• 28 November 2017

    Glasgow's Healthier Future Forum 20

    Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
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    Power, Health and Social Justice

    The focus of this Healthier Future Forum was on how power might be redistributed more equally with communities and how we can collectively realise the vision for greater community empowerment in Scotland. The intention of our GHFF events is to engage a broad audience in dialogue on emerging issues of relevance to health and health inequalities. In doing so, we seek to allow different perspectives to be shared and new learning to emerge to support progress on these important issues. This event was attended by 150 delegates from a broad range of backgrounds including community organisations, individuals working to improve and change different aspects of their communities and services, community councils and third and public sector colleagues. 

    At the event we presented our new animation on ‘Power as a health and social justice issue’, produced in partnership with NHS Health Scotland. We discussed the evidence behind this, explored opportunities within the national context including the Community Empowerment Act and supported the sharing of perspectives, experiences and learning with those who are already working to redistribute power in different settings. The format for the morning was a brief scene setting in plenary followed by interactive workshops.

    A copy of the programme is available here.

    The plenary and workshop presentations from the forum are available to download below.


    Power as a health and social justice issue - Elinor Dickie, NHS Health Scotland

    How power inequalities shape policy conversations, and what we can do about it? - Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh and What Works Scotland

    "5 in 5" (taster for workshops)


    Empowering marginalised people to effect change in their communities  - Michael Riley, Aberdeenshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership

    Empowering 'patients' in the NHS - why it matters - Cath Cooney & Gerry Power, the ALLIANCE

    The role of creative media in community empowerment - Angela Ross & Moya Crowley, Plantation Productions

    What would 'success' look like for the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and how will be know? - Fiona Myers, NHS Health Scotland & Jill Muirie, GCPH

    A summary of the Twitter activity from the event using the hashtag #GHFF20 is available in this Storify.