction Network which aims to develop community- centred approaches to health and well being. Representatives of  Wandsworth Council, academics ,leaders of  voluntary organisations and charities, and church leaders and leaders in the Muslim Community were all present for a morning of reflection and discussion. We saw films about Somali women sharing expertise in healthy cooking, Mosques delivering family therapies and The New Testament Assembly pioneering fitness classes for men in their middle years. All these projects are community led initiatives to help tackle mental and physical health issues at an early stage. Projects good in themselves but also a practical response to stretched NHS budgets.

Professor Fenton is an inspirational figure who has years of experience combating the spread of HIV in the USA and has a profound understanding of the role of social context- particularly housing and healthy food availability- in people’s all round well-being and the powerful part that community groups can play in changing the mind-sets and practices of politicians and health professionals.

One of the unexpected highlights for me was a conversation with one of the Muslim leaders present who enjoyed the chance to be inside a church!

2 thoughts on “National Director of Health and Wellbeing for Public Health England at St Barnabas

  1. What a wonderful initiative, Id love to be part of something like this in the community. Im a nutritional therapist, please feel free to contact me if there is a way I can be of service. Love & health, Louise

  2. I am very excited to see this post from the venue where we will be holding the Christmas Mini Food Fair on Saturday December 5th 2015. The London South Branch is working hard to support people who have been newly diagnosed with Coeliac disease and brokering links between food producers and customers about the gluten free diet which is essential for those of us with the condition. Our events are posted on the national charity website and we could do with more volunteers.

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