YH ADPH Chair's blog - May 18

04 June 2018

The Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) held its Annual General Meeting last Friday within a day focusing on sector-led improvement in the morning and Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) in the afternoon. Y&H continue to be well represented nationally with Rupert Suckling joining Tim Allison on the Board and Julia Weldon and myself representing the region on the national council.

We can be very proud of our influence on the approach to sector led improvement with our Delivering Excellence in Local Public Health (DELPH) approach, but it was evident from the input from all the regions that approaches evolve all the time and there is always learning from work in other areas relevant to the network as a whole and/or to our communities of improvement.

Our run on the DPH report of the year came to an end with Gateshead taking the prize this year with a focus on health inequalities


Our DPH reports will be uploaded to 'About Us' section of the website very shortly

The afternoon session was kicked off by a presentation by professor Mark Bellis, updating us on the research on adverse childhood experiences. As ever, very powerful stuff and providing a different perspective on how in public health we frame our approach to issues. Perhaps more importantly the research is beginning to draw out practical measures for us to incorporate into our local work.

A number of areas then had the unfortunate job of following this presentation with the local approaches from Bath and Somerset, the North east and of course Blackburn. As the information from the day emerges we will make sure they are uploaded on the website.

It was noted that the other countries in the ADPH were not present at the AGM which is a shame, given some of the work going on there.

I had the privilege of going to Wales to meet with the national team driving the ACE agenda forward. Whilst I understand there is some reticence in adopting this approach in some quarters, I find its focus and the narrative that accompanies it, a very useful way to join the adult and children’s agenda and as a way to break into the intergenerational cycle beleaguering some of our communities.

Something to debate further within Y&H…