June bulletin

WELCOME TO OUR JUNE BULLETIN 2019

SCPHRP NEWS

Goodbye Yvonne Laird

After 2.5 years as a Research Fellow at SCPHRP, we are sad to say goodbye to our lovely Yvonne Laird. Yvonne has accepted a new position at the University of Sydney as a Lecturer in Prevention and Health Promotion and will start her new role at the beginning of August.

Yvonne has very much enjoyed her time at SCPHRP and would like to thank all of the SCPHRP team and project collaborators for their support, guidance and involvement over the last 2.5 years. She looks forward to continuing to work with SCPHRP and collaborators in a new capacity and for what the future holds. We are going to really miss you Yvonne!

Welcome Dr. Jessica Hafetz

As we say farewell to Yvonne, we say a big warm welcome to Dr. Jessica Hafetz who will be joining SCPHRP in August as Lecturer in Applied Psychology/Public Health. Her primary interests are in the social determinants of health and well-being for vulnerable populations within a developmental context and in intervention development and evaluation in applied settings. Most of her research has focused on parenting and paediatric unintentional injury. More recently she has begun a program of research on sexual and gender identity disclosure events and the ways in which disclosure experiences can influence the health and well-being of sexual minority youth.

Prior to joining SCPHRP, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 2016-2019, and a scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute and Division of Adolescent Medicine from 2008-2016.

When not working she can be found playing with her two children, Abe and Phoebe, and her dachshund Henry, reading, watching women’s football, hiking, and running. She has never met an animal she didn’t like!

PROJECTS UPDATE

20MPH Project

The University of East Anglia UEA have developed a short animation explaining the 20mph project. Thanks to Dr Karen Milton for co-ordinating the animation, and to Dr Ruth Hunter for providing the narration. It can be viewed on our YouTube channel here.

 

 

EVENTS & SEMINARS

Dr Elizabeth Ablah

University of Kansas – Wichita Associate Professor, Dr Elizabeth Ablah, visited SCPHRP in June to discuss her WorkWell KS initiative. WorkWell KS is a state-wide initiative in Kansas, USA to increase worksite wellness through a multi-level initiative including individual, organisational and policy-level change. Dr Ablah was an excellent speaker and we greatly enjoyed learning about our overlapping research interests – specifically the similarities between Stand Up for Health and WorkWell KS.

We look forward to keeping in touch with Dr Ablah and thank her for making the journey to Edinburgh!

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & REPORTS

REPORT: Future Transitions In Palliative Care Across the Life Course for People with Life-Limiting Conditions

SCPRP’s Jan Pringle has recently finished working as a programme team member for a multidisciplinary project exploring the future of palliative care transitions for people with life limiting conditions. The programme, lead by Tara French, Sneha Raman and Divya Jindal-Snape from Glasgow School of Art and the University of Dundee aimed to build a contextual understanding of care needs and aspirations across the life course, and scope future care models that support the development of person-centred care, towards Scotland 2030. Read more.

A theory based evaluation of an intervention to promote positive health behaviours and reduce social isolation in people experiencing homelessnessStephen Malden, Ruth Jepson, Yvonne Laird, John McAteer

Daines, L., McLean, S., Buelo, A., Lewis, S., Sheikh, A. and Pinnock, H., 2019. Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care. NPJ primary care respiratory medicine, 29(1), p.19.

Epidemic of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Explaining the phenomenon in South Asians worldwide. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/epidemic-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-diabetes-9780198833246?cc=gb&lang=en&

 

OTHER NEWS

Outdoor Nurseries Social Enterprise Fund open for applications.

Thanks to a generous donation from a supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, we have established a new Fund to offer seed-corn investment to develop innovative approaches for the creation of a new generation of outdoor early learning and childcare (ELC) settings. Funding will be available for 12 to 18 months to support the establishment of new outdoor ELC settings.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Friday 12 July 2019. We want to support those making an application and we invite those who are considering applying to register their interest with us by e-mail to jo@inspiringscotland.org.uk – questions can also be submitted to Jo and we will circulate questions and answers to all those who have registered on 29 June and if further questions are submitted thereafter, we will circulate the answers to those on 5 July. Read more…

New research highlighting the complexity of the lives of people facing multiple disadvantage in Scotland has launched today.

Commissioned by Lankelly Chase and The Robertson Trust and authored by Heriot-Watt University, Hard Edges Scotland also details the challenges that charitable services and the public sector are facing. In particular, the report illustrates the mismatch between the multiple disadvantages people face and the fact that services are often set up to address ‘single issues’. Read the full report here

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Our Outdoors

A new citizen science project exploring how shared (public) outdoor spaces affect health and wellbeing.

The project aims to:

  • understand the impact shared (e.g. public) outdoor spaces have on the health and wellbeing of the public.
  • Investigate whether shared outdoor spaces affect people differently and if so, why and in what ways?
  • Identify the best methods for engaging members of the public in citizen science for public health.

Read more here…

 

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SCPHRP March bulletin 2019

STAND UP FOR HEALTH

SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has been home in Toronto, Canada for a while, and plans to return in April to start work on a new NIHR-funded project called Stand Up For Health, which looks at sedentary behaviour in call centres.

The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI call centre in Leith, Edinburgh. The researchers conducted qualitative focus groups and facilitated a workshop to understand the needs and context of the call centre. Based on the qualitative data, activities to reduce sedentary behaviour were developed to target four levels of the call centre: individual, social/cultural, environmental, and organisational levels. Examples of these activities include personal goal setting, healthy competitions, implementation of equipment (standing desks, treadmill desks, stair stepper, etc), and the creation of a wellness committee to organise and administer activities once the researchers have left.

SCPHRP commissioned a video to be created at Ipsos Mori in Leith, with support from staff at both the call centre and SCPHRP. You can find it on our YouTube channel.

Report reveals legacy of public health research centres

By building capacity and capability in public health research, a report shows how the legacy of a UK-wide network of centres of excellence has helped fuel future public health and prevention research. Since 2008, partners in the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) have invested £37 million in a network of six Public Health Research Centres of Excellence (UKCRC centres) to increase infrastructure, build academic capacity in public health research in the UK and provide a platform to engage with policy and practice. The report shows how 10-years of collaborative work by these centres – based in Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Nottingham, Cambridge and Cardiff – has exceeded expectations of what was thought possible back in 2008. Read more here.

Antimicrobial Resistance Project

Earlier this month, SCPHRP’s Larry Doi was in Ghana to work on the Scotland and West Africa Partnership to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance (SWAB) Project, which is being funded by the Scottish Funding Council and the UK Strategies for Global Challenges Research Fund through the University of St Andrews. The goal of the project is to examine drivers of antimicrobial resistance in Ghana. As part of the project, he was involved in conducting stakeholder engagement workshops to assess how the objectives of SWAB could be aligned with the Ghana National Action Plan on Antimicrobial resistance. For more information please contact Larry at larry.doi@ed.ac.uk.

Food security versus food sovereignty: The clash of paradigms

Last Wednesday 20 of March PhD student Ana Sofia Alvarado attended a public lecture called “Food security versus food sovereignty: The clash of paradigms” by Professor Olivier De Schutter, who is the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The content of the lecture was very interesting, clear and well explained. Professor Olivier recognised the importance of the Good Food Nation Consultation, which is happening in Scotland in order to improve and integrate the food system towards a healthier environment. Here is the link https://consult.gov.scot/food-and-drink/good-food-nation/ to complete the consultation about the new law on food. The consultation closes the 18th of April. The Scottish Food Coalition is offering a guide to responding and understand the consultation and the framework legislation.
http://www.foodcoalition.scot/good-food-nation-campaign.html

20MPH Project

SCPHRP’s Ruth Jepson attended a committee meeting on the Restriction Roads Bill to give evidence on the 20MPH project on behalf of the Project Team. Further information on the development of the 20MPH project to come.

eMERGe reporting guidance

The newly formed Evidence Synthesis Ireland have invited Dr Emma France to present a webinar on the eMERGe reporting guidance. It will be on 11/04/19 from 12noon – 1pm. If you want to follow them, their handle is @EvidSynIRL and they now have a website too https://evidencesynthesisireland.ie/. To register please go to:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hxzhy1QRR_uXdE3Eo2f2lw

Dr Emma France, Senior lecturer, Masters in Health Research Acting Programme Director & Dissertation Module Co-ordinator

 

1.SCPHRP’s Jan Pringle has a new publication, following on from research carried out with colleagues at the University of Dundee, and the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS):

Jindal-Snape D, Johnston B, Pringle J, Kelly TB, Scott R, Gold L, Dempsey R. 2019. Multiple and Multidimensional life transitions in the context of life-limiting health conditions: longitudinal study focussing on perspectives of young adults, families and professionals. BMC Palliative Care 18: 30-42

 

This particular project was concerned with learning more about how young adults, in the care of CHAS, transition as they move on from services designed and provided for children. Jan gathered data from young adults in their homes, often involving young adults with very restricted abilities: “It was very humbling to listen to these young adults, and their families, recount their stories. Hopefully these accounts will be of benefit to those providing and shaping services“.

2.Stephen Malden & Larry Doi (2019) The Daily Mile: teachers’ perspectives of the barriers and facilitators to the delivery of a school-based physical activity intervention. BMJ Open, 9:e027169. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027169. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/3/e027169

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The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP) vision is to develop Scotland as a leader in public-health intervention research for equitable health improvement through catalysing strong researcher/research-user collaborations that ensure timely, robust, policy relevant research that is created with – and used by – key decision-makers.

If you have any news including  job vacancies, projects, conferences that you would like to include in the next bulletin, please contact Yvonne Laird (Yvonne.Laird@ed.ac.uk).

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STAND UP FOR HEALTH SCPHRP’s Jillian Manner has been home in Toronto, Canada for a while, and plans to return in April to start work on a new NIHR-funded project called Stand Up For Health, which looks at sedentary behaviour in call centres. The Stand Up for Health intervention has been developed and tested within the Ipsos MORI […]

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