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Population health through community development: Maximising the impact of anchor institutions
Through the concept of the anchor institution, the ways in which health and social care can positively impact the economic well-being of our populations are being carefully considered and developed.
We are increasingly aware of the systemic factors that underpin population health: there is naturally a focus on environment as a key issue – but also an acknowledgement that local economic development plays a vital part in keeping the communities that we seek to serve well.
In so many localities where health and social care enjoys a presence, the sector represents a major economic player. We are a key purchaser of goods and services – which, in terms of both community development and ecology – we should be buying locally. And, crucially at this time, we are oftentimes the biggest employer in the area – although our “travel to work” patterns may not reflect this.
At this half-day event, we will start to explore the link between community involvement, local economic development, and population health – with a particular emphasis on shifting our thinking and practice in terms of our workforce challenges. The event will give us the opportunity to consider topics such as genuinely hearing the voice of our populations and reconsidering our recruitment practices to create a more local focus.
We look forward to welcoming a number of expert contributors as well making space and time for us all to speak about our experiences and generate fresh ideas to take back to our workplaces.
For example, we will be joined by Paul Beenen from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, who will speak about his experiences as a key participant in local engagement projects in respect to complexity in health and welfare (www.ecolah.eu). Other speakers will also be invited to present in support of a rich and textured conversation on the day.